Arctic Fox | Cruelty Free & Vegan Hair Color

I have been a cosmetologist for close to ten years now, and needless to say I’ve had my hair many different colors. I’ve been doing basically the same thing with my hair for the past few years, but I’ve been itching for a change. I did red many years ago, and always felt like it suited my personality, so I decided to give Arctic Fox a try. 

Arctic Fox is a cruelty free company and the hair colors they offer are vegan. They offer semipermanent fashion colors. There is no peroxide or ammonia, no PPD or ethyl alcohol. They are self described as “vibrant colors with added conditioner”. These dyes are manufacted in the United States, and a portion of all sales are donated to help animals. 

I decided what colors to try by searching their Instagram to see which ones I liked. I ended up purchasing wrath, poison, and sunset orange. With vibrants like these, I prefer to custom mix so that each time I use them I get a little bit something different. 

Prior to purchasing the hair colors my hair was all over balyage. My roots and a couple inches down, and the underside are my natural hair. I lighten the balyage parts of my hair about twice a year. Some areas of my hair are as dark as a level five or six, while others are more around a level 8 or 9. For this type of color to show up, hair needs to be blonde or lightened. 

My hair before coloring, prelightened balyage.

I followed the directions they supply basically word for word and got great results, so I suggest doing the same. I washed my hair, didn’t use conditioner, and dried it. I had three bowls of mixture. One I had just sunset orange, one I mixed all three, and one had wrath and poison mixed. Also, WEAR GLOVES & make sure that you apply barrier cream to your hairline.

I began by applying sunset orange with a brush to my lightened sections. I wanted to make sure that I had a good orange base, because my hair tends to look very pink with red color over it. I took small sections making sure to rub the color in and emulsify it. I didn’t want any patches of blonde left over. Once each part was covered with sunset orange (admitidly this took a very long time), I went in with the triple mixture on my roots and partially way down the hair shaft. Even though my roots are not lightened, I wanted to make sure to cover everything so that it looked like the same tone. I also have some natural lightness near the front and wanted that to pick up the red. I covered the under part of my hair with the mixture of wrath and poison. Once the color had been on for probably 30 minutes I added the triple mixture all over my head and waited another 30 minutes. Quite honestly there was really no rhyme or reason to how I was doing things, I just kinda did what I thought would look the best. 

I rinsed my head with pretty moderate temperature water, making sure to scrub the best I could on my scalp so that it didn’t leave behind color. I then conditioned and applied styling products, and styled as usual. 

You can see how my brown hair underneath did slightly take a red tone.

In different lighting you can see the different tones of red.

I LOVE the results, and will continue to use this stuff!

Here’s a few take aways from my first experience with Arctic Fox:

  • I surprisingly didn’t have trouble getting the color off of spots on my skin or sink. Which is usually not the case with other brands. 
  • The smell is incredible, like candy? And the smell stays on the hair in the most delightful way.
  • My hair is super shiny and manageable after using the colors.
  • This color deposits amazingly on any kind of lighter hair, anything that was dark blonde and lighter absorbed color. Tonally on my brown hair the lighter brown areas have a red tint, but to get the results I got you need to have prelightened hair. 
  • These colors are easily customizable, and you can make some beautiful and unique shades.

    XO

    MO

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    Holy Smokes Mad For Matte E.L.F. Palette | Cruelty Free & Vegan

    ELF is one of the most affordable cruelty free brands out there that offer so many vegan options. If you are on a budget but want to shop consciously, this is your best bet. They just released a new Mad For Matte palette called Holy Smokes, and from the moment they announced it I knew that I needed it!

    The palette features 10 matte shades, and retails for only $10. The Mad For Matte palettes come in a small compact case with a mirror, and are great for traveling. Holy Smokes has mostly cooler and neutral tones. The previous Mad For Matte 2 palette is one of my favorites, and features mostly warm tones if that’s what you fancy. Personally I was drawn to this palette for the matte greys, browns, and that gorgeous pop of teal.

    These shadows are pigmented, and also very smooth to the touch with the exception of the cobalt blue color. This color is still pigmented and opaque, but just feels slightly grittier than the others. On the eyes these have worn well for me. I use over a primer and they last & blend well with each other. Again, the only shade I’ve had struggles with so far is the deep blue shade, but I seem to always struggle finding dark matte blues that apply well. 

    The shadows swatched with no primer. 

    One of my favorite shades so far of the palette is the black. It is great to see such a dark opaque black shadow at a drugstore price. 

