Review: Maple Holistics Tea Tree Shampoo

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Happy Wednesday, everyone!

I’m back with another review for you all! Today I will be discussing my thoughts on the Maple Holistics Tea Tree Oil Shampoo. Before we dive in, as a disclaimer I want to mention that I did receive this product for free in exchange for an honest review. As always, my thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. See more on my Disclaimer page if you're interested.

Maple Holistics is a brand that solely creates natural and organic beauty products. The brand prides themselves on only using pure, high quality ingredients in their products which I find admirable. On top of that, all of their products are made right here in the US and they are cruelty free. Best of all, the brand’s Holistic Promise offers a 100% money-back guarantee if you’re not jiving with one of their products or are unsatisfied with your purchase in any way!

I was sent the Tea Tree Oil Shampoo to test out. This shampoo claims to improve hair and scalp health by clearing away dead skin and soothing scalp blemishes. This is all thanks to tea tree oil’s natural healing properties. I do struggle with dandruff and deal with an itchy scalp that sometimes lead to lesions that scab over (gross, I know – I’m being candid here people!) so this product sounded like a perfect fit for me. I should also mention that my hair is extremely thin and tangles easily, as that will be relevant to a portion of my review.

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One of the first things I noticed is that this shampoo is sulfate-free. Sulfates are one of the main ingredients that strip hair color, so I generally gravitate towards sulfate-free hair products to extend the life of my dye jobs. Another thing that stood out to me is that the shampoo is free of parabens. Parabens are known to mimic estrogen in the body and lead to something called estrogen disruption. Estrogen disruption has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues, so I try to steer clear of them as much as I possibly can.

The shampoo does smell quite strongly of tea tree oil. It is not at all unpleasant to me, but if you have aversions to certain odors this may be problematic for you. I did not notice any difference in the Tea Tree Shampoo’s texture compared to the non-natural shampoos I generally use.

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The only major discrepancy I found between the Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and non-natural competitors is that the Tea Tree Oil Shampoo doesn’t lather up quite as much as others I’ve tried. I still get a nice froth going, but my hair does get significantly more tangled if I manhandle my hair in the way that I usually do when washing it. Normally when I use my Wet Brush after stepping out of the shower my hair is relatively easy to brush through. If I use the Tea Tree Oil Shampoo sans-conditioner, even my gentle Wet Brush has a difficult time combing through my knotted wet hair. I believe this is due to the fact that I’m being too rough for the amount of lather I get while washing my hair. I’ve since begun to use this shampoo with conditioner and it is much easier to brush through, but since I don’t own any natural conditioners I feel like I’m defeating the purpose of using a shampoo that comes with natural benefits. I would like to try out one of Maple Holistics’s conditioners soon so I don’t feel like a total hypocrite!

Despite the fact that my hair initially gnarls, I wake up with the softest hair I’ve ever had every morning after it has had the night to dry. Before using this shampoo, my hair would tend to look oily after showering at nighttime and sleeping when it’s still wet, but strangely enough my hair looks perfect when I wake up after using the Tea Tree Oil Shampoo. I usually hate touching my hair throughout the day as it just makes it looks even more oily, but I can’t resist feeling how silky smooth my hair is after using this shampoo!

I have also noticed that I haven’t been itching my scalp to nearly the same extent I was pre-Tea Tree Oil Shampoo. Dandruff is essentially a non-factor now that I’m not lifting up dead skin every time I scratch my scalp. I really believe the shampoo’s claim that it eliminates dead skin from the scalp as it has already had a marked improvement on my scalp and hair’s health after using it for just two weeks. Scalp scabs are a thing of the past for me now!

This shampoo was my first true delve into the natural beauty world, and I was honestly a little nervous. However, I was greatly impressed by the effect this shampoo had on me. I am eager to try out more natural beauty products now that I know they work well for me.

Luckily for us, Maple Holistics offers an awesome free samples program for you to try out any of their products you’d like. This program gives you the opportunity to try out our products at no cost, all while learning about an all natural, cruelty free company based in the US. All you have to do is fill out a short form here and choose which sample you’d like to try out – a piece of cake!


