January 2016 Favorites: Beauty, Fandom & Random

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Hello my friends!

Instead of doing monthly beauty favorites, I figured I would do a monthly round-up of my favorite (and some not so favorite) things from all categories. I have so many things I love that aren’t beauty related and want to share them with all of you!

Let’s get started!

BEAUTY:

I actually had a pretty miserable cold for part of January so I don’t have a ton of makeup to share, but I did use some excellent skin care products.

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MyChelle Dermaceuticals Fruit Enzyme Scrub (vegan) I received this in a Petit Vour Box and I have to say I’m really glad I had this on hand. It was the perfect gentle exfoliator for my jacked up skin due to my cold. If you have sensitive skin you may want to give this scrub a try.

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Pelle Beauty Luxe Beauty Balm (vegan) This is another jewel I received in a Petit Vour box! If you’ve been around awhile you know I love Pelle Beauty’s Stellar Facial Oil so I expected to love the Luxe Balm and of course I did! What I really love about it was that in the aftermath of my cold and the weather in Florida going from being in the 40’s up to the 70’s in the space of a few days my skin has been freaking out. I have been using the Luxe Balm to spot treat some dry patches. It’s AMAZING!

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Kiss My Sass Perfume Oil in Fireside Chai (vegan) Kiss My Sass is one of my favorite cruelty free/vegan friendly indie companies. All of my perfume is from Kiss My Sass and Fireside Chai is the latest addition to my collection.

FANDOM:

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This is not a favorite. I am so ANNOYED Doctor Who has been pulled from Netflix and Hulu! I’ve gotten used to being able to pull up my favorite episodes on demand and I’m bummed they are gone. I’ve heard the rumours that BBC is going to offer a streaming service, but that may take awhile and in the meantime no Who marathons for me.

RANDOM:

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While I was sick it gave me a chance to catch up on a book series I’ve been reading off and on for a few years. I just finished book 8 in the Charley Davidson Series. The series starts in First Grave on the Right. If you read the Stephanie Plum novels and liked them, you will probably love this series. Charley is a Private Investigator who is also the Grim Reaper and sometimes she helps the departed with unfinished business. It’s a totally addicting and fun read.

Well, that is a wrap on January’s Beauty, Fandom and Random, have you tried anything in my post? Are you as upset about Doctor Who as I am?

Let me know in the comment section below!

Thanks for reading!

 

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Darling Girl Cosmetics Haul and Review

Hello Friends!

I have been slowly getting back into the swing of things now that Liam is back in school. I have been taking my time and getting blog posts organized and using my new planner to help with the blog and I’m finally in a good spot with regards to organizing my time. So let’s get started!

Today I have my first ever haul and review of Darling Girl Cosmetics. Darling Girl is a cruelty free indie company and I decided to place an order after I received a coupon code in my July Lip Addicts Anonymous Subscription and I am so glad I took the chance! I do want to give my vegan readers a heads up that while Darling Girl does have some vegan options, they are not totally vegan friendly. If you are looking for a great indie company that is vegan friendly, I would go with Kiss My Sass Cosmetics*.

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I’m just going to confess something to you guys right now. If an eyeshadow has the word taupe in it’s name or in the description, I’m going to buy it. I can’t seem to stop myself, which is how I chose the two full size eyeshadows I decided to buy.

Jeweled Taupe is an amazing, metallic, bronzey taupe with multi-colored shimmer like tiny little jewels ribboned through it. I’m going to be honest Jeweled Taupe is my new favorite shadow. I am totally obsessed with it and have been wearing it every single day since it was delivered to my house. It’s great for a quick wash of single color but I have also been pairing it with my second favorite shadow from this order, Woogy.

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Smoking Gun is a deep, smokey, grey-brown taupe. I have played with this shadow a little and it is amazing. I can tell that the further we get into “autumn” (hey, I live in Florida, so “autumn” gets quotes since it’s really just a slightly less lava hot version of summer) I will be using it a lot more!

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Too Cute Sheer blackberry with a touch of gold pearl this is a blendable two-in-one formula for lips and cheeks. This was the item of the month when I ordered, so I was excited to be able to try it! I have been using this mostly as a lip gloss stain and it is really pretty and has decent staying power!

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Now onto the Petit Sizes I ordered. Darling Girl Cosmetics offers Full Size, Petit Size and Sample Sizes on most of their eyeshadows. I chose these strictly based on fandom impulse because my first love will always be my favorite tv shows and movies!

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Woogy Eye Shadow Deep brown with champagne tones. This shadow is named after the big bad in one of my favorite episodes of Charmed, so of course it had to be mine! Also, bonus woogyman spell gifs! Woogy is my second favorite (and current second most used) shadow of the group I purchased and I will be getting a full size very soon!

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Tragic Death of Mr. Stay Puft A light toasted tan with a hint of blue, red and gold iridescence just like the adorable toasted villain we loved. This shadow is next up on my to play with list!

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Here are a few photos of me wearing Jeweled Taupe and Woogy on my eyes and Too Cute as my blush and lip stain. Please excuse my wet hair, I got stuck in the rain!