    I would reccomend the E.L.F. palettes to anyone who is looking for a budget friendly cruelty free option, but still wants good quality. This palette is also great if you’ve been wanting to try out some of these shades but are unsure how you will feel about them.
    You can purchase this palette here.
    XO

    MO

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    Kat Von D Saint Perfume |Vegan & Cruelty Free |How it compares to other high end perfumes

    When I went entirely cruelty free and vegan, I actually had a pretty easy time finding substitutes for most of my beauty products. It was a learning process, with a lot of trial and error, but, for mostly everything I found something comparable or better. Everything except high end perfumes. 
    Now, many perfumes on the market are not cruelty free and vegan. A lot of the bigger names brands are either from companies that test on animals, or are owned by companies who do. 

    Those beautiful, long lasting perfumes also many times contain animal ingredients. These ingredients are often secretions from animals and appear in the form of words like musk, civet, and castoreum.

    I have almost exclusively been using the Pacifica body sprays and perfumes in place of my old perfumes. These are great, but they do not have the lasting power or pungency of typical perfumes.

    Previously to going cruelty free, my favorite perfumes were Dolce & Gabanna The One and Desire, and YSL Black Opium. Both companies are not cruelty free. 

    I purchased Kat Von D Saint, which is both cruelty free and vegan. The sister scent, Sinner, is also good but has more of a deeper, spicy smell while Saint is more light. Saint and Sinner are both similar to the types of perfumes I would typically wear. Saint is sweet and fruity, although they describe it as floraly. I feel these would work very well mixed together as well. 

    The common notes of the perfumes I used to wear are

    • Bergamot, mandarin, plum, jasmine, vanilla, amber, musk, orange blossom, sandalwood, caramel.

    The notes that Saint features that are the same are

    • Mandarin, vanilla, jasmine, musk (synthetic), plum, caramel, sandalwood.

      This perfume has staying power but at the same time I feel that the smell is not over powering. This is the first perfume I have purchased in years that I feel is comparable to the ones I used to love. 

      Packaging wise, the bottles are beyond beautiful and lovely to display. I also feel the price point is fair at $65 for 1.7 oz. I may have to purchase Sinner as well, because I have been so happy with Saint.

      I purchased mine in a Sephora store, which I would reccomend if you can. It is nice to be able to smell them in person and observe how it smells on yourself. You can purchase online on Sephora & Kat Von D Beauty.

      XO

      -MO

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      Zuzu Luxe – My Favorite Cruelty Free, Vegan, Non Toxic Eye & Lipliners

      I think one of the hardest cruelty free and vegan finds is eyeliners. There are so many on the market that are lack luster, don’t stay, or are not smooth application. I especially find this to be true with non-toxic brands.

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      One of my favorite brands is Zuzu Luxe/Garbriel Cosmetics. They have great eyeshadows, liquid liner and lipsticks. They also have my favorite pencil eyeliner/lipliners out there.

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      They offer some really unique and beautiful colors. As far as I can tell by looking at ingredients, the ingredients are the same in both lip and eye liner pencils. I use them for both lip and eyes with no irritation. These are mineral based and gluten free. The outer box they come in has ingredients displayed, as well as the leaping bunny and 100% vegan and cruelty free symbols.

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      These glide on easily and I especially prefer them for my waterline. The color leaf is great as a pop of color. These three are my personal favorites.

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      from top to bottom: cappuccino (lip), tobacco, leaf. 

      These run roughly $13 and I find them at my local whole foods, but you can find them online here.

      XO

      -MO

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      Pixi It’s Eye Time Cruelty Free & Vegan Eye Shadow Palette

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      Pixi is a cruelty free makeup brand with many vegan options that you can purchase at target. The brand price point is somewhere between drugstore and high-end, and they offer everything from complexion products to setting mists. Although I have known of this brand for quite some time, I have previously never purchased anything until recently. The Pixi +Its Judy Time eye palette has always caught my eye for the sleek design and beautiful colors, so I had to give it a try.

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      This palette retails for $24 and I had no issue finding it at my local target. The palette contains 12 shadows. There are both shimmers and mattes, which makes for a great everyday palette. The colors are mostly warm in tone. The palette comes in an outer box which does have ingredients listed on it, and the palette itself is sturdy plastic with a clear front that displays all of the shadows. I really appreciate this, as someone with a large eye shadow collection this feature makes it easy to see what I have which makes me more apt to grab for it. The back of the palette also displays the names.

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      here are swatches with no primer, in natural outside light. from left to right it is top row down. 

      These swatch easily and are nice and smooth with finger, and pick up on a brush. The shimmers pick up and apply well with a flat brush, and better if sprayed with setting spray. The mattes apply easily as well and are easy to build up. There is some difference in color payoff but all can be built up and blended easily. I have only used these with a primer and had a great result. I always use a primer on my eyes, and will always suggest that with any shadow. These have the same longevity as other shadows for me, and are a far better option, in my opinion, than many other drugstore or target finds. These are my new go to and it is great for travel since it is all you need. I also have found that some of the shades make great blush colors, and the lightest shimmer is a good highlight when used with a dewy setting mist.