Have you ever tried out any natural beauty products before? Which ones are your favorite? Leave a comment below!

Four Apps Every Beauty Blogger Needs

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Happy Friday, everyone!

I hope you are all looking forward to a wonderful weekend! Today I wanted to discuss some of the iPhone apps that have been key in my bblogger experience thus far. I know that these types of posts by others have been immensely helpful to me in the past, so hopefully you will learn a thing or two!

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Snapseed:

Snapseed is essentially Adobe Lightroom for your iPhone. This is the app I use to edit every single one of my photos. This app has your standard photo editing options, such as adjusting your white balance, rotating or cropping your photo, and adding a vignette. Under the Tune Image tool, you also have your typical options to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, ambiance, highlights, shadows, and temperature of your photo. There is a Details tool that allows you to adjust the sharpness or structure of your photo if need be. Of course, like many other photo editing apps, there are filters you can choose from and customize yourself. You can also add text to photos which is pretty neat!

What sets Snapseed apart from other photo editing apps in my opinion is the level of detail at which you can edit your photos. For example, the tool I get the most use out of in Snapseed is the Selective tool. This allows you to change the brightness, contrast, saturation, or structure of a particular area of your photo. I use this to make my backgrounds crisply white, and to add color back to products that got a little undersaturated throughout the editing process. Like in Lightroom, you can also edit the lighting curves of your photo if you prefer to edit your photos in that way. The editing process is totally in your hands with Snapseed, which I very much appreciate.

Snapseed is by far my most-used beauty blogging app. If you haven’t already, see for yourself why I love it so much!

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Mosaico

Mosaico is made to assist you in planning out your Instagram feed. It lays out your current feed in Instagram’s grid format, then allows you to upload a new photo to see how cohesive it would look compared to the photos you have already posted. I’m super anal about the backgrounds of my photos all having the same brightness, so this is immensely helpful for me. I also like the option of uploading multiple photos to Mosaico to determine which order I’d like to post them in on Instagram. All you need to do is press down on the photo you want to move and drag it to change its position.

Mosaico also has a feature that allows you to automatically upload photos from the app or to remind you to post your photo at a pre-set time. To you get your post publication-worthy, you can tap the photo you’ve uploaded to create a caption for it. You can also use the Tag Clouds feature to add the hashtags you commonly use to the caption of your photo.

Finally, you can enter Ghost Mode through Mosaico to make changes to your current Instagram feed undetected. What this allows you to do is visualize how your feed would look if you deleted a certain photo from it. I rarely use this feature, but it’s definitely a cool option.

Overall, I would highly recommend Mosaico if you’re looking to elevate your bblogger Instagram aesthetic. I use it every single day and think it’s well worth it!

Evernote

I don’t know about you guys, but I find the Notes app that comes pre-installed on iPhones to be pretty limiting. As someone whose world would fall apart without the ability to take notes, I need a more reliable note-taking app. Cue Evernote.

Evernote has every feature you could possibly dream of in an organization-oriented app. You can easily create customized notes, changing the size and color of your font or drawing directly on it with your finger. You can make your font bold, italicized, or underlined, and you can even add a strikethrough line if you wish. You can add photos or attachments to your notes or use your phone’s microphone to attach a voice recording. There are several list-making options as well which I get quite a bit of use out of. The options are endless!

What sets Evernote apart from the standard Notes app is that you can search within your own note, set reminders directly inside the app, add a particular note to your shortcuts, or duplicate a note without needing to copy and paste the entire thing. Furthermore, you must have a registered account to use Evernote, as it is connected to both your mobile device and your online account. This means that whatever you write on your phone automatically syncs to your online Evernote account as well. I find this to be helpful when inspiration strikes and I begin writing a blog post while on-the-go. If you’re as scatterbrained as me, this will likely be a lifesaver!

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Bloglovin'

Last and certainly not least, we have Bloglovin’. I equate Bloglovin’ to Facebook for bloggers. This platform organizes all of the blog posts made by people you follow into one convenient feed. I can find it tedious to click through the links listed in people’s Instagram bios to get to their blog. Bloglovin’ eliminates that process by curating everyone’s new blog posts in one place. If you want to read a certain piece, simply click on the story that pops up on your Bloglovin’ feed, and continue on to the blogger’s website. It’s as simple as that!

