Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Petit Vour Box for June 2016!

It's time for the followup review of my Petit Vour Box for June!!  I got the items about a month ago and have had a chance to try everything now!  This was my first box with Petit Vour, and it was definitely worth it!  It's a $15 per month subscription box, and it's all cruelty free, vegan, and non-toxic.  The value of the box I am about to review is $38.50, so it was over double the value of the subscription.  Let's talk about the products!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

May Monthly Favorites!! Vegan & Cruelty Free!

May was a whirlwind of a month!!  I worked at so many Ultas this month!  I tried a few new things, got some new things in my Vegan Cuts Box, and of COURSE wore lots of Too Faced!  Here are the products I was loving this month!  As always, all products are cruelty free, and they are vegan unless otherwise stated!


First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair SPF 40:  I am in love with this product.  I was worried it was going to be too heavy for my combination, acne prone skin, but I am finding just the opposite!  My skin drinks it right in and it makes everything smooth and plump.  I haven't had any issues with it making me shiny or sticky, either.  My only word of advice is that if you are particularly dry, you will want to supplement with a moisturizer underneath.

First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy:  I love this product!  I prime my face every day with Too Faced Hangover primer, eyeshadow primer (currently using up Urban Decay Anti-Aging Primer), and this below my eyes.  It hydrates and plumps the skin, de-puffs, and also slightly color corrects.  It is, simply put, the bee's knees.


Too Faced Born This Way (in Snow & Nude):  I have been wearing Snow for months.  I noticed that lately it's not quite enough color, so I've been applying Snow to the center of my face, then mixing it equal parts with Nude to add more color to the borders of my face.  I reviewed my favorite foundations and went more in depth here.

Medusa's Makeup Blush in Jezebel: I got this blush in my Vegan Cuts Beauty Box, and instantly fell in love.  I visited Chicago maybe five years ago and got my first glimpse of the brand, but never ended up buying any.  When I saw it in my box, I was excited.  As soon as I tried it on, I knew I was going to be using it often.  It's a coral color, but it has a gorgeous pop to it.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil in Moonspoon: I'm a pretty big fan of this exact liner.  I can't say I'm a fan of ALL of the 24/7 Pencils, but I do like Moonspoon a lot.  I ended up with a LOT of UD liners during my years with Sephora, so I've been trying to use them more lately to use them up before they all dry out.  This one is my favorite because it reminds me of the Perfect Eyes in Perfect Storm from Too Faced.

Too Faced La Creme Matte:  I don't even have a favorite color, I am in love with all of them!  I wear As If! a lot because it goes well with Jezebel from Medusa's Makeup, and Love Hangover from Too Faced.  Bachelorette is another gorgeous choice.  Pitch Perfect is a purple-fuschia that looks good on everyone.  I haven't tried one on yet that I didn't like!


Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy:  Holy crap!  I CAN'T EVEN.  The best non-dairy ice cream I have found is the So Delicious Coconut and Almond Milk varieties.  They are still fantastic, but now I am in LOVE with the Ben & Jerry options!  I haven't tried one I don't like yet!  As a matter of fact, Fudge Brownie is waiting in the freezer for a taste test...

Gamma Labs G Fuel in Mystery Flavor:  I have now tried Fazeberry (yum!!), Pineapple and Mystery.  The Mystery Flavor smells like the Lik-Em-Stik from Fun Dip, but tastes floral, almost like I would expect cherry blossom to taste.  I don't think it's my favorite, but I would buy it again!

Chameleon Cold-Brew and Califia Farms Cold Brew:  I have been drinking cold brew for over a year now, and it's amazing how much better my stomach does with it.  I used to brew my own, but I started buying the Chameleon Cold-Brew while we were still in Texas.  Shortly after, I discovered Califia Farms had cold brew and have often picked up the single serve bottles every time I work in an Ulta or Sephora near a Whole Foods.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

My Favorite Vegan and Cruelty Free Foundations! Updated for 2016!!

Hello everyone!!  I made this post back in 2012 and it is still a very popular post.  Unfortunately, two of those foundations are from cruelty free companies anymore!  I wanted to post my up to date favorites!

I like different foundations for different reasons, so hopefully one of these foundations can become your holy grail based off of what you're looking for in coverage, finish and format.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Too Faced Vegan List Spring/Summer 2016!

I have the up to date vegan list from Too Faced for their Spring/Summer 2016 launches!

