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This post is sponsored by Organic Doctor . I’m a part off the Mom It Forward Influencer Network and received free samples to review. All opinions are my own.

Even though I live in Florida, I always try to keep my skin moisturized, even in Fall/Winter months. Plus this is the kind of state where you can experience humidity, heat, rainshowers, and a cold snap all in the same day! So, I clearly have to be prepared!

Luckily the majority of the Organic Doctor products that I’m sharing with you were all about hydrating your skin. For those of you who aren’t familar with this brand, it’s an award-winning skincare and hair care line that recently launched in teh U.S. The brand carries 8 collections with botanical and naturally inspired ingredients from around the world.

Here are my thoughts on Organic Doctor Snail Gel serums and Muka Honey products Organic Doctor Snail Gel Facial Serum

Don’t sleep on the power of Snail Gel! It offers a new generation in skin revitalization care. Organic Doctor uses the unique secretion snails use to regenerate their shells to help hydrate and moisturize maturing skin. 

 This ingredient has been a game-changing ingredient for my beauty routine. I tried it for the first time, last holiday season and have made it my mission to incorporate it into my beauty routine as much as possible. I use it at least 3 times a week, even when I’m using different skincare lines.

This was my first time trying Organic Doctor’s snail gel face serum. It combines snail gel with olive leaf extract and has a slippery-yet-creamy consistency. It’s not greasy, though. You can use this product before your moisturizer in the morning and after your moisturize at night.  

Organic Doctor Snail Gel Eye Serum

I’ve been focusing a lot more on my eye are these days, so receiving the snail gel eye serum was right on time. It’s created to help diminish the appearance of wrinkles and the snail secretion ingredient that it contains make it an anti-aging serum that hydrates and smooths skin. I. LOVE. IT.

Organic Doctor Manuka Honey Face Mask

My first impression of this mask was “Oooooh this smells good!”

This is a clay-based mask, but it definitely not thick in texture like a typical clay mask. I actually was a little shocked by the creamy texture while applying it and wan’t sure how it would dry on my skin. After applying it all over my face and letting it sit for 10 minutes, it dried like a typical clay mask.

My skin was very supple and soft after the first use. Use it twice weekly for best results. 

Organic Doctor Manuka Honey is a nutrient-rich skin care and hair care range. I haven’t tried any of the hair products yet. The Manuka Honey is also known as the “healing” honey and is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush. It’s also renowned for its soothing properties and ability to restore and hydrate dry and cracked skin. It supports overall skin tone for softer looking skin.

Organic Doctor Manuka Honey Rescue Cream

I’m expecting my first little bundle of bliss soon, and my skin has absolutely been impacted by this wonderful blessing. I definitely have a lovely pregnancy glow, but I also have had to up the amount of moisture that I apply to my skin. (Did any other moms-to-be notice weird dryness in your nose area?)

This product definitely gets the job done as far as moisturizing my skin. It is thick and creamy, so it doesn;t take much to get full coverage with a thin layer. This is definitely an absolutely amazing moisturizer. It’s recommended to use liberally as needed. 

I’ve used Organic Doctor skincare products in the past (Still obsessed with the Organic Doctor Rose Otto Facial Serum) and every time I use their products, I’m always pleased with the quality of the results.

How are you keeping your skin hydrated during this cooler season?

Ciao Bellas,

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One of my yogi friends sang a beautiful song once with the lyrics “I go to the mountains for my healing.” I can absolutely relate to this. Sometimes we allow self-doubt to become a giant in our lives, leaving us feeling small and alone. Oftentimes, it takes a departure into nature to help us see ourselves for who we really are.  Being in the presence of mountains is not only breathtaking, but it’s an awakening reminder that there is so much more to us than the things that we amplify in times of distress.

Earlier this year, I experiences the mountains of Palm Springs, Calif., and although I was on this trip for business/pleasure it was amazing to take a moment to flow through yoga and be consciously aware of and present of the beauitiful nature around me. Looking back at these views inspired me to write this post for anyone who may need a pick-me up or a reminder that you’re the ssssshhhh… I’ve definitely had to remind myself of this lately.  Never forget that you matter. Sometimes you have to look in the mirror daily and speak life into your life.

Here are 7 self-love mantras that you should affirm daily. 1. Today I affirm: I am healing through it. I know my value and trust my ability to be courageous as I move forward. – Alex Elle  2. I can accept being told no without feeling rejected. What’s for me is for me.  – Margo 3. I am strong. I am beautiful. I am enough. – Vanessa Pawlowski 4. I know that the universe conspires on my behalf. I am brave enough to accept whatever it sends my way. –Margo 5. I give myself permission to heal. No matter how long it takes. – Margo 6. I am not afraid to feel my feelings. – Anne-Sophie Reinhardt  7. I approve of myself. I love myself deeply and fully. –Develop Good Habits 

Share your favorite self-love affirmations in the comments. 

