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APOTHECARY EXTRACTS TEA TREE OIL REVIEW || GIVEAWAY

My natural natural hair has prompted the use of a variety of oils and moisturizers both natural and man made. I've experimented with coconut oil, almond oil, tea tree oil, jojoba oil and a varying concoction of oils and conditioners for both my hair and skin. 
Although the frigid winter weather in New York is long gone, its harsh and drying effects are long lasting not only on my skin but also on my hair. 


I've been experimenting with the Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil as an oil-wash lately for my hair. Brand Backer sent me this 100% Pure Australian tea tree oil for testing.


PRODUCT CLAIMS: Can be used as a shampoo, lotion, soap, face cleanser and body wash to fight Acne, Toenail Fungus, Lice, Yeast Infections, Skin Tags, Cold Sores, Dandruff, Ringworm, Fleas, Warts, Psoriasis and more. (by more I mean this can also be used as a cleaning agent for your home!)

MY REVIEW

Shipping took quite a bit of time because it was coming from Australia. Packacing was secure and it arrived secure and intact. Although there was no book included :(

I used it as a conditioner / shampoo and it was AMAZING on my scalp.
I've always heard people talking about using oils for pre-poo but I never actually considered it till I received this oil and thought it'd be a great idea to test it out. (how daring, imagine if it made me hair fall out or something?)


After several washes I found that not only did my scalp feel exquisitely clean, my pores were breathing, my hair felt nourished and my tresses were squeaky clean!! I tend to have a dryer than average scalp so I have to moisturize my scalp every chance I get. I did not leave a greasy or gross residue which I really appreciated.

*The scent of the tea tree oil is certainly [strong]. I would definitely file the scent under the astringent category. 
I really enjoyed using this. I've only tested it on my scalp / hair so far and I really liked the results it rendered so I am more inclined to test it else where now. 

Apothecary Extracts was so kind to offer one of my readers a full size bottle of the Tea Tree Oil. If you are eager to try this, it can be purchased here; Apothecary Extracts  100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil

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SPRING SKIN CARE

 The warmer is weather in New York has been undeniably beautiful lately and beautiful weather certainly calls for beautiful skin! Throughout the frigid and dreary winter months, I used a variation of oils and moisturizers to keep my skin happy and healthy.  

With the warmer weather approaching, I've changed and replaced a few items, leaving my spring / summer skin care routine a little simpler yet effective. 

 I use this mask once a week to clear and detoxify my skin. 

 Aveeno is always a go-to brand for me. The micro-beads in the daily cleanser is soft and gentle enough for everyday exfoliation and skin brightening.

I finish off my routine using witch hazel as a natural toner. This soothes and balances the skin's ph especially after detoxifying or using any harsh products that may strip the skin.


What new products will you be adding to your skin care for the spring / summer? 

-This is not a sponsored post // Image credit Life of Pix-
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LINK LOVE

Link Love is a theme I've featured on my blog in the past. While doing some technical maintenance on my blog, I came across these posts and remember how much of a great idea it was.
The internet has been FLOODED with personal branding and style and these posts are definitely the most perfect ways to shout out some of those. 

In the Link Love posts you can expect to find fashion, beauty and lifestyle themed posts as it relates to Love Mavin so I hope you enjoy.

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FASHION MAVENS
SIMPLY CYN
This fashion blogger is so cool it hurts. I'm not just talking about her beautiful fro! Her attention to detail in styling is simply impeccable.
|| Simply Cyn  ||

NANY'S KLOZET
The beauty behind this blog traveled to the US (Florida) to attend school and I've been watching her blossom into a beautiful woman and (recently) wife since. Her style is effortless and very feminine check her out.
|| Nany's Klozet ||

SKINNY HIPSTER
Her name says it all. Her chic and never-forgotten outfits are styled with details in mind. All outfit posts are certain to spark your interest.
|| Skinny Hipster Blog ||

BEAUTY QUEENS
RAVEN ELYSE
She seems like such a sweet spirit in her videos. Her youtube videos are primarily of make up and beauty but she also endulges in fashion. She is a fashion design major after all.

ROSITA
I have no shame fan girl-ing this young lady! It is always such an honor and inspiration to see a young woman rapidly become so successful doing what she loves. If I were to rave on any more I would simply bore you. Check out her make up tutorials on Youtube!
|| ROSITAAPPLEBUM ||

CARLA
Carla's channel primarily focuses on make up and hair tutorials and I love her for just that! Her looks are very simple and easy to attain - a style that I quite appreciate - and her hair tutorials are simple darling!
|| BEAUTYBYCARLA ||

LIFESTYLE
BRENDON BURCHARD
Amazing life coach and motivational speaker. His videos help you analyze and plan towards fixing any challenges you may be facing.
|| Brendon Burchard on Youtube ||

STYLIZIMO BLOG
If you adore minimalist interior design, join me here as I SWOON over the Stylizimo blog.
|| Stylizimo Blog || 

FOOD WISHES
Watching other people do things like cook is quite relaxing for me. Be sure to indulge in this channel where both everyday and fancy international meals are cooked and he animated narrative voice will keep you entertained throughout.
|| Food Wishes on Youtube || 

-This is not a sponsored post // Image credit Life of Pix-
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♡ MARCH BEAUTY FAVORITES ♡


As a beauty blogger, I try so many different items that sometimes it is quite difficult to narrow down what products are my favorite. The list below are items that I found myself reaching for whenever I am on the go or when I need a guaranteed "no-fail" look. 

