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I'm so excited to share with everyone the clean, vegan, cruelty-free subscription beauty box by a new company, @freebunni! ๐Ÿฅฐ This box was courtesy of Free Bunni, and I have not been paid for a review. 
That being said, I really, REALLY love this incredible box. 
Free Bunni is a quarterly subscription that will send you full sized products ($130 value) for $70. Before anyone hesitates, let's do the math:

4 boxes x $70/box is $280/year (or $17.50/mo). If you're paying an average of $25 every month for other boxes, that's $300/year. Right there you're saving money.

You also get 20 full size vegan products/year compared to a few handfuls of minis. ๐Ÿ’ธ

Finally, my review! Here is my full nightly face routine for the past 2 months: *Companies tagged*

Green Tea & Camellia Facial Cleanser: I've been using this cleanser nightly and it's like nothing I've ever tried. It gets super bubbly and fizzy and smells fresh. It's a really unique cleanser that helps take off my makeup every night. It kind of tickles actually and is fun to use. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Flower Water Toner: Next step is this toner. I'm absolutely obsessed with toners (hyperpigmentation) and this is by far THE BEST one I've ever tried. ๐Ÿ˜ญ Definitely my favorite box product. The difference in redness of my skin makes me feel good about myself.  It helps take off leftover makeup too. I also apply before makeup.

Physical Attraction Serum: I use this sparingly since hydration isn't big concern. ๐Ÿ’ฆ The colder months are drying out my cheek areas (no clue why) but this helps revitalize my skin.

Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream: This is such a neat product. I use this every night under my eyes to reduce puffiness. ๐Ÿ‘€ It helps with dark circles too, though that's not a concern for me. It smells incredible! โ˜•

Lavender Lemon Lotion: I use this everyday because my hands get really dry. ๐Ÿ‘ It's creamy and thick and soaks in beautifully. I usually don't use it for my face, but I will in place of the serum if I'm in the mood.

Do I recommend: YES! โœ…

Thank you SO MUCH to @freebunni for this opportunity. I've been using these on a daily/nightly basis the past 2 months and my skin makes me feel  so  beautiful.๐Ÿ‡ #mindovermango #gifted

I'm so excited to share...

I can say that I have tried quite a few face washes and mists over the past 2.5 years. So far, Iโ€™ve pretty much enjoyed all that Iโ€™ve tried. That being said, I can say that @lather has been my longest face wash that I have used on a consistent basis. โณ I partnered with LATHER for this post to give an honest review of their products in exchange for a discounted price. ๐Ÿ‡ *Unedited photos. I am wearing mascara, brow powder, and lip stain.*
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LATHERโ€™S products are botanically based. ๐ŸŒฟ Their cleansing milk contains oat protein and sweet almond oil that helps to condition skin, while their face mist contains algae and witch hazel extract to clean and tighten pores. Being that it is also vegan and cruelty-free, I decided that it would likely be a no-brainer to test out. ๐Ÿฐ (Shout out to @joinpalm as well for the opportunity to do so)!
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My skin has cleared up and more importantly has stayed clear since using these products on a nightly basis. ๐ŸŒ I tried a couple of other new products this month to break up the routine and now kind of regret it. I started breaking out again around my chin, jaw line, and under my cheek bones after straying from my LATHER routine. โ€ข
I like using this face wash every night, especially because it does a great job at removing leftover makeup from the day. My routine is as follows: 1๏ธโƒฃ Remove makeup with makeup wipe. 2๏ธโƒฃ Apply face cleanser and massage on my face and across my closed eye lids + lashes. 3๏ธโƒฃ Rinse, apply additional products as needed, and finish off with spritzing my LATHER face mist all over my face and across my neck and chest for a refreshing coolness on the skin. ๐ŸŒฌ
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Would I recommend these products and this company to a friend. YES! ๐Ÿฅฐ Absolutely. Iโ€™ve thoroughly enjoyed using these goods and look forward to my nightly routine after coming home from the day. I can only speak highly of this company and have had great experiences with their products. ๐Ÿ’˜
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Thank you so much to @lather and @joinpalm for this wonderful chance to find new skincare products that have been working wonders on my skin! ๐Ÿ˜ธ I think Iโ€™ll continue sticking to my routine for a while. ๐Ÿ˜† #mindovermango #collab

I can say that I...

