Review: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Facial Clay

Health & Beauty - Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask Tub
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay - Green Bentonite Clay Powder

I saw this face clay around over a year ago but steered clear thinking it was simply a gimmick product like a perfume called ‘mermaid tears’ or body shimmer called ‘fairy dust’. It wasn’t until it popped up in one of Simply_Kenna’s Cruelty-Free Products video that I finally thought I’d give it a shot. The Aztec Healing Clay comes in a screw top tub, as seen above, which I paid around £9 for a 1 Lb tub from Amazon. There was a mixture of reviews on the site which made me a little hesitant but at such a cheap price I decided to go for it. 

The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Facial Clay has multiple uses and benefits, including removing dirt and impurities from pores. It’s deep cleansing properties are miracle workers for the minimized appearance of pores and brightening effects on the skin. Bonus factor- it’s 100% natural Calcium Bentonite (Green) Clay. 

How can you use it? 

  • The tub says the clay can be used for facials, acne, bodywraps, foot soaks, baths and insect bites. Personally, I have only used it on my nose, around my lip area and on acne as those are my problem areas. 
  • To use, simply add equal parts of the clay with raw apple cider vinegar or water to form a smooth paste. 
  • To mix, it’s required to use a non-metal bowl and utensil
  • Make sure no liquid gets into your tub of product so the rest of the clay powder doesn’t ruin.
  • Once the mixture is smooth, apply to problem areas and let dry. For delicate skin let the mix sit for 5-10 minutes and 15-20 minutes for normal skin. It will feel tight and may even have a warming effect on your skin. 
  • Once ready to remove, rinse off with warm water. 
  • Once removed skin will have a redness to it for around 30 minutes but soon disappears. 
  • Use once a week, or more often for problem areas. 

This product has become a must-have in my skincare regime and I use it once a week. Because you are mixing it yourself, at times it is a little tricky to get the consistency right and in the first few uses you can potentially waste quite a bit of the product. My advice to avoid this would be to start with the smallest amount and go from there, even if that means mixing up a new batch if you don’t quite have enough for your use. I have to say, overall I am super impressed by this product and its’ quality. I would recommend to anyone who wants to give their skin some extra TLC.



Have you ever tried Aztec Secret Indian Healing Facial Clay? What did you think?
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Kind Natured

I came across the brand Kind Natured when I was searching for a natural shampoo and conditioner. I was just giving up hope when I was drawn to the simple but pretty packaging. Although it’s not entirely natural it is pretty close and with no Parabens, Sulfates or Petrochemicals I had to grab it. I discovered these gems in Boots and they are usually on a 3 for 2 offer so it works out a great way to try out a few products without breaking the bank. Here is a little about the products they do… 

Hair Care

The shampoo and conditioners were the first things I tried amongst the products and I used the Colour Care Coconut & Shea Shampoo and Conditioner. I found the formulation so hydrating and moisturizing on my hair, plus it smells amazing. I have also used the Super shine Argan & Kukui oil shampoo and conditioner which is such a divine combination and also helps keeps my frizzy flyaways stay at bay. The Nourishing Ylang Ylang & Sage and the Volumizing Rosemary & Mint are two of the Shampoo and Conditioner variations that I haven’t tried as yet but I do have them to hand for when mine run out.  The ylang-ylang and sage one particularly smells incredible. 
 
On a recent trip to the drugstore, I noticed Kind Natured have started to produce kids products. There are two shampoos: Apple Smoothie Gentle Care Kids Shampoo and Jam Doughnut De-Tangle Kids Shampoo. They also have a Tutti Fruitti detangler spray which, I’m not going to lie, I have actually been using (and loving). 
 
Bath Soak
Now I haven’t tried any of the bath soaks because, well -I don’t have a bath. But the combinations they have are Nourishing Amber & Pink Pepper, Heavenly Coconut & Passionflower, and Soothing Sea Salt & Bergamot. If anyone has tried these please leave a comment below or on my insta, I’d love to hear your thoughts
Body Wash
The body wash is amazing. So far I have tried the Nourishing Amber & Pink Pepper and the Soothing Sea Salt & Bergamot but I know there is also Heavenly Coconut & Passionflower; which I will probably try out at some point soon. Sea Salt & Bergamot is my favourite so far. I find the combination so calming which is perfect when you want to wind down. I’m hoping Kind Natured bring out a body cream in this scent, it would be so dreamy! 
Lip Balms
Now I feel I need to mention that the lip balms are more of a lip gloss consistency rather than a balm. Packaged in a squeezy tube, it can be all too easy to squeeze too much out all at once and then have sticky lips. I have the Moisturizing Coconut Oil one in my bag on me, pretty much all the time. I tend to keep the Nourishing Manuka Honey at home and apply it at night as the formulation is a more intense moisturizer. 

Now, I usually mention whether or not products are cruelty-free and vegan certified however there are no indicators on the products themselves and I couldn’t see anywhere online either so, for now, that is a big question mark. 
 
Have you ever tried Kind Natured? What did you think about the products? 
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Review: The Pixar Documentary

The Pixar Documentary
The Pixar Story

a documentary by Leslie Iwerks 
 
Around two years ago I was recommended the Pixar Documentary in an Instagram comment by Youtuber, blogger and fellow spoonie Meg. I can’t remember her exact words, but they rang with a sincerity of how good it was and almost an urgency that I simply had to watch it. If you follow her blog or have seen any of her videos then you know as well as I do that she has such a positive energy about her and only mentions things she genuinely loves herself, so having read her comment I immediately purchased the documentary. 
 
There is so much I could say about this documentary. In fact, there’s too much to say about it that I quite honestly don’t know where to start. First of all, Meg was right. Her recommendation was spot on and I feel so grateful to have stumbled upon it when I did. Up until this past Christmas, my download of the documentary had sat collecting digital dust on my iTunes account. Feeling burnt out, in a constant state of brain fog and entirely uninspired, I decided to grab a cuppa and snuggle down to watch it during the holidays. 
 
The title is pretty self-explanatory with the documentary being the story behind Pixar, the people behind it and the way it came to be the box-office breaking company that it is to this day. It starts with a little bit about the three men at the helm of the company: the talented artist John Lasseter, the creative scientist Ed Catmull and the visionary entrepreneur Steve Jobs. The documentary goes on to tell us how the paths of these men crossed, what led to the creation of Pixar and most importantly the struggles they faced along the way. There’s also footage from throughout the developing years of the movies and building Pixar as a company, along with accounts from the staff members themselves. 
 

‘Pixar’s seen by a lot of folks as an overnight success, but if you really look closely most overnight success’ took a long time’   -Steve Jobs 

 

I personally love all the Pixar movies. Some of my first memories are of sitting in front of my godmother’s tele watching Toy Story with her son. Pixar movies are something so deeply rooted in the childhood of my generation, and later generations, that makes watching something like this so fascinating. Having watched the work behind those beloved movies, I feel as though I have a newfound respect for Pixar and everyone behind it. After seeing what goes into it, you can’t help but remember those people and everything they said when you rewatch those movies. 
 
This documentary found me at the perfect time and reignited a flame within me to keep working towards the things that I want because, as Jobs says, they don’t happen overnight. Everything is a work in process so it’s important to keep chipping away at those dreams regardless of the struggles that stand in your way. I’d recommend this to any Pixar or Disney lover, young or old: it’s enjoyable for all. 
 
Have you seen it? You need to
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