  COVERGIRL QUEEN COLLECTION LIPSTICK - Q470 MOCHA LOCHA 

This lipstick was the first product I tried from the Covergirl Queen collection. I rarely use Covergirl because I can never find my shade in anything. This lipstick however was so flattering, I can't put it down. I find myself wanting to reach for it everyday. 


 MAYBELLINE LIP GLOSS - CAVIAR COUTURE


 MAYBELLINE FIT ME - MATTE + PORELESS FOUNDATION - 355 Coconut 


 L'OREAL INFALLIBLE PRO-MATTE POWDER - I believe this is the color cocoa 

 L'OREAL INFALLIBLE PRO-MATTE MAKEUP EXTENDER - SETTING SPRAY 

 BATH & BODY WORKS BODY LOTION - SEA ISLAND COTTON 



What were some of your favorite beauty items this past month?
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BLOG HICCUP


CURRENTLY TAKING CARE OF SOME HOUSE KEEPING AND MAINTENANCE! 
WE WILL BE BACK TO REGULAR POSTING WITH FRESH NEW CONTENT SOON!!

OLD FACTORY CANDLE GIFT SET GIVEAWAY - C L O S E D -


- keep reading on how to enter this giveaway - 
OLD FACTORY manufactures soy candles that are hand poured in the US. Each of the 3 gourmet candles in the gift set are created with natural soy wax, cotton paper wicks, and pure fragrance oils. The candles are guaranteed to burn 20 hrs straight.

REVIEW
PACKAGING - Comes in a brown box with a sweet positive message inside.

- Candle packaging comes in durable glass container with label of the name of the candle on the bottom.
- Includes recommendations for everyday things like candles for best sleep, relaxation, energy, increased focus and more.



SCENTS - I chose the vacation package to review. It contained
SEA BREEZE - Very fresh linen smell. It reminds me of fresh vacation towels. (Is that weird?)
HAWAIIAN LEI  - Smell is exactly as described very heavily floral scent. 
AWAPUHI - Reminds me of a very sweet floral hibiscus-esque smell. 
Old Factory has a HUGE collection of options to try from - NEW BORN BABY | COFFEE SHOP | FALL HARVEST | FRESH & CLEAN | HAPPY HOLIDAYS | 50 SHADES | MAN CAVE | ROMANCE | SPA DAY | VACATION | WINTER WONDERLAND

TO ENTER THIS GIVE AWAY
COMMENT BELOW ON WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.
TWEET ME (@LoveMavin)  OR TAG ME IN AN INSTAGRAM (@Love_Mavin) POST ON SOMETHING OR SOMEONE THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.
//EDIT// CLOSES ON 03/23/15

*Be happy with where and who you are in your life right now*
- Be happy in your reality -


*This candle was scent to me to review from Brand Backer and Old Factory *
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BEAUTY TIPS FOR YOUR SPRING SKIN

- not my photo -

It is often said that beauty is in the mind. However, living in this world, you will realize that people look at you more than your mind. So, here are some tips that will help you look good and give you the confidence to impress others around you.

Face Mask
Start by using a cleanser to remove the dirt. This should be followed by a mild scrub. Here, make sure that it contains exfoliates that are non-abrasive and round. After exfoliating, a facial mask should be applied that suits your skin.
Note: There are different face packs for different skin types. For example, if you have dry skin, you should prepare banana facial mask, papaya facial mask and so on. However, if you have oily skin, you should prepare apple facial mask, tomato facial mask and so on.

Facial Massage
Facial massages are often overlooked when it comes to looking fresh and rejuvenated. You can create your own at home, but it is better to let an expert take the trouble of applying it on your face so you can relax and day dream about that up coming spring break.

Hydrating at night
Getting ready to sleep? You should apply moisturizer and repair skin damage. Most of the night creams contain plant enzymes, vitamin C, olive oil and essential oils that can be perfect for a moisturizing session at night.

Planning to buy beauty and makeup products online? Nordstrom is a good source. Buy it from Nordstrom and get exclusive discounts on them. Apart from it, you can get additional discounts on applying Nordstrom coupon code.
Note: Promo codes are life savers, but you can make the most of it by matching promo codes to discounts and offers available on the online store.

*This is a guest post and the author wants to remain anonymous*

[Let me know if you enjoy guest posts and I'll be sure to feature more. xo]

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INSTANATURAL ORGANIC SKIN CARE

It is no secret that I'm slightly obsessed with skin care. I believe if you take care of your skin it will will be good to you. I've had the opportunity to review a few of Instanatural's products and I am pleased to say I've had such a great experience with all the products.
(Comment below if you'd be interested in a giveaway). 

Today's review is on Instanatural's Dead Sea Mud Mask and Retinol Moisturizer. 
You can watch the review and check out my other videos on my YOUTUBE as well. xo



The mud mask can be purchased on the
INSTANATURAL WEBSITE: http://bit.ly/1DfvQvz -or- AMAZON: http://amzn.to/1vt8Clx

-BRAND BACKER SENT ME THESE PRODUCTS ON BEHALF OF INSTANATURAL FOR A REVIEW- 

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FROZEN


I initially had a totally different outfit in mind but the record breaking temperatures in New York had other plans. I was also was going to edit out the heels in the corner of the photo but I thought they deserved a little bit a feature since I brought them out in the cold. 






COAT || H & M ||
SHIRT || Express ||
PANTS || Marshalls ||



#nycchill #winter #toocold #ididitforfashion



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