I am so incredibly blessed to be apart of the cruelty-free community! ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ @petitvour has once again graciously gifted me their vegan monthly beauty box, this time for August 2019. ๐Ÿ“ฆ I've uploaded an "unboxing" on my IGTV of the goods that came in this month's box. ๐Ÿ“บ For as low as $15 a month you can receive up to $50 worth of vegan, non-toxic, and cruelty-free beauty products to your doorstep. ๐Ÿฐ If you love what you received, you can buy duplicates or full sizes of any products you received in your box on their website.
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Featured in this month's box:
1๏ธโƒฃ Lengthening Organic Mascara by @harvestnaturalbeauty - $18
2๏ธโƒฃ Pa'akai Cleansing Cream by @honuaskincare - $12
3๏ธโƒฃ Essential Radiance Toner by @dermae- $2.50 
4๏ธโƒฃ Blemish Clearing Serum by @juicebeauty - $15
5๏ธโƒฃ Envie Desoir Natural Perfume by Petite Histoire (@becomealover) - $5
6๏ธโƒฃ Noir by Antonym Eyeliner by @antonymcosmetics - $19
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Total box value: $71.50
Total savings: $56.50
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Check out my IGTV for a real inside look at this month's box to learn more about the products and my thoughts and experiences about them all. ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ“บ๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ‡
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Thank you so much to Petit Vour for your kindness and generosity to the animals, and also to this Mango, too! ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿฅญ #mindovermango

I am so incredibly blessed...

Portugal Pinup. ๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น #mindovermango

Portugal Pinup. ๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น #mindovermango

Drone shot from my holiday (as everyone outside the US seems to call it) on Sao Jorge Island in the Azores! ๐ŸŒ I shot this on my DJI Mavic 2 Pro, who right now is getting the love he needs in the DJI repair shop because I crashed my baby while away on vacation a day after this image was shot. ๐Ÿ˜ญ That being said, I'm so incredibly grateful for the amazing footage I was able to capture prior to the accident! ๐Ÿ›ฉ #fromwhereidrone #womenwhodrone #mindovermango

Drone shot from my holiday...

I went on this crazy bathing suit shopping spree right before my trip to the Azores because I hadn't bought myself a bathing suit for the past 6 years. ๐Ÿ˜ญ So if I'm doing my math correctly, 5 new bathing suits = 30 more years until I need to buy another one. ๐Ÿงฎ #mindovermango

I went on this crazy...

I couldn't decide which background to choose, so I chose all of them. ๐Ÿค— I wanted to introduce some of you to a product (and company) you probably have never heard of before. @hairshotsbyamy is a unique hair goods company who has created their own "hair perfumes" that are meant to be used to freshen up your locks when they need it. ๐Ÿ‘ง

This company states that "hair shots starts where shampoo leaves off". ๐Ÿ›€ Often times the scent of our shampoos vanishes after washes, and during our workouts, our heads naturally get sweaty (and maybe a little bit smelly too). ๐Ÿ˜ท This heat activated hair fragrance helps to #sweetenyourlocks and keeps your hair smelling fresh when you need it most. 
Amy was cool enough to send me over two of her bottles (of course I had to try a mango scent) that I was able to bring with me on my vaca to the Azores recently. ๐Ÿ›ฉ I figured with the heat and vaca activities, I might need a little refresh and I'm thankful that these cute bottles gave my hair a much needed boost. ๐Ÿ™‚

They come in all kinds of scents, so you can pick what you may like best. I need to say that the Asian Green is probably my favorite, and I highly recommend trying out this scent if you're in the market for a new type of hair product with benefits. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฅญ Thank you Amy for letting me give your products a test run. I'm grateful and look forward to using my new hair shots again in the future! ๐Ÿ™‚ #mindovermango #hairshots

I couldn't decide which background...

I'm so excited to finally share this! Mind Over Mango has been published in @dyemag! ๐Ÿฅฐ ๐Ÿ“– I've been wanting to share for weeks but needed the hard copy to be in my hands to make it feel official. ๐Ÿ™ So much of this is in thanks to my incredible Fiancรฉ, Cassio of @cdv.creative (also known as @stacking_shit). ๐Ÿคต๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‘ฐ Cassio helped with this project by photographing all of the content that was accepted into this issue of Dye Magazine. ๐Ÿ“š He has been very supportive of my passion for expressing myself through imagery and has taken on the role of a photographer like a champ! ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ’ช Thank you so much to meu amor, and thank you for the publication Dye Mag! (P.S. The last two published images were from my first ever brand campaign featuring @trafficpeople! Pink dress in the first image and full page spread from @dreamsisterjane.) #mindovermango

I'm so excited to finally...

