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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...

Book Review: LIKEtoKNOW.it: Stories from the Influencer Next Door

LIKEtoKNOW.it First Book

Hello lovelies! Today I’m really excited to kick start my new blog series titled “Bookworm“. In this series, you can expect me to review some of my favorite books I’ve read. It is definitely a different direction from my fashion and beauty blog posts here on Mind Over Mango, but one that I’m excited to share with you!

 

Stories from the Influencer Next Door goes behind the screen with over 100 of the world’s top global influencers sharing their path to influence.

I absolutely love reading, and in this series, you will find mostly non-fiction books such as entrepreneurial, business, and leisure coffee table reads. Today I will be reviewing the newest book I’ve added to my growing library, that being the well-awaited LiketoKnow.it: Stories from the Influencer Next Door. This beautifully curated coffee table book is one that I immediately added to my wish list as soon as I found out they were publishing one. I have a little bit of a book addiction, so I really couldn’t help myself from pre-ordering it. You can find this book available right now on Amazon, This book was officially released on September 18th, 2018. Since I pre-ordered the book, it arrived on my doorstep that same day as its official release. Yay for being a bookworm!

Like to Know it Book Influencers
Jessica Wang from Not Jess Fashion is featured in the new book.

Who & What Are Included

This book includes some of my favorite modern-day influencer icons including Stephanie Hill (@thestylebungalow), Leonie Hanne (@ohhcouture), Jessica Wang (@notjessfashion), and Caitlin Covington (@cmcoving), among others! The book also contains five categories of influencer niches, including fashion, family, home, beauty, and fitness.


Curated by the Editors of LIKEtoKNOW.it, the book has something for everyone – the entrepreneur, the fashionista, the foodie, the stay-at-home mom, the beauty buff, the interior design guru, and so much more – encouraging readers to find their people and their influence.” – Editors of LTK.it


What I loved

One part about this book that I really loved was that I discovered so many new influencers that I had never heard of before. Erica Hoida of @fashionedchicstyling was one of them. There were also a couple of men featured in this book, although they were few and far between, as women tend to dominate the influencer industry. (Hey, no complaints! Girl power rules).

Like to Know it Book Influencers

Every influencer had a two page spread filled with images of them and what they do. In an interview-style writing format, each blogger answered 3 to 4 different questions about them and their niche, ranging from “what were you doing before you launched your brand?” to “what is your favorite quote or mantra?”. Each spread includes the blogger’s name, social handle, where they are located, and the date that they first established themselves. It was fun reading through all of the blogger’s answers and seeing when they first began their brand.

Like to Know it Book Influencers
Erica Hoida was one of the many new bloggers that I learned about.

Physical Quality & Appearance

The book itself has a nice weight to it and is a whopping 232 pages long, as it’s packed page to page with badass bloggers from around the world. The paper and image quality are great and each page has a nice thickness to it as well. Overall, the book is beautifully crafted and definitely the “coffee table” book that it is advertised to be. The book is categorized under “Marketing” on Amazon.

Like to Know it Book

Who wasn’t included

There are a couple of influencers that I was surprised were not included in the new book, some being the most popular (and in my opinion, top-notch) influencers. Left out of the pages were Tara Whiteman (@taramilktea), Jaci Marie Smith (@jacimariesmith), Julia Engel (@juliahengel) and Steffy (@steffy). I do think though that the book was a good mixture of influencers who dominated the industry, and also ones who have smaller followings but are impactful in their niches.

Like to Know it Book Influencers

Questions I have

I’d be curious to know the curation process and how LTK.it went about their selections in choosing which influencers made the ranks, and which ones fell flat of joining the elite forces contained within the pages of the book. Perhaps some of the higher ranking influencers don’t utilize the social shopping platform. However, I have seen influencers in the book who do not regularly advocate to promote any real LTK.it monetization on their social accounts or blogs. Perhaps it is simply a matter of networking and connections that landed these bloggers a spot in the highly publicized book.