  • Better Than Sex Mascara
  • Mascara Melt Off
  • Natural Matte Eye Palette Shadow Collection
  • Perfect Eyes (All shades)
  • Instant Attitude Brow Bone Highlighting Pencil

  • Born This Away Foundation (All shades)
  • Cocoa Powder Foundation (All shades)
  • Hangover Primer
  • Primed & Poreless Primer
  • Primed & Poreless Loose Powder
  • Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder
  • Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer (All shades)
  • Cocoa Contour (Original, Not Deep)
  • Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush (All shades)
  • Sweetheart Bronzer - Sweet Tea
  • Love Flush Blush – How Deep Is Your Love
  • Love Flush Blush – Your Love is King

  • Lip Injection
  • Lip Injection Extreme
  • Lip Insurance Primer
  • Lip Insurance Glossy
  • Le Crème Color Drenched Lip Crème (Except Mean Girls & Lollipop)
  • Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick (All shades)
  • Melted Chocolate Liquified Long Wear Lipstick (All shades)
  • Melted Metal Liquified Long Wear Lipstick (All shades)
  • Perfect Lips Lip Liner (All shades)

  • Royal Oil Body Bronzer

  • Pro-Essential Teddy Bear Hair Brush Set
  • Kabuki Brush
  • Mr. Right



Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Quick Review: Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Eyeshadow Palette!

As many of you know by now, I started working with Too Faced Cosmetics in February.  I adore the company and everything they stand for, and I am very happy to be on the team!  I picked up the new Chocolate Bonbons palette, and planned to be on a no-buy for a while.  That didn't last when I walked into my Northgate store and saw how gorgeous the Peanut Butter and Jelly palette was in person.  I had to have it.  I expected to not like it much since I can't usually do warm browns, but something about this palette was different.

Too Faced Peanut Butter & Jelly Palette; $36 for 9 eyeshadows

The warm browns almost have a copper toned element that makes them look great with my eye color.  I have hazel eyes, and I struggled to decide if the palettes colors make them pull more green or brown.  Ultimately, I think it depends on which colors I wear, but I feel like they typically pull more green with this palette.

I am wearing over half of the palette in this look.

Overall, the palette is everything I expect from Too Faced.  The eyeshadows are smooth and silky and blend easily.  The textures are nice and easy to work with.  Even the more glittery shades were fun to work with, and I was able to easily avoid fallout.  Basically, you could say this is a "no ragrets" kind of buy.  Honestly, my only regret is that when I wear it into stores, they're usually sold out of it!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Lashes and Lightsabers: the Star Wars x Covergirl Collection

Star Wars: the Force Awakens ushers in a new era of Star Wars.  It has a new director, features lots of new characters, and has a makeup collection.  Iconic makeup artist and head of cosmetics with Proctor and Gamble, Pat McGrath did what she does best: create.  She started with six iconic looks inspired by the Force Awakens, and designed new cosmetics based off of them.

Looking at the editorial shots, it's easy to see where Pat drew her inspirations.  Each look launched a new lipstick color, and fans of C-3PO will immediately recognize his signature gold in her Droid look, and respective Colorlicious Lipstick in Gold #40 ($6.99*).

There are five other lipsticks inspired by Star Wars icons on both the Light and Dark Sides of the Force.  After Droid (C-3PO) brought us golds on the Light Side, Jedi shows a soft Nude #70 lip, and Mystic has Lilac #20.  The Dark Side has Stormtrooper inspired Dark Purple #50, Dark Apprentice shows the familiar Red #30, and Chrome Captain brings us an icy Silver #10.

There are six Outlast Nail Polishes ($5.49*) in the collection as well, though they do not seem to directly correlate with the makeup looks (it appears other permanent Outlast shades were used).  Those shades are Fury #93 (intense crimson), Nuclear #97 (chemical green), Mutant 101 (bold blue), Red Revenge 180 (deep red color), Nemesis 195 (medium eggplant) and Speed of Light 200 (pale grey).  There are also photos and swatches of Emerald Blaze 50 on blogger pages, but not with the official Star Wars x Covergirl Collection on covergirl.com.

The other release in the line is truly designed for the collector in all of us.  It features ten variations in packaging of their pre-existing Supersizer mascara ($6.85*) in Very Black with iconic Star Wars quotes.  There are five for the Light Side, featured on their waterproof formula, and five for the Dark Side, on their classic formula.  Choose a Side, or go ahead and collect all 10; we're certainly not judging.

*Prices vary by location and retailer and are from covergirl.com; also available where ever Covergirl cosmetics are sold.

Note to Gary:  All products used will be linked to their archive location on CS.  Also, there are more product photos if you would like more added.
Disclaimer: This article is written to appear on another website.