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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...

The Beauty of 26

26: My New Favorite Number

My favorite number has always been the number 3, 100% likely because I am born on August 3rd. I like to think that maybe it’s special. I’m pretty sure many of us are bias to our own birth dates. However, I think 26 is going to be an extra special number, and a special year for me too.

Right now I’m happier than I have been in a very long time. In the past couple of months, I made some important decisions that have already altered my life and pushed it into a much more positive realm. I won’t dig through every detail, as much of it includes very personal life choices, however, what I can say is that my newfound positivity has brought me to this happy place that only seems to get happier. I have my two beautiful parents to thank in part for that.

I have been able to dedicate more time to my education and studies, as well as to Mind Over Mango too. My recent decisions have opened up opportunities that have allowed me to exercise my freedom more fully. It has allowed me to do more of what I love, and less of what made me sad. I was struggling for a very long time in my personal life. In turn, I eventually stopped taking care of myself and was not invested in nurturing my physical or mental health. I had no energy and cared very little about the quality of my own life. By the end of it all, I would wake up every morning and the first thing I would do was cry. I was completely spent.

A Never-Ending Cycle

 

I was focusing all of my energy on things that ended up consuming my entire life until I realized that I had nothing left inside of me for myself.

I was focusing all of my energy on things that ended up consuming my entire life. I gave these things everything I had until I realized that I had nothing left inside of me for myself. This left me in a constant state of depression and caused me to feel that I was a huge failure and simply put, a loser. My anxiety was a never-ending cycle, and I felt inconceivably tormented day in and day out. I was convinced that the struggles I was facing were inescapable until other people or situations had changed. What I didn’t realize is that I was the one that needed to make a change, not the other way around.

 

Living Without Regrets

With all of that being said, I will never regret my previous life choices. I know that might sound strange given the state of my life I was just describing. In fact, they were all things I was doing for the right reasons and were actually for people I love very deeply. However, I finally discovered that it was time to put myself first for once. I needed to take a leap of faith that my life could feel beautiful again. I feared that if I stepped away from the responsibilities that I had at first willingly taken on, tI would fail all of those around me, more specifically, my family.

Asking For Help & Turning the Corner

I did something that has always been hard for me in times of emotional need: I decided to turn to my parents to ask for help. I realized recently that I needed to be set free from my continuing troubles and without asking for help, I knew I would be unable to do it on my own.

Since then, things in my life have miraculously turned the corner. My mind feels like it can flow freely again, without being constantly weighed down and constrained by thoughts and feelings of the hardships I was enduring on a daily basis. I feel beautiful, hopeful, and grateful again. I truly believe that had I not asked for their help, I would not be in the position I am now. Many positive things have walked into my life since the day I decided it was time to be happy again.

Birdies Slippers
My favorite shoes by Birdies. I really wanted to treat myself for once. So I bought myself these shoes special for my Birthday. They matched my Birthday dress perfectly. ๐Ÿ™‚

A Thank You to Mom and Dad

So thank you to my Mother and Father for giving me everything you have and more. You have guided me when I have been blind, lost, and alone. I know that someday I will have the same strength and resilience that both of you possess. I am so incredibly happy to begin a new year of life. I love you both with all my heart.

I also want to say thank you and I love you to my amazing Nana. I have learned and experienced a lot through her, things I never imagined I would. I hope that I can still make her happy and proud despite a change of path in my life.

I want to write an additional thank you to all of my other loved ones, my readers, and to all of my followers. You have collectively been a huge motivation for me to turn over a new leaf. Thank you all so much.

xoxo Sara

P.S. I decided to get a little cinematic in my photoshoot to start off my new year of life on a fresh note. Enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ’™

 

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12 Comments
  • Heather
    August 30, 2018

    I recently read that the key to happiness isn’t doing more of what you love, it’s doing less of what you hate. Sounds like you’re a living example of that!

    • Mind Over Mango
      August 31, 2018

      Heather. YES!!! ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™ A thousand times yes to this. That’s exactly it. You also don’t necessarily need to be doing things that you love all the time, but if you’re always doing things that you dislike, it tears your happiness away. Thank you for your compliment! Also, thank you for commenting as well! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • xharpism
    August 30, 2018

    Lovely photos <3

  • Nikka Kanani
    August 30, 2018

    This was wonderful!! I resonate with this so much!! I just turned 27 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Mind Over Mango
      August 31, 2018

      Thank you so much Nikka! ๐Ÿ˜€ That was very sweet of you. I’m so glad it resonates. I think a lot of people around our ages feel the same way at times! By the way, Happiest of Birthdays to you my dear! I hope you had a great one! ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿพ

  • cdvcreative
    August 31, 2018

    Awesome imagery! And cool video!

    • Mind Over Mango
      August 31, 2018

      Awww thank you CDV! That means a lot to me coming from you! 143 ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

  • incalexandra
    August 31, 2018

    These photos are amazing and beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    HAPPY FRIDAY!
    ALEX XXX || ITSNOTCOMPLICATEDRECIPES.COM

    • Mind Over Mango
      September 7, 2018

      Thank you so much Alex! Happy Friday to you too, and thanks for checking out my blog! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • The Dark Plum
    October 9, 2018

    I know I’m late but Happy Birthday Sara! Your photos are absolutely gorgeous & I loved your video clip too! ๐Ÿ™‚ So happy to hear that things are looking up in your life & that you have a wonderful set of parents to lean on! Also those slippers are so adorable!

    • Mind Over Mango
      October 10, 2018

      Awww thank you so much Cassie! You’re super sweet, I appreciate it! โฃ๏ธ Yes, my parents have been such a blessing and I’m very thankful for them. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, these slippers are absolutely amazing!!! I can see you wearing a pair honestly, they are super comfy. ๐Ÿ‘ก Their new AW18 line looks so pretty and I’ll be needing another pair soon! Thank you for checking out my post and for your encouraging thoughts! ๐Ÿ˜ป

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