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I’m impressed with the items I received in my first Darling Girl Cosmetics order and am looking forward to trying more items from this cruelty free indie company!

Have you tried anything from Darling Girl Cosmetics? What should I try next?

Thanks for reading!

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July Cruelty Free & Vegan Friendly Subscription Round Up (Petit Vour & Lip Addicts Anonymous)

Hello Friends!

Well, this has been a weird summer. I haven’t been around much on the blog due to just being super busy with Liam and really pushing potty training and also starting the 21 Day Fix program (I will be reviewing that in a few weeks). If I’m not putting up blog posts I’m almost always still posting to Instagram or Twitter, so make sure you are following me both places! When Liam starts school in a few weeks, I will be able to get back to a regular posting schedule!

Since I am super behind on blog posts I decided to combine this month’s Petit Vour and Lip Addicts Anonymous posts! Let’s get into the goodness!

Up first is the July Petit Vour Box. If you are unfamiliar with Petit Vour (referral link*) it is a luxury cruelty free and vegan beauty subscription service. It is $15.00 a month and you generally receive a mix of full size and/or deluxe sample sizes of makeup and skincare. I LOVE Petit Vour and highly recommend checking it out!

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This month we received two full size items.

First up is a Nail Lacquer from Aila in Doolish ($17). This super pretty coral shade is 5-free, non-toxic and vegan! I have been wearing this on my fingers and toes since the moment it arrived! Just a reminder to those who have been here awhile and for any new friends, I am TERRIBLE at painting my fingernails so please forgive the less than stellar paint job 🙂

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Next up is the Mango Butter by Nubian Heritage ($13) I am usually pretty picky about body butter/lotion type products, for example I don’t tend to enjoy the scents of the various Body Shop lotions. Each lotion/body butter I have received from Petit Vour has been amazing and this is no exception! It smells yummy and feels so good! It’s also on sale at the Nubian Heritage site, so go check it out!

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Since I live in super hot Florida mine melted in the mail and had to firm back up which is why it looks all bumpy.

Since I live in super hot Florida mine melted in the mail and had to firm back up which is why it looks all bumpy.

I have not had any luck getting a natural/vegan/cruelty free deodorant to work for me (possibly because I haven’t found one able to stand up to Florida), but I live in hope! I haven’t tried Sexy Sadie (sample $4) but I’m going to be testing it out soon!

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The last item in July’s Petit Vour Box is Luxe de Mer’s Gentle Face Cleanser (sample $9.75) from Luxe de Mer: Our blend of rosewater, glycerine and essential oils is the perfect cleanser for all skin types. I haven’t tried it yet, but it is going into my skincare items to try bin and I will let you guys know how it works!

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Now onto the Lip Addicts Anonymous (LAA) bag by Kiss My Sass Cosmetics (referral link*).

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Kiss My Sass is my favorite cruelty free/vegan friendly indie makeup brand. I’m obsessed with their perfumes and eyeshadows. LAA is $8 a month plus shipping. My total is usually $10.25, if you decide to subscribe (AND YOU SHOULD) your total may be slightly different depending on the shipping method you choose. Each month we receive one exclusive to LAA full size lip product, an exclusive 20% off coupon to use on any order for the month, plus several samples. Occasionally we get candy (yay!) and items from other cruelty free (not always vegan) indie makeup brands. Let’s get into the good stuff!

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The full size lip product this month is a Sheer Lip Glaze in Keep Calm & Love a Soldier ($8). Keep Calm & Love a Soldier is a mix of red, silver & blue shimmers. It is vegan, dye free. lip safe and has an apple pie flavor.

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On to the samples!

As American as Apple Pie Soap ($1) Apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream & a caramel rum drizzle. Vegan, Contains dyes. They are not joking when they say it smells like apple pie. I haven’t used it yet because it’s so pretty and I’m hoarding it for a special occasion…I’m not sure what kind of special occasion but I guess I’ll know it when it happens!

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The next two samples didn’t really do much for me, mostly because I’m too old to get away with the colors, but I will be gifting them to a few little girls in my life who will flip out!

Mermaid Lagoon Sheer Lip Glaze and Island Cocktails Sheer Lip Glaze ($2 each) Vegan, Contains Dyes, Coconut flavor and Island Cocktail flavor.

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Swatches!

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We also received two pieces of Apple Pie Taffy! There is only one in the picture above because I may have eaten the other piece immediately upon opening the bag (please don’t judge me).

Another extra we received this month was a sticker with a $5 coupon from Darling Girl Cosmetics another cruelty free indie company. I have already used my coupon and received my order (YAY!). I’m really impressed with the Darling Girl items so far, but just a warning that some of their items are not vegan, they very clearly list all ingredients for each product on their website so it’s easy to choose the products that are best for you!

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Well, that’s it for this super long post! If you have made it to the end, thanks for sticking with me! I should have more of a normal schedule towards the middle of August!

Are you subscribed to Petit Vour or LAA? Did you see anything you wanted to try?

