My name is Christina Goltare, Social Media Influencer, Beauty Blogger and Part-Time Freelance Makeup Artist. I was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, where I resided until 2004, when I relocated to the Twin Cities of Minnesota. My interests include researching, testing, reviewing and promoting beauty brands that are cruelty-free and vegan with a good cause. I am very passionate about anti-aging innovations, educating people about non-toxic health and beauty products, researching products from health and beauty brands and learning all the ways that I can make a positive impact in the Cosmetic Industry. And I also write, paint and act a little!
I love and trust Schmidt's Fragrance Free deoderant stick for sensitive skin. I've tried MANY natural deodorants for sensitive skin that claim to work for sensitive skin, but I end up with a rash and they just do not work to help deodorize my armpits. Just to clarify... Deoderant is like perfume for your pits. It's not meant to work like an anti-perspirant. That is much different. I personally feel that humans are meant to sweat out toxins from their lymph nodes, not block the lymph nodes with unnatural ingredients, which is another story... Schmidt's Deoderant for sensitive skin does not contain baking soda, which I feel is an ingredient that creates a rash on my sensitive skin. Instead, they use arrowroot powder, which is the magic ingredient for me!
Aveda makes some of the best cruelty-free hair styling products that are free of phthalates, parabens, artificial dyes or colors and are so nourishing to the hair. I've been using Aveda since 1999. I adore the brands vision and mission, and I will always trust the quality. The scents are from natural plant and flower extracts, and I receive compliments all the time on how good my hair smells!
WEN makes some of the best cruelty-free hair styling products that are free of phthalates, parabens, artificial dyes or colors and are so nourishing to the hair. The scents are from natural plant and flower extracts, and I receive compliments all the time on how good my hair smells.
I am very fond of brands like Olly, who do not use beef/bovine collagen. As a Pescetarian (vegetarian who occasionally eats seafood) it is quite difficult to find collagen supplements with marine collagen or plant sourced collagen. There are SO many other well-known brands that are plastered all over social media that offer marine collagen supplements, but they are WAY too expensive for my budget, and they do not contain Vitamin C, which is essential for collagen absorption. Olly 'Vibrant Skin' gummies are affordable and can be found in Target, CVS, etc. They contain sea buckthorn, which is a form of naturally derived Vitamin C. And... they are convenient, tasty and you dont need water to take them! I love, love, love Olly gummies!
I've been using Aveda hair care products since 1999 when I worked for Estee Lauder, and found out about Aveda being a sister company to Estee Lauder. My love for Aveda was immediate, and so strong that I began working for Aveda part-time. Damage Remedy is packed with quinoa protein and other plant and flower essences that Aveda is well known for. It is the best for repairing damaged hair from color, heat styling, etc. I highly recommend this product to anyone in need of hair damage repair.
Tatcha will forever be part of my skincare routine. This line of skincare has changed my skin for the better, more than any other skincare products. I have struggled with hormonal acne for years. Sometimes, I experiment with skincare products as part of collaborations or on my own for research, and it is a blessing to find something that works, that I always come back to because the products are gentle, healing and do not cause irritation or further damage to my skin. Tatcha is simple, pure and effective. The foundation is Hadasei-3™, a trinity of anti-aging superfoods born from the Japanese diet, and the basis for the original geisha beauty rituals: green tea, rice and algae.
Upon opening the jar, the scent reminds me of an orange dreamsicle. The texture is very indulgent, but also lightweight. A 'gel-creme', just as the name suggests. When I massaged a little on the back of my hand, my skin drank it up! There is no residue, and believe it would work perfectly well under makeup. I'm really looking forward to using this product. My skin is combination-sensitive, and I have trouble finding Vitamin C products that are effective, but are also not irritating to my skin. I am hoping that the Vitamin C content will help to fade my sun damage and acne scars. And the 24 hour hydration will definitely be a welcome addition. Product claims: Clinically tested to hydrate 24 hours of moisture you can C. Clinically tested to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles (yes, please?) 3 sources of Vitamin C & rose of winter extract.
No matter what time of year it is, or how much sun exposure you think you'll get each day, its important to protect your skin with an SPF. For several years, I've been using the Argan Daily Moisture SPF47 by @josiemarancosmetics 💙 Its loaded with skin-loving Argan oil of course, the formula is cruelty-free and there are no parabens, phthalates, etc. This SPF contains physical-only sunscreens, which are natural, and the skin recognizes these ingredients. If an SPF is not physical-only, the ingredients can do more harm than good. So, if you hear or read that SPF is bad for you, that it causes cancer, etc. The sources are talking about sunscreens that are not physical-only. NEVER skip sunscreen. Protect your skin!
I love almost every single formula of WEN Cleansing Conditioners. It is a multi use product that acts as your shampoo, conditioner, leave in conditioner, shaving cream, body wash, etc. I've been using WEN since the early 90's and I'm never going back to shampoo & conditioner.