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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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!

Balanced Guru’s Scrub Me Nice and Gritty

Hello my friends!

Today I want to talk to you about Balanced Guru’s Scrub Me Nice and Gritty Body Scrub. When I received this back in February in my Petit Vour Box, I still had a large container of LUSH’s Ocean Salt so I tossed Scrub Me in a drawer and forgot about it. When I eventually ran out of Ocean Salt and I was not feeling driving 45 minutes to the nearest LUSH, I remembered I had this hidden away and decided to try it out.

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The full size version of Scrub Me is 8 oz and sells for $22.99. This scrub is cruelty free and vegan friendly. Per Balanced Guru’s website: May be used head to toe, going gently when used on your face and you can go as rough as you need to on your body. Enriched with Raw Sugar, Organic Coffee, Coconut Oil, Babassu Oil and Cocoa Butter (plus a little of Spearmint and Ginger to spice up your scrubbing experience). Safe for expecting mothers, nursing mothers and children.

When I started to use this I was comparing it to Ocean Salt because at that time it was my favorite full body exfoliator. Guys, Scrub Me blew Ocean Salt out of the water. It is amazing! I do want to say they aren’t kidding about using this GENTLY on your face, it would be very easy to over exfoliate. I loved the smell of Scrub Me so much that even on days when I wasn’t exfoliating, I would still open this up in the shower and take a quick whiff to help wake me up.

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As you can see, I used it all and I will be buying a full size of Scrub Me ASAP.  I would highly recommend giving Scrub Me Nice and Gritty a try.

Have you tried any of Balanced Guru’s products? If yes, what should I add to my Scrub Me order?

Thanks for reading!

December 2014 Petit Vour Unboxing

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Hello my friends!

I’m sorry I have been MIA, but with Liam being out for the holiday break, I have been hanging with him. School is back in so I will be back. Also, be on the lookout for my soon to be finished (I SWEAR!) 2014 Beauty Favorites!

On to my December 2014 Petit Vour Box!

 Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Cream: Lavender I have tried this a few times and while I feel like the product worked, it is “winter” in Florida, so it didn’t have a very tough testing environment. I found the smell to be unpleasantly overwhelming and while I would be open to trying one of the other scents, I don’t love it enough to buy a full size.

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Everyday Minerals Matte Blush, All Smiles I have not had a chance to try this very pretty peachy/coral blush, but I am adding it to the rotation!

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Blissoma Peace Evening Calming Creme This facial creme has a very strong green grass smell (to me anyway) it is not unpleasant, but there is definitely a strong odor. I did not care for the dropper the sample size came with, but it looks like the full size has a pump (yay!). The good news is that this is a FABULOUS moisturizer and my skin was super soft each morning after I applied it. I am currently using Argan Oil as my night time moisturizer, but may invest in a full size when I am finished.

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Trust Fund Beauty: Money Buys Happiness Here is a secret about me: I am not a fan of baby/cotton candy pink colors. They are just not my favorite. This polish wore well, with minimal chipping and I would have probably been much more gushy if it was any other color on the planet 🙂

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Thanks for reading!

November 2014 Petit Vour Unboxing and Review

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Today I’m going to be sharing my November Petit Vour Box. I was one of the subscribers who received their box super late due to weather issues and since it was already late, I figured why not use some of these items for awhile and give some mini reviews along with the unboxing!

In the spirit of full disclosure, this box was kind of a dud for me. I don’t hate anything, but I only really love one product in this month’s box. Please keep in mind just because I didn’t care for some of these products or they didn’t work for me doesn’t mean they won’t be amazing for you, if you decide to try them!

On to the products!

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La Fresh Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipes I took these wipes on my girls weekend and they can absolutely be used for removing eye makeup without irritating your eyes. I would not repurchase because I think they are too expensive for makeup removing wipes.

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Creme Shadow in Palma I was so excited when I swatched this creme shadow because it was such a pretty gold color however, this quickly turned into the biggest disappointment in this month’s box. When I apply this shadow to my eyes, it ends up looking like I have randomly placed glitter on my eyes, but no pigment. I have tried applying it directly from the tube, with my fingers and by using an eyeshadow brush. I have tried it with primer and without primer and sadly, I just can’t get this eyeshadow to show up on my eyes as anything other than glittery specks.

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Earthbody Skincare Dream Body Oil I am still on the fence about Dream. I’m going to keep using it and probably post a full review sometime later. A full size is only 23.00 and they have other scents for approximately the same price, so I may spring for a full size once I finish this sample.