You can also link your blog to your account and all of your posts will go up live on Bloglovin’ as soon as you post them on your website. This means that everyone who follows you on the Bloglovin’ platform will see your post appear on their feed, driving more traffic to your blog!

I also love Bloglovin’ because you can save posts to read for later, or love a blogger’s post that you found particularly helpful or captivating. Your saved and loved posts are all organized into individual feeds within your profile so you can easily access them at any time.

You can also view the activity of people you follow, much like you can on Instagram. I’ve found a lot of really great bloggers through this feature since the people who I follow tend to have similar tastes and interests as me.

If you’re a blogger who is not already on Bloglovin’, get on it asap! It makes the blogging process so much more organized than Instagram is capable of doing.


Which iPhone apps do you depend on for your blogging experience? Leave a comment below so I can check them out!

Review: Milani Baked Blushes

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

I hope your week is off to a fabulous start. It's been quite some time that I've written up a review on the blog, so I'm here today to spill my thoughts on the Milani Baked Blushes!

I had seen quite a few people on my feed rave about these blushes, so when they were on sale for buy one get one 50% off at CVS recently, I couldn't resist! These are extremely fairly priced at $8 a piece normally, sothe sale was even more enticing to me. I picked up the shades Red Vino and Berry Amore.

To begin, it must be stated that the packaging looks absolutely luxurious. The reflective gold rim makes it seem as though this blush cost a lot more than $8, though admittedly it is plastic and thus does feel a bit cheap. Interestingly, the packaging contains two compartments. One section holds the blush itself, which lifts up to reveal a compact of sorts, complete with a mirror and a mini brush. I will likely never use the brush as it is of pretty awful quality, but if you're someone who throws some makeup in your purse for reapplications on-the-go, this may be handy for you!

The marbled appearance of the blush itself is also undeniably gorgeous. Each individual blush looks completely unique because of it, which is something I (and every beauty blogger in the universe) can really appreciate.

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As the name suggests, this blush line has a baked formula. In the past I’ve struggled with baked face products, which I think it was held me back from purchasing these earlier. Oftentimes I’ve found it difficult to actually pick up product on a brush when using products with baked formulations. However, the formula of the Milani Baked Blushes is totally different and makes application a breeze. With one quick swirl, the powder effortlessly sticks to my brush – in fact, I have to be sparing because if I’m not careful I get too much excess product and need to tap off my brush.

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I really was not expecting these blushes to be pigmented with one swipe, given past experiences with baked formulations. Interestingly, they perform on the exact opposite end of the spectrum – to me, they are almost a little too pigmented. Like I mentioned before, if I load up too much powder on my brush, I need to tap it off or I get an overload of color pay-off. I am a fan of subtle blush looks on myself, so I really need to be sparing with these.

The texture of the powder is not dry at all. They blend out easily and melt into the skin. I've also found that they last nicely on my face throughout the work day, which isn't too shabby considering these are drugstore formulations!

Many of the shades in the Milani Baked Blush line contain subtle flecks of shimmer that claim to make your skin appear more luminous. I'm not a huge fan of sparkly blushes, but these do bringa lovely natural flush to my face. Given that these are so pigmented, they can also look quite sparkly if you apply too much. If you are dead-set against wearing sparkly brushes, I would suggest only purchasing the shades that do not contain any shimmer.

 Milani Baked Blush in Red Vino

Milani Baked Blush in Red Vino

 Milani Baked Blush in Berry Amore

Milani Baked Blush in Berry Amore

Red Vino is a rich, vampy burgundy shade. This was a bold choice for me, but I reached for it simply because it’s unlike any other shade in my blush collection. I thought it would be perfect for the autumn season (and it is, to my delight!) The only drawback to this shade is that it is so insanely pigmented that I have to use it delicately on my face to avoid looking like a literal red-cheeked clown. The first time I applied it I actually needed to layer on one more thin layer of foundation on top of it to dampen its intensity! However, it is simply stunning when I apply it with a light hand. I think this shade would look especially killer on ladies with a darker complexion.