Alkali Beauty Does it Again: Midnight Duo by Emily Simpson Takes the Cake

๐ŸŒ› Midnight Masterpiece ๐ŸŒœ

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on the blog. Between my two new jobs, working out, and preparing for summer vacation, I have been connecting with several companies, trying out their products to see how I feel before moving forward with any potential partnerships here on Mind Over Mango. In 2018 I wrote a Rave Review article about Alkali Beauty after carefully testing their products to see how they would interact with my high-maintenance hair. Neither the products nor did the customer service disappoint me, and I still continue to use them on a weekly basis.
Alkali Beauty Midnight Shampoo Mask Real Housewives

The Midnight Duo Shampoo and Mask is their latest celebrity collaboration, this time with The Real Housewives star Emily Simpson. Alkali was generous enough to allow me to try these out prior to their official launch date. Authenticity is extremely important to me, and although I have had a great experience previously with this company and have built a strong relationship with them, I didn’t want to misrepresent their products by just saying that I enjoyed them, even if I didn’t.

Clearly based on the title of the article, it isn’t exactly a secret that I was pleased with the Midnight Duo. Still, I wanted to write an in-depth review of the products and my experiences so that you may make your own conclusions and see if these would be the right fit for you as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

โญ Preface โญ

Disclaimer: Before jumping in, I want to preface that Alkali’s products are aimed toward an audience who appreciates salon-quality products. Hairdressers and salons also land within this market. That being said, their products are priced according to their quality. If you are someone who much prefers to purchase hair goods at a lower price point, then I suggest visiting your local Target or even checking out some of my other blog posts here on Mind Over Mango to see what products may be in your price range. Today though, I really want to shine the spotlight again on this incredible, cruelty-free hair company.

โญ Exfoliating Shampoo โญ

First off, these products smell amazing – there’s no way around it. Once you get past the luxurious scent, you will learn that the Midnight Shampoo is meant to exfoliate your scalp while also drawing out any impurities. We are constantly exposed to toxins in our environments which cling to our bodies over time – including our scalps. When using this I make sure to lather up and really scratch my scalp while washing my hair to rid myself of oil and toxin buildup, and the exfoliating beads help give me that extra boost I need to do so. This shampoo is color-safe (obviously!) and gives your hair more luster after just one use. My favorite time to use this shampoo is after I hit the gym. My hair tends to feel just plain ick and my head itches like crazy. This shampoo has become an absolute staple after my workouts.

โญ Replenishing Mask โญ

After washing your hair with the exfoliating shampoo and towel drying it, it’s time to then apply the mask. After towel drying I apply the product directly onto my hair, using a comb to evenly distribute the product, applying a little extra product to my ends. It’s important to let the mask do its job, so I wait 5 minutes as directed (sometimes a minute or two more) to allow the mask to nourish my strands before rinsing it out. After the 5 or so minutes is up, I step back in the shower and rinse my hair in cool water. I always highly recommend giving your hair a final rinse in cold water no matter what product you use, because it allows the cuticles to close up, smoothing out your hair strands. After rinsing out the Midnight Mask, my hair felt so much softer to the touch. The mask made my hair feel silky, and my ends didn’t feel dried out like some products can cause them to be.

โญ Completing My Routine โญ

I followed up the Midnight Shampoo and Mask using some of Alkali’s other hair products, which I outlined in the previous Alkali Beauty article I wrote. I applied a few sprits of their 4Play Heat Protectant, followed by a quick blow dry and then applying their VIP Serum to the ends of my slightly damp hair. I finished off with a few sprits of their AfterGlow Mist Shine Spray to complete my full Alkali Beauty hair routine.