Thanks for reading!

*I do not receive money from the Kiss My Sass referral link. If you use the link to purchase something I receive points that can be used in the shop toward purchasing products. If you use the Petit Vour Link I would be compensated. Do not feel obligated to use these links!

June’s Lip Addicts Anonymous by Kiss My Sass Cosmetics

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I am getting my June Lip Addicts Anonymous opening in just under the wire! Lip Addicts Anonymous is a new subscription service by Kiss My Sass Cosmetics **. LAA is $8.00/month (plus shipping) and you will receive one exclusive full size lip product, several samples and an exclusive 20% off coupon that can be used on any order for the rest of the month! It’s a great deal! Now, let’s jump into the goodies that I received in June’s bag!

This month’s exclusive lip product was a lip tint called Body Electric (6.00). It is a sheer wash of mauve/light purple. Body electric is vegan, dye free and has a cotton candy flavor.

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We also received a Body Electric Cream Blush Sample (2.00). The Cream Blush is also a mauve/purple color and is vegan.

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Left: Body Electric Lip Tint Right: Body Electric Cream Blush

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Right: Body Electric Cream Blush

Next up is a sample of KMS perfume oil in I Kiss Unicorns (4.00). This vegan perfume is described as fluffy marshmallow clouds and cotton candy swirls with hints of crisp pears, juicy nectarines and a touch of sandalwood. This oil smells exactly like cotton candy to me!

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We also received two extras in this month’s box!!

Elizabeth from Kiss My Sass included some Unicorn Candy (which Liam promptly ate) and we received an eyeshadow from Glamour Doll Eyes!

Glamour Doll Eyes eyeshadow in IT’S SO FLUFFY!! (6.00)  I haven’t had a chance to purchase anything from GDE, so I was excited to see this eyeshadow included. The back of the eyeshadow container says that this is a LAA exclusive so I am assuming that means you can’t buy it on the GDE website. Also, this eyeshadow is not vegan.

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L: IT'S SO FLUFFY111 R: Kiss My Guavas

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In the below pic I am wearing the Body Electric Lip Tint and Cream Blush and used IT’S SO FLUFFY!!!:

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I think Elizabeth (owner of Kiss My Sass) did an excellent job on choosing items for her second month’s bag and I can’t wait to get the July bag!

If you are interested in signing up for this subscription (and you should!) each month spots for new subscribers opens up on the 2nd at noon EST.

Have you signed up for the Lip Addicts Anonymous subscription? Do you have any Glamour Doll Eyes products you would recommend for me to try?

Thanks for reading!

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New Geek Chic Collection Launching Tomorrow, June 10!!!

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You guys. YOU GUYS!!!! Geek Chic is launching a new collection on June 10th. I love Marvel, so when I just saw the announcement on Facebook that it will be named The Assemble Collection and the artwork done by Matt Lara I got a little over excited and wanted to make sure everyone knows about the upcoming awesomeness! They will be releasing more details tonight along with sneak peek photos, so make sure to follow them on Facebook if you aren’t already!

Anyone else super excited?

New Vegan Friendly Subscription: Lip Addicts Anonymous from Kiss My Sass!!

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Hello friends! Today I want to talk to you about a new beauty subscription from Kiss My Sass* called Lip Addicts Anonymous. Kiss My Sass is one of my favorite cruelty free/vegan friendly brands. LAA is $8.00 (plus shipping) a month and you get one full size exclusive lip product and several samples of random other KMS products. May was the launch of LAA and it will be available again for signup on June 2nd according to the website.

Let’s take a look at the goodies from the May 2015 Lip Addicts Anonymous package!

First up is May’s Exclusive Lip Product:

Lip Glaze in Hypnotic: I wasn’t sure of this color at first because it looks very purple in the tube, but it is very pretty on the lips.

Perfume Oil Sample in Hypnotic: Per KMS website Hypnotic has notes of orange, peach, cherry blossom & white jasmine. I love the Kiss My Sass perfumes/perfume oils. I sometimes get samples of fragrances in a Petit Vour Box, but the only place I actually buy perfume from is Kiss My Sass. Per KMS Hypnotic is comparable to Love Spell by Victoria’s Secret. It is a very pleasant fruity/floral scent.

Cream Eyeshadow Sample in Sailors Demise: Per KMS: Sailors Demise is Sailors Demise is a beautiful shimmering blue-green shade inspired by mermaids. This is a very pretty color and I am excited to start playing with this shadow!

Eyeshadow Sample in Tattoo Shop: Per KMS Tattoo Shop: a black base loaded with blue & violet sparkles. Very pretty!

Swatches!

Here I am with my typical preschool drop off makeup look wearing the Hypnotic Lip Glaze:

I am already looking forward to receiving June’s LAA and I highly recommend giving this subscription a try, you can cancel anytime and this is a great way to build up your stash of lip products that are great quality and affordable!

Thanks for reading!

*Personal referral link. I receive points if you use my link to purchase anything on the Kiss My Sass website (similar to the way Ipsy works)