Berry Amore is described as a berry rose shade on Milani's website. However, on my skin tone it pulls super warm and peachy. In fact, on me it appears very similar to swatches of the shade Luminoso that I've seen online - a bit of a weird discrepancy, but oh well. Although I was hoping that it would be a cool-toned rosy pink on me, it is still undeniably gorgeous. This shade is not quite as pigmented as Red Vino and gives much more of a natural flush. Like Red Vino, it does contain some golden shimmer. However, I find the shimmer in this shade to be toned down in comparison. While I would consider Red Vino an appropriate blush to wear for a night out, Berry Amore is more appropriate for everyday makeup looks.

 Swatches of Milani Baked Blushes top to bottom: Red Vino, Berry Amore

Swatches of Milani Baked Blushes top to bottom: Red Vino, Berry Amore


Overall, it's shocking to me that these blushes only cost $8. The formulation is fantastic and the pigmentation is very intense for the price. My one qualm with these blushes is that they can be too intense on the face if too much is applied - but that means they will last forever since a little goes a long way! If you are interested in Milani's Baked Blush line, I would highly recommend picking one up. 

Have you tried any of the shades from Milani's Baked Blush line? Which one should I check out next? Leave a comment below!

Fall Transition Makeup

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Happy Friday, everyone!

I hope you all had a fantastic week! This weekend should be loads of fun for me - I plan on catching up on blogging tomorrow before attending a hockey game, then will be going apple picking on Sunday. Hopefully you all have some wonderful events planned as well!

I am in full fall-mode now that we are quickly approaching October. The weather here has been uncharacteristically warm and humid for the autumn season here in Massachusetts, so I'm certainly ready for it to cool down a bit! Despite the weather not cooperating, I've been creating lots of fall-inspired makeup looks to kickstart the season. I thought it would be fun to write a post about how I transition from summer to fall makeup, including some of the products I've been reaching for thus far. Without further ado, lets dive in!

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You all know I'm a huge lipstick junkie at this point. Fall is my favorite season for lipstick, simply because vampy lipstick are my go-tos. I especially love deep burgundy shades as I feel they look killer on everyone. The Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme in Dearest is the quintessential autumn merlot-toned lipstick shade. Everyone needs one in their collection!

This past year I've also dabbled around in nude lipsticks far more often than I ever did in the past. If you're not a fan of a bold, vampy lip, I would suggest checking out some brown-toned nude shades for fall. The Nyx Lip Lingerie line has some especially flattering options for a wide variety of skin tones. Some of my personal favorites are the shades Teddy, Bedtime Flirt, and Ruffle Trim.

I'm a fan of warm-toned eyeshadows year-round, and I know I'm certainly not alone in that regard. However, during the fall months these kinds shades are pretty much all I reach for,, aside from an olive green or violet shade here and there. The palette that I've been using religiously lately is the J Cat Beauty Sunset Boulevard Eyeshadow Palette. This palette has the most lovely selection of warm-toned shades, ranging from oranges, to browns, to pinks, to reddish burgundies. There are 12 matte shadows and 12 shadows shades altogether. This allows you to create a multitude of stunning looks while still channeling major pumpkin spiced princess vibes.

 Finger swatches of the J Cat Beauty Sunset Boulevard Eyeshadow Palette

Finger swatches of the J Cat Beauty Sunset Boulevard Eyeshadow Palette

The last makeup item that I find myself switching up the most between summer and fall is blush. During the summer I tend to gravitate towards peachy or neutral blushes. During the fall, I especially love deeper, cooler toned blushes. I find that these complement a vampy look when used with a light hand, or can really make a statement on days where you stay pretty natural with your eyeshadow and lip picks. The blush I've been reaching for at the moment is the Milani Baked Blush in the shade Red Vino. 

 Swatches from top to bottom: Milani Baked Blush in Red Vino, Nyx Lip Lingerie in Teddy, Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme in Dearest

Swatches from top to bottom: Milani Baked Blush in Red Vino, Nyx Lip Lingerie in Teddy, Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme in Dearest


Now that you've read about how my makeup routine shifts with the onset of the autumn season, I want to hear about what changes you make! Which shades do you tend to gravitate towards? What is your go-to fall look? Leave a comment below so I can read all about it!