Also, some of the bloggers I follow were placed into categories that I would never have labeled them under. For example, Stephanie Hill of @thestylebungalow was placed under the #LTKhome section of the book. I definitely would not consider her a home or lifestyle blogger, but rather a fashion blogger. There were several others that fell into odd categories, which was a little confusing. I’m not 100% sure of the thought process behind it, but my guess is that they didn’t want to overcrowd some sections of the book and needed to level everything out. Despite my questions, it did not deter me from enjoying the book.

Like to Know it Book Leonie Hanne Ohh Couture
I was happy to find a few of my favorite bloggers as I was flipping through the book!

Overall opinion

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I’m kind of a sucker for coffee table books and love to collect them for display purposes. The imagery is beautiful and the book includes a solid mix of different influencers from several industries. There are many new bloggers to learn about and follow after flipping through the pages. If you’re looking for inspiration, this is a good book for it, as it gives you a glimpse into each blogger’s life and career. If anything, it’s a beautiful piece that would look great in your home as decor or as a casual read for you or your guests.

This book isn’t one that I would sit and read front to back, but rather one I’d flip through during my spare time and read in bits and pieces. I give this book a thumbs up and recommend it to any fellow bookworm interested in the influencer lifestyle. You can currently purchase this book on Amazon for less than $25.

Thank you so much for checking out the first of many blog posts in my newest Bookworm series! I can’t wait to share more of my favorite reads with you in the future.

Until next time!

xoxo Sara

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12 Comments
  • The Dark Plum
    September 18, 2018

    Love this post Sara! I’m such a sucker for coffee table books and I was curious to know what influencers were included. I too am surprised at some of the bigger names you mentioned like Julia Engel not being included, and I’m happy to see some of my favorites like Erica Hoida in the book. Thanks for this review I definitely will be picking this book up!

    • Mind Over Mango
      September 19, 2018

      Thank you Cassie!!! Oh I know, I’m the same exact way! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love reading in general, but I also really love books that are more for display purposes or a light read here and there. I have a growing collection of coffee table books for that purpose! ๐Ÿ“š Also, definitely was surprised about no Julia Engel. I was really hoping for Tara Milk Tea so that was a little disappointing. Yes though, go buy the book it you’d like. For the price it’s a nice piece to have! ๐Ÿ“– Thanks for checking out my blog girly!

  • Mindy Z.
    September 18, 2018

    I heard they were publishing a book and I wasn’t sure if I should get it or not! I initially heard mixed reviews but I like how you were honest about certain parts. It definitely is a pretty coffee table book though!

    • Mind Over Mango
      September 18, 2018

      Hey Mindy! Yes, I actually read some of the reviews after it was released and some people made a few good points as to why they didn’t really favor it. I personally like it, but I’m here mostly for its aesthetic! Anyway, check it out and read some reviews for yourself to see how you feel! Thanks as always for keeping up to date on my blog posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sarah
    September 19, 2018

    Great photos, thanks for the recommendations!

    https://www.baeareabeauty.co/

    • Mind Over Mango
      September 19, 2018

      You’re welcome Sarah! Thank you for stopping by and checking it out!

  • Emily Hester
    September 20, 2018

    This book sounds like something I definitely need to look up!

    https://www.dreamnowmedia.com

    • Mind Over Mango
      September 21, 2018

      Hi Emily! Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog post. ๐Ÿ™‚ Definitely check it out if you’re interested! It’s a cute book to have and I don’t have many complaints for a coffee table book. ๐Ÿ˜€ I enjoy it a lot!

  • Soph
    September 20, 2018

    Liking all of these girl’s awesome style, didn’t know about this book until now!

    http://www.madeofjewelry.com

    • Mind Over Mango
      September 21, 2018

      Hi there Soph! Yeah, a lot of people still haven’t heard of it yet. I personally enjoy all of the style in it too! Thanks you for visiting my blog!

  • Isha Rani
    December 1, 2018

    Nice Post.

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