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.*
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)!
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
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’˜
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.
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
Total box value: $71.50
Total savings: $56.50
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‡
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 + the Beast (AKA my hair)

โœจ Rave Review ft. Alkali Beauty! โœจ

Hello to all of my tangy readers! Today on Mind Over Mango I’m sharing with you my newest haircare products that I have been using and absolutely LOVING. Alkali Beauty is a cruelty-free haircare brand that focuses on high-quality goods that will make you feel empowered and sexy. Their products are meant to bring out the best in you and boost your confidence, all while simultaneously working their magic to make your lovely locks more beautiful day by day.

Developed by a seasoned team of professional hairstylists and alchemists, our line of luxury shampoos, conditioners, sprays, and serums bring the Alkali salon experience into your home.”

-Alkali Beauty

Disclaimer: Alkali Beauty sent me the products you will learn about in this article. They asked me if I would be interested in trying them out and to educate my readers about their company. I have not been paid to write this article and all opinions are my own. Please read my privacy & disclosure for more information regarding partnerships on my platforms.

๐ŸŒธ So what sets them apart? ๐ŸŒธ

Drugstore shampoos and hair products have their place in the world, but oftentimes they aren’t that great for your hair. This means that unless you study up before heading to the store, you may be taking a gamble on your haircare routine. Alkali Beauty sets a whole new standard for the game, and it’s now more convenient than ever to access salon-quality products right at your fingertips. Their website thoroughly explains theย benefitsย of each of their products, making it simple to understand what you’re actually putting into your hair. By the way, they also have a free text line where you can message them asking any questions you may have about their products. Alkali takes this business seriously, so they’ve made it easy to connect with their brand at any given time.

๐ŸŒธ The Goods ๐ŸŒธ


Alkali Beautyย fuses science and sensuality to deliver salon-quality hair care products to create the look you crave.

I was lucky enough to get to try some of Alkali Beauty’s bestselling products, one being their Peggy Sulahian’s Tease Spray that was created in partnership with the #HOUSEWIVE100 star. Alkali’s Tease hairspray is the first hairspray that I have used in years. I never could find one that I really liked, and this baby fits the bill (and smells amazing, as do all of their products). Other goodies I got to try were the GLOW Shampoo and GLOW Conditioner, their 4Play Spritz heat protectant (sexy names right?), the Afterglow Shine Mist, and one of my favorites, their VIP Serum for hair repair. Each of these has played a vital role in improving the health of my hair in a really big way.

๐ŸŒธ My routine ๐ŸŒธ

First, I wash and condition my hair with both of their GLOW goodies. After rinsing and throwing my hair in a towel for a few minutes, I let it down and warm two pumps of their VIP Serum into the palms of my hands, and then massage it into my hair, focusing mainly on my ends. I’ll then spray their Afterglow Mist all over. If I know that I’ll be styling my hair with heat, I’ll then evenly spray on the 4Play heat protectant. Finally, I like to finish off my styling with their Tease Spray, and off I go!

๐ŸŒธ Final thoughts ๐ŸŒธ

Any products that I use and share on my platforms are ones that I genuinely love and believe in. Alkali Beauty comes as no exception to this rule. I’ve honestly been so impressed with not only the quality of their products but also the quality of their customer service. Michelle, the Founder of Alkali Beauty, has been nothing short of amazing to me while I was testing out these products over the past couple of months. I’ve been trying to push out this content because I have been so eager to share, but a few substantial life events had stunted me from doing so earlier. I sincerely thank Michelle and her whole team at Alkali for their generosity and their commitment to making their customers and clients happy with their amazing products. I’m proud to say that I am one of those very happy people!

Thanks for tuning into this week’s blog post! By the way, Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday! If you’re interested in the Alkali Beauty hair products, now would be a great time to kickstart your holiday shopping!

Until next time…

xoxo Sara

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  • The Dark Plum
    November 22, 2018

    Loved reading about Alkali haircare products! I’ve never hear of them before, and defiantly appreciate a hair care company that is cruelty free and uses high quality ingredients. Your photography and hair look amazing as always! Also I’m loving your earrings in the first shot!

    • Mind Over Mango
      November 22, 2018

      Hi Cassie!!! Iโ€™m so glad you enjoyed the post. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, only cruelty-free over here! Thank you so much for your kind comments! Also, the earrings are some of my favorites! I got them at an antique store. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Mindy Z.
    November 23, 2018

    Great blog post Sara! These products look/sound amazing. I love the pictures too. ๐Ÿ˜ป Your hair looks amazing here! I will check them out!