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French Girl Organics Lip Tint in Cerise I have been wearing this almost every day and I LOVE IT! It is super moisturizing and the color can either be a sheer wash or built up to be more opaque. I will be checking out more products from this brand!

That wraps it up for November’s Petit Vour Box. I have already received December’s box and will be posting about it soon!

Thanks for reading!

Petit Vour October 2014 Unboxing

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s Petit Vour unboxing time! If you haven’t heard of Petit Vour, it is a vegan and cruelty free beauty subscription box. It is 15.00 a month and if you are wanting to explore vegan and cruelty free makeup and skin care, I think this is a great way to build a green beauty stash and be introduced to some great brands!

The theme for this month’s box is Beauty Thrillers. Let’s see what’s in the box!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAS.W. BASICS Skin Care Mini Exfoliant 12.00 We take organic oats and almonds, grind them until they’re not too rough but not too soft, add mineral-rich sea salt harvested from coasts nearby, and voila: a simple, nourishing, super-effective exfoliant that leaves your skin soft and glowing. I am so glad I got the exfoliant! I am just about done with my Ocean Salt and wasn’t looking forward to the 45 minute drive to LUSH. Now, I have a shiny new exfoliant to try!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFlo + Theo Body Butter Orange Harvest Sample Size (Full Size 28.00) Orange Harvest is a crisp and clean blend. This intoxicating aroma evokes feelings of walking through a grove of citrus trees on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning. Smooth, silky skin never felt this good. This smells so amazing! I love citrus scents and this body butter knocks it out of the park! The description from the website is dead on accurate: silky smooth!

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Once again, I am looking forward to using the products in my box and remain impressed with the quality of the items I have received!

Do you have a Petit Vour Subscription? What did you get in your box?

Thanks for reading!

Petit Vour September 2014 Unboxing

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My favorite time of each month is now the arrival of my monthly Petit Vour Box! The September box was co-curated by Tashina at Logical Harmony (if you haven’t subscribed to her blog, you need to rectify that situation asap!). The theme this month was Beauty and the Box. On to the goodies!

Ellovi Tinted Lip Butter 5.00 Tinted takes everything great about Lip Butter, and lightly tints your lips with the perfect hint of red. Natural tint is an ancient beauty secret. We infuse Lip Butter with the red root of a Mediterranean flower called alkanet. Tinted is lead-free and made from just six ingredients. If you have been reading for awhile you know I love my lip butters! I can’t wait to add this to the rotation!

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Lily LOLO Mineral Eye Shadow Cosmopolitan 12.00 Lily Lolo Cosmopolitan Eyes( Matte, dark olive brown) is a highly pigmented mineral eye shadow for a long lasting and durable finish. Create sheer or intense washes of colour, with shades which work both wet and dry. A vast shade range available in pure loose powder, which are very gentle on the eyelids. Olive Brown is not normally a color I would choose for myself, but I am excited to give it a try!

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ROOT SCIENCE YOUTH SERUM SAMPLE/FULL SIZE 80.00 Regrets are so last year! The first signs of graceful aging can be frightening, but have no fear my dear! RS Youth Serum has your back (or shall I say face). Properly nourishing the youthful skin cells you have NOW is the most important step you can take in prevention. Formulated with nature’s most powerful youth preserving ingredients, loaded with critical vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids which even out skin tone, restore suppleness, and smooth fine lines. A light weight face serum delicate enough for combination and acne prone skin, that desires extra attention to the fine lines. This is your first step in preserving your young, radiant skin and it’s been bottled with love just for you! One of the reasons I love my Petit Vour Subscription is all the awesome skin care products I am able to try! Can’t wait to get started with this serum! When I received my box, the pump was broken on my Serum (you will see that in the picture). I contacted Petit Vour and they immediately sent me out another bottle!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYarok Feed Your Ends 13.20 Protect your ends with this nutritious, leave-in conditioner spray, packed with vitamins, minerals and essential oils that nourish hair prior to blow drying or heat styling. I have naturally curly hair, so I am always on the lookout for the best hair products! I can’t wait to try this leave in conditioner!

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That is it for this month’s Petit Vour Unboxing! This is my third box and I have not received a single item that I am not excited to try! It is a great way to try new vegan and cruelty free beauty products for 15.00 a month!

Have you tried any of the products in this month’s box?

Thanks for reading!