Ciao Bellas,

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Summer is almost here and as the weather warms up, we have to step our highlight game up! I love a good glow up, so when I was given the opportunity to review the new Lime Crime Hi-Lite Opals highlighting palette I was definitely excited to give it a try.

Here are my thoughts on the Lime Crime Hi-Lite Opals, Opalescent Highlighting Palette

The packaging for this palette definitely stand out. It’s holographic and adorbs! The highlighter comes in 3 opaque shades: peach, pink and gold. Let me just say that the best feature of these highlighters besides being ridiculously pigmented, is how velvety smooth and creamy they are. 

I’m wearing the shade peach in these photos and it really does melt into my skin for a gorgeously seamless finish.  I applied it to my cheekbones, brow bones, nose and a little on my forehead. 

The glow up is reall!!! Get more Lime Crime inspo by checking out there awesome Instagram page!

Lime Crime Hi-Lite Opals swatches on dark skin

Key product highlights:
  • 100% vegan and cruelty-free.
  • The three colors work pon just about all skintones and are buildable.
  • Can be worn over foundation or on bare skin.
  • Highlighter adapts to your conmplexion for the ultimate glow up.
  • The price is right! You can add this gorgeous highlightinh kit to your collection for $38. 

I highly recommed the Lime Crime Hi-Lite Opals highlighting palette for makeup lovers of all levels! Go ahead and get your glow on!

*I received free samples of this products for review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the featured Amazon  product links and make a purchase, I’ll receive compensation from Amazon. Thanks for supporting the brands that help make Beauty & the Beat possible!

Ciao Bellas,

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Hey B&B friends! I’ve really been on a healthy skin kick lately, and it’s been a lot of fun sharing my thoughts and experiences trying top-of-the-line skincare products with you! This time around, I’m sharing my thoughts on the new La Roche-Posay Toleraine Daily Moisturizers and Cleansers. Let me just preface this by saying this line is the truth!

The La Roche-Posay Toleraine line consists of two facial cleansers and two moisturizers. The basis of this line isn’t to just clean your skin, but to restore it. I don’t know about you, but I’m always intrigued by products that claim to restore your skin, so I had to give this line a try when the opportunity presented itself.

Here’s a review of the La Roche-Posay Toleraine products I received and have been using for the past 3 weeks.

La Roche-Posay Toleraine Clenaser & Moisturizer - YouTube

Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cleanser

This is my go-to cleanser from this collection for day-to-day use because it’s for normal to oily skin. I have combination skin that gets much oilier during the warmer months of the year and this keeps my skin looking and feeling supple (Even before I moisturize!). It does a great job of removing dirt and makeup and produces suds when you massage it into your skin with water. 

Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser

This creamy, non-sudsy cleanser has a very gentle formula that is great for removing your makeup. I wear makeup to work most days of the week and while the foaming cleanser works well with removing makeup, I turn to this formula for the days when I wear heavier makeup. 

Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer

This oil-free moisturizer is legit! It was created to help restore healthy looking skin and feel lightweight when applied—bye-bye greasy skin! It can be applied in the morning and night, but I mostly used in in the evening before bed and it didn’t feel heavy.

Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer UV

This moisturizer is just as amazing as the non-UV version. The biggest difference is the SPF

I used this in the mornings before heading out for the day. While it is technically fragrance-free, I can smell the SPF when I apply it. This doesn’t bother me but just a heads-up!

Key benefits: 
  • Easy two-step process: cleanse and moisturize
  • Great for sensitive skin
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and supple  
  • Developed under a stringent formulation charter, let me just go down a laundry list of what this charter entails: oil-free, non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, paraben-free, soap-and-sulfate-free cleansers, allergy tested, dermatologist tested, and suitable for sensitive skin.
Shop these products and more from this collection here:


I am definitely a fan of this line and I highly recommend it! I’m also interested in trying more skincare products from La Roche-Posay in the near future.

*I received free samples of this products for review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the featured Amazon  product links and make a purchase, I’ll receive compensation from Amazon. Thanks for supporting the brands that help make Beauty & the Beat possible!

Ciao Bellas,

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Hey B&B friends! For the past four weeks, I’ve been testing out the new Skinphonic My Girl Skincare Kit, and I’ve gotta admit… I’m crushing hard on this line.My skin looks and feels the best it has in a while!

I didn’t want to give you a premature overview of this line, so I decided to share my thoughts after I used it for the recommended 28 days.

Here’s my review of the Skinphonic My Girl Complete Skincare Kit.   
Review: Skinphonic My Girl Skincare - YouTube
Key benefits: 
  • Specifically formulated for pigmented skin
  • Helps with hyperpigmentation 
  • Made with natural ingredients like shea butter, green tea extract, retinol, Vitamin A and more
  • Experience noticeable results within 1 week of use and even more after 28 days of use


I absolutely love the Skinphonic My Girl skincare line and I highly recommend it. 