One Year of Blogging

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Happy Wednesday, everyone!

I've returned after a brief hiatus from blogging! In the time I've been gone, I've taken a trip to Nashville with my boyfriend, gone home to visit family, and been extremely busy at work during the week. I missed you all while I was gone, and am so happy to be back!

Crazily enough, tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of Glamourish! I officially made my first blog post on September 21st, 2016. I am shocked at how quickly time passed! It seems like just yesterday I finally made the leap to pursue my crazy dreams of becoming a beauty blogger.

Over this past year, I've learned countless lessons about blogging. Today I'm here to share with you some of those that I consider most important. 

Lesson 1: You don't need to spend a lot of money to be a beauty blogger.
This notion was what held me back from beginning beauty blogging years ago. I've always been jealous of those who are able to spend lavish amounts of money on new beauty products to constantly produce fresh new reviews of. However, I am not at a point in my life or my career where this is a feasible option for me. Despite that, I've found ways to create content without the expense of draining my wallet. If you, like myself, have always wanted to start a blog but heistated for financial reasons, take a leap of faith and go for it. Never feel pressured to keep up with those in the blogging community who have more makeup than they will likely ever be able to use - what you are able to do within your own limits is more than enough. 

Lesson 2: Studio lighting is your friend.
When I first started blogging, I felt immense pressure to only use natural sunlight as a light source for my pictures. Since I work a full time job and have a commute that requires me to leave at 6:30 am and not return until 5:30 pm, this became quite demanding and ultimately unrealistic. For a while I took all of my photos for the week on the weekends, but that began to cut into the small amount of free time I have to do whatever I please. I eventually caved and bought a $35 studio lighting set off Amazon and haven't looked back. Now I'm able to take photos when I'm home from work at my own leisure. And the best part is you can't tell the difference in my pictures at all!

Lesson 3: Engaging with who you follow makes blogging more fulfilling.
Throughout the past year of blogging, I've developed internet acquaintances who I look forward to interacting with each day. The blogging community can be so supportive and encouraging, which has been one of my favorite parts of this whole crazy blog thing I've embarked upon. I look forward to certain ladies' posts, comments, and DMs on days where the real world gets me down. My goal for the next year is to make time to interact with people even more, as that friendly community aspect really means the world to me. 

Lesson 4: Post what you like instead of what you think others will like.
You will feel much more fulfilled in the end when you have a feed that you enjoy scrolling through - and that individual creativity will attract others' attention, as well! I began taking overexposed, simple photos of makeup products, because that's what I thought I was supposed to do. However, over time I've developed my own style, using lots of props, saturated colors, and dark shadows, because that's what I love personally. This lesson has revolutionized the way I take photos, and has made the process a lot more fun along the way. 

Lesson 5: Success doesn't come overnight.
Many outsiders believe that posting on Instagram once daily seems like a piece of cake. However, I generally spend about one hour brainstorming Instagram and blogging ideas for the week, one and a half hours or more shooting pictures for my Instagram feed, and at least two and a half hours shooting photos for blog posts, then editing the photos and writing the post up. And those five hours don't include the countless amount of time I spend scrolling through Instagram to support other bloggers' posts, replying to comments on your own posts, and editing photos to maintain a cohesive feed! So much dedication goes into this, and I have a lot of respect for those who seem to invest even more time than I do into their blog. 

Lesson 6: It's okay to take a break.
Blogging is hard work. It takes a lot of time, energy, and effort to be successful. But the moment blogging becomes a chore is the minute you lose all creativity. I recently went through a time where I dreaded taking photos and coming up with ideas for blog posts, hence why I took a brief hiatus. Now that I'm back, my creative juices are once again flowing and I feel back to normal. Always remember that Instagram or blogging platforms will always be there for you when you are ready to return. Your mental sanity and creativity are far more important than making posts every 24 hours on top of other life commitments. 


From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for supporting Glamourish over this past year! I would not have been able to do this without the support of my loved ones and the blogging community. I look forward to continue learning and growing over this next year of blogging. I hope you stick around to ride out this journey with me!