Alkali Beauty Midnight Duo Emily Simpson RHOC

โญ Price Point โญ

As previously mentioned, the price point of Alkali’s products reflects its salon-quality nature. Currently, as of March 2019, the Midnight Duo by Emily Simpson is having an introductory sale price of $69. Once the launch sale is complete, the regular on-sale price will then sit at a cool $78.ย  If you’re not ready to drop a little extra dough on a full set: fear not. You can buy both the Midnight Shampoo and the Mask separately starting at $39 each. As for the professional hairdressers or salons, you can connect with Alkali to carry their products in your own establishments as well!

๐ŸŒ› Wrapping Up ๐ŸŒœ

That just about wraps up my latest blog post here on Mind Over Mango. I’d like to give a gracious thank you to Alkali Beauty for your consistently beautiful products, and also for allowing me the opportunity to try out your newest collection. I’d also like to say thank you to my readers here on my blog for checking out my newest article.

Have you ever tried Alkali Beauty? What are your thoughts on salon-quality products like these? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you all!

xoxo Sara

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22 Comments
  • kileen
    April 2, 2019

    Sounds like such a great product line! Definitely need to try, thanks for sharing!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    • Mind Over Mango
      April 2, 2019

      Thanks, Kileen! Alkali Beauty has been really wonderful through and through. I highly recommend them!

  • Jess Rowland
    April 2, 2019

    Love this blog and of course alkali beauty!!! Their products are absolutely amazing and such a game changer in this industry! Not one of my clients has been disappointed! The world needs to be aware of them! ๐Ÿ–ค -@row_house_hair

    • Mind Over Mango
      April 2, 2019

      You’re so awesome, Jess! Thank you for your feedback. I can’t imagine that any of your clients would ever have a complaint. Alkali Beauty has done such a great job emerging into this tough market and it’s really cool to hear that your clients love it as much as I do! Fellow Alkamobsters. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Stephanie
    April 2, 2019

    Youโ€™re certainly a busy bee lately! Glad to see a new blog post from you. And always glad to read a hair product review since you have colorful hair so I trust your thoughts!

    • Mind Over Mango
      April 2, 2019

      Haha, yes I have been! Like, extremely busy. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been able to sit down and write, but always so worth it. Thank you so much for your kind words, Stephanie. ๐Ÿ˜„ I’m happy to hear you feel that way! Thank you for stopping by! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

  • Deborah
    April 2, 2019

    I’d love to try this – I am always a big fan of clean and cruelty-free products!

  • Oh this product sounds exactly like what I’ve been looking for! I have been wanting to find good clean products for my hair!

    • Mind Over Mango
      April 3, 2019

      I bet you’d love the scalp exfoliating qualities of Alkali Beauty’s Midnight shampoo then! The fact that it can help draw out impurities would likely fit what you’re searching for. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  • Taylor Mobley
    April 3, 2019

    I’ve never tried this brand before!! It looks amazing.

    • Mind Over Mango
      April 3, 2019

      They’re a relatively new brand on the market! I love discovering new companies. If you take a look at their website you’ll see how much more they have that’s not even included in this article. ๐Ÿ˜„ Thanks for stopping by Taylor!

  • blogthirtyminusone
    April 4, 2019

    I was not familiar with this brand. But this duo seems like one to try.

    Nailil
    http://thirtyminusone.com

    • Mind Over Mango
      April 4, 2019

      Thanks, Nailil, it is! They’re a relatively new company so they’re just emerging into the market in the past couple of years.

  • Tonya Morris
    April 4, 2019

    I’ve heard great things about that shampoo! I definitely need to try it!

    • Mind Over Mango
      April 7, 2019

      It’s a wonderful shampoo from an even more wonderful company. I highly recommend trying it!

  • Tara
    April 8, 2019

    i’ve never heard of this brand but it sound worth checking out! love that they’re cruelty free!

    • Mind Over Mango
      April 8, 2019

      Yes, they’re definitely a newer brand, but very worth checking out when you can. Also, I love that Alkali Beauty is cruelty-free too!

  • I love that it’s cruelty-free! I’d be interested to try this haircare line.

  • Denise Kokinis
    April 9, 2019

    So… I had no idea this was a thing, but now I am over here googling this! I need this for my hair ASAP!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

    • Mind Over Mango
      April 12, 2019

      Hi Denise! So glad I could introduce you to a new company! Of course, I highly recommend Alkali Beauty. Please do check them out if you’re interested. ๐Ÿ™‚

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