*I received free samples of this products for review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the featured Amazon  product links and make a purchase, I’ll receive compensation from Amazon. Thanks for supporting the brands that help make Beauty & the Beat possible!

Ciao Bellas,

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Hi B&B friends! I started Yoga Teacher Training this year and the experience has been nothing short of life-changing. In addition to learning about the different ways to teach and enhance my personal practice of this beautiful act of meditation in motion, I’ve also learned to look deeper within.

One of my biggest struggles over the past several months has been worrying. I worry about my drive to work, and while I’m in the car, I worry about being late to work, when I get to work I worry about meetings and project deadlines, then my mind drifts to worrying about what’s for dinner… the bottom line: There’s just a whole bunch of worry, worry and more worry! With worry comes anxiety; with anxiety comes stress and negative self-talk; and with these things comes an unhealthy body and an unhappy life.

It’s truly exhausting and this blog post is a PSA to flip the script and start exalting ourselves! (It’s OK to practice self-care. It doesn’t make us selfish!)

One of my yoga teachers said when you think negative thoughts, ask yourself: “How is this serving me now?”

This is such of a powerful question to ask.

What we think, eventually becomes what we speak. Our words have power and the more we speak negative things, the more we start to believe them. We must be cautious of the thoughts we entertain because they can dictate so many aspects of our lives. 

How is spending your entire morning worrying about what you have to do at 6 p.m. serving you during those moments of worrying? Is any value being added to your well-being in the moments these thoughts are actually taking place? The truth is, these thoughts are adding zero value, and are likely causing more harm than good.

During our moments of worrying, we lose sight of the present and there is no freedom like being in the now. What I mean by being in the now is shifting our thoughts from worrying to being aware of and thankful for the good things in life. For example, instead of worrying about traffic, I thank God for the fact that my brain is working, my heart is beating and my body is healthy. Or, I focus on my breath and think of the people think of the people who I love and how happy we make each other. This simple act alone has worked wonders in my life.

So, the next time you feel anxiety or start worrying about what’s next, ask yourself: How is this serving me now? The more we seek and acknowledge the good in the present, the more worrying and anxiety will decrease.  

What are your go-to tactics to be in the now?

Ciao Bellas,

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  Here are my thoughts on MustaeV beauty makeup and skin care products.   MustaeV 10 Shade Lip Cream Pro Palette

I absolutely fell in love with this lip palette! It contains 10 gorgeous, highly-pigmented shades that can really be used on all occasions. I took this plaette with me on a weekend getaway and it was clutch because you can do so much with it. There are light pink and neutral tones, blush berry hues, a vibrant orange, deep merlot and brown hues as well as  a vibrant white shade. You can wear the color on their own, or mix them for custom shades. 

Swatches on dark skin

MustaeV 10 Shade Lip Cream Pro Palette top row

MustaeV 10 Shade Lip Cream Pro Palette bottom row

Shop it: 10 Shade Lip Cream Pro Palette($45)

MustaeV Lustrous Cream Base

I have very large pores, so I almost always prime my face before applying makeup.

This cream base is legit. It’s formulated with pink pearl particles that gives skin a hint of subtle shimmer.

MustaeV Lustrous Cream Base

Water is your skin’s best friend, and this primer is 70% water so it’s lightweisht and semslessly blends into your skin. I’m a huge MAC Prep + Prime and this base reminds me of it a lot. It’s actually been my go-to since I’ve stumbled upon it!

Shop it: Lustrous Cream Base ($33)

MustaeV Mood Therapy Masks

Have you ever thought about how your mood affects your skin? Well, it really does impact your appearance! You are more prone to acne breakouts due to anger, stress and sadness, and quite frankly: “Aint nobody go time for that!”

MustaeV took this into consideration with their mood therapy masks. These masks are specially formulated with ingredients that coincide with your mood. I tried a few of the masks and loved them; here’s a quick overview!

  • Vitamin Sadness Mask is an anti-aging, brightening, mask with plant extracts that help to inigorate skin for a gorgeous glow. 
  • Cooling Anger Mask relieves stress, calms and soothes while helping skin retain moisture. It also has vegetable extracts that help restore radinace and tone skin.
  • Moisture- Lifting Pleasure Mask is a my favorite mask from the collection. It’s a soothing mask with moisture and anti-aging benefits. My skin felt super supple after wearing this mask that contains vegetable extracts that hydrate and tone skin.

Shop it: Mood Therapy Masks 4-Pack (on sale now for $12)

What are your favoriteMustaeV products?

*I received free samples of these products to review; all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the featured Amazon  product links and make a purchase, I’ll receive compensation from Amazon. Thanks for supporting the brands that help make Beauty & the Beat possible!

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