    • Mind Over Mango
      November 23, 2018

      Hi Mindy! Thank you so much for stopping by. I’m happy to hear you loved everything! Yes, go visit their website! They have even more products than the ones that I shared!

  • Lauren Nakagawa
    November 26, 2018

    I’m so glad to hear they are cruel free, thank you for supporting those types of products, it’s so important! Also, fabulous look. I love that you’re not afraid to play with color and different styles!


    • Mind Over Mango
      November 27, 2018

      Thanks, Lauren! You’re so sweet. Also, I’ve been using cruelty-free makeup and beauty products since the start when I began trying them out in high school. It’s always been close to my heart. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿงก

  • spoonfulofsparkles
    November 26, 2018

    Wow, both the products and company sound amazing! Who doesn’t want luxury hair care products?
    xoxo Carolyn @ http://www.mychicobsession.com

    • Mind Over Mango
      November 27, 2018

      They are amazing! I agree with you 100%. More people are making an effort to become animal-friendly with what products they buy, as we all should be. ๐Ÿต

  • Megan Elliott (@LushtoBlush)
    November 26, 2018

    These products sound awesome!! I’ve actually never heard of Alkali but I’ll definitely be checking them out.

    • Mind Over Mango
      November 26, 2018

      Hi Megan! They are awesome! I thoroughly enjoy every single one of them. Yes, please go check them out and find more over on their website! Thanks for visiting today. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Azanique S. Rawl
    November 27, 2018

    I love cruelty-free beauty products! What a fun brand ๐Ÿ™‚

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

    • Mind Over Mango
      November 27, 2018

      I know, who doesn’t?! You can’t go wrong choosing cruelty-free over non-cruelty-free. Alkali is a very fun brand indeed. ๐Ÿ˜†

  • kileen
    November 27, 2018

    These products sound so amazing and your hair looks so awesome girl! I love how vibrant the color is.

    cute & little

    • Mind Over Mango
      November 27, 2018

      Thank you Kileen! Yes, it’s still very vibrant despite the fact I haven’t re-dyed it in months!

  • Nataly
    November 27, 2018

    I need to try this! It sounds so good for colored hair!

    • Mind Over Mango
      November 27, 2018

      They are good for colored hair! I forgot to mention it in the blog post, but the shampoo and conditioner never drain the color from my hair, which is almost unheard of. They are also meant for “all hair types”. My boyfriend has a much different hair type than me and they work great for both of us! Definitely check them out, girl.

  • Deborah
    November 27, 2018

    WOW your hair looks amazing here! I really want to try this someday – I love that it’s cruelty free!

    • Mind Over Mango
      November 27, 2018

      Thanks Deborah! I appreciate it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Every brand should be cruelty-free at this point! There’s so many more popping up that are animal-friendly. ๐Ÿฆ„

  • Tonya Morris
    November 28, 2018

    I’ve been dying to try this brand! Love that they’re cruelty free! -Tonya Morris

    • Mind Over Mango
      November 28, 2018

      That’s awesome Tonya! You should absolutely give them a try. Yes, cruelty-free indeed!

  • lavendamemory
    November 28, 2018

    Sounds like a cool line. Do you know if they are non-toxic and pretty clean? xx

  • Denise Kokinis
    November 28, 2018

    This line sounds awesome! Ever since going blonde, I have been trying to find some good haircare, but have yet to really find a set that I like a lot! Your hair always looks so good and so healthy!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

    • Mind Over Mango
      November 28, 2018

      Thank you so much, Denise! You’re always so sweet. ๐Ÿ˜ญ Ohhh yes, I’m assuming that you had darker colored hair then. That can take a real toll! I find that Alkali’s VIP Serum and Afterglow Mist have really improved the health of my hair. I’d say look into it! I think they’d really help you as well!

  • adriana
    November 30, 2018

    These sound like such amazing products! I’ll check out their website

  • Ifeoluwa Anani
    December 3, 2018

    Sounds like a great shampoo for colored hair! love your rainbow hair

    • Mind Over Mango
      December 6, 2018

      Hi Ifeoluwa, yes – I’ve had no issues with my hair color draining. They are one of the few shampoos I’ve tried that have drained literally nothing at all. Also, thank you so much! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • stylelullaby
    December 6, 2018

    i have colored hair myself and am always looking for good shampoos for it! will have to definitely check this out. your hair looks gorgeous darling!

    • Mind Over Mango
      December 6, 2018

      Oh, awesome! I’ll check yours out on your site! Also, I have no complaints with this shampoo for my coloring. I think it’s really been awesome. Thank you beautiful!

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