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      This is my everyday smokey eye using the palette. I also used this palette for blush & highlight!

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      I feel like for the price and the amount of use that you can get out of this palette it is worth picking up. You can find this palette at Target!

      XO

      -MO

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      Best Cruelty Free & Vegan SPF

      Sun protection is important all year round, but now that the sun is out and people are hitting the beach it is even more important to protect that skin! I have tried a ton of vegan, cruelty free and natural sunscreens and there are only two that I swear by. While there are plenty of brand options out there, I am picky about consistency and efficacy.

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      My favorite for facial SPF is the Natural Mineral Sunscreen Face from DermaE. This is my go to skincare brand for my sensitive and breakout prone skin in general, but this sunscreen is holy grail. It is broad spectrum SPF 30, contains zinc oxide, and has a non greasy feel. It does not irritate my eyes and it sits well under makeup as well. I never experience breakouts or irritation from this and I continually repurchase. It also stands up well against sweat in hot conditions.

      My favorite for body SPF is Tattoo Shade by Kiss My Face. I like every sunscreen I have tried from this brand, but this one in particular is what I reach for. It is vegan, spreads easily, and smells great as well. Even though this product is geared for “tattooed skin”, I use it everywhere on my body. It stands up well against sweat and is water resistant up to 40 minutes. This is broad spectrum SPF 30 and boasts that it contains antioxidant defenders. I am not sure how much extra protection you actually receive from those antioxidant ingredients, but it does leave my skin feeling healthy and soft. This sunscreen has a fresh, almost fruity scent, so I don’t feel overpowered by the scent.

      I have found both of these at local stores, but you can find them online

      DermaE Face

      Kiss My Face

      Enjoy the summer sun!

      XO

      MO

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      Vegan Cuts Beauty Subscription Box | Cruelty Free & Vegan | March 2017 Review

      Vegan Cuts Beauty Box is a monthly subscription box. This box runs you $23 a month, shipping included.
      They promise to deliver 4-7 full and sample size products, 100% cruelty free, mostly natural and organic, and paraben free.
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      The March box featured 6 items, and the total value was $65.

      Here are my thoughts on what was inside!

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      Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Lip Balm $4 value
      This was one of my favorite items! This lip balm has a squeeze tube and the signature coconut and hibiscus scent but there is no real flavor to this. This stuff works amazing, and I have used it practically every day since getting it. It leaves lips hydrated but not sticky. I will definitely purchase this once I run out!
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      Plantlife “Detox” Therapeutic Mineral Bath Salt $6 value
      It is always nice to get a variety in these boxes, and this was a nice addition to the box. I didn’t find anything life changing or amazing about it, but it was a nice relaxing experience. I may in the future see what other kinds of items this brand offers.
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      Hempz Fresh Coconut & Watermelon Herbal Body Moisturizer$7 value
      This was another favorite item of this month! This moisturizer smells so fresh and sweet, it is one of my favorite scents of lotions I’ve used. The smell also does stay on the skin well. The consistency of this is really nice and lightweight. It does not feel sticky or thick, but leaves skin soft and shiny. I will probably buy a giant tub of this stuff once I use up this size.
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      Londontown Lakur Nail Polish in “Brill-ant”$16 value
      My number one favorite item of this box is this polish. I’ve been wanting to try this brand so this was a great opportunity to do so. I love the super metallic color, I think it is perfect for spring. Application wise this was one of my favorite brushes as it didn’t make a mess, maybe it is just the perfect size and product consistency. This polish also dried extremely fast, which is great for me because I usually fidget and mess it up. This also lasted really well for me, and the first few days were pretty chip resistant.
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      Modicum Skincare Cleanser & Exfoliant$32 value
      As I stated in my unboxing video, I was very hesitant to try this product because I am really happy with my current skincare routine and my skin can be pretty reactive. I looked up the ingredients, and the active ingredient in the exfoliant is one that I am unfamiliar with and couldn’t find in my ingredient dictionary. Regardless, I tried both cleanser and exfoliant anyways. The cleanser was alright. The smell of it, like the oil I had before from this same brand, almost smells peppery to me. It isn’t a bad smell but I don’t love it. The exfoliant also didn’t wow me, and I didn’t feel like I had any results after using it that I don’t get from other exfoliants. If I needed a cleanser and exfoliant I might use these, but I feel like for my skin I’ve used much better. On a positive note, the packaging is amazing and looks very sleek. These products may work better for more dry or mature skin, but for my combination skin it just wasn’t a match made in heaven.

      Overall I was really happy with this months box, because I got three items that I have gotten a lot of use out of and will repurchase in the future. My favorite is definitely the nail polish, and I highly reccomend it!

      You can sign up for Vegan Cuts Beauty Box here!

      XO
      MO