Vegan Cuts Beauty Subscription Box – Cruelty Free & Vegan – February 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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Here are my thoughts on the February 2017 box!

This months box contained 6 items valued at around $44.

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Emani Eye Shadow Trio in Tango $20 value
This is a trio of vegan shadows, and there were multiple color options you could receive. I received Tango, which I was less than stoked about because the three are not shades I would typically use in a look. That aside, I was excited to try this brand as I have not before. The compact is nice, small and sturdy. I like the sleek basic black packaging, and it would be good for travel. Finger swatched, the shades preform beautifully. They don’t feel too chalky, but not too soft so that they crumble. The color pay off is totally lost when using a brush and putting it on the eyes. The best shade of this trio is the burgandy.
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I attempted multiple times to come up with a way to use this that I would be happy with, and really the best use for this trio is very natural, everyday, minimalistic looks. You are not going to get a high impact look from these shades. I am intrigued about this company though, and I intend to look into other items.

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The Ariel Co. Lip Scrub $9 value.
Another brand I have never tried! I absolutely love this lip scrub and it was my favorite item in this box. It tastes and smells like cotton candy bubblegum, and works so well! My lips are so soft after using this. I wear a lot of liquid lipsticks, so I have bee. Getting a ton of use out of the scrub. Will definitely purchase from this brand in the future.

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Oral Essentials Toothpaste $4 value.
This is a sample size flouride-free toothpaste. It claims to have a dead sea salt and oil blend that whitens teeth without harming enamel. This has a very strong mint flavor and definitely feels like its working when I use it. I haven’t been able to notice a whitening affect, but I will purchase this in the future because it leaves my mouth and teeth feeling clean and it has a better texture than many other vegan and natural toothpastes.

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earthly Body Leave In Treatment$4 value.
This sample spray claims to protect hair color and add shine. It has a very strong smell of sunflower, which I am not a fan of in hair care. I used this a few times, but didn’t really feel I could gauge if my hair was benefitting from it. I didn’t feel any added manageability, but I intend to hang on to this and bring along on some warm weather trips I have coming up to see how it holds up in the sun.

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Crazy Rumors Chocolate Strawberry Lip Balm $4 value.
I love Crazy Rumors lip balms! They are some of my favorite vegan lip balms out there, so of course I was happy to receive another. These are all moisturizing and every flavor I’ve tried is great.

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Herbal Transdermal Deep Pore Mineral Toner $3 value.
I am always very skeptical of new skincare items. My skin is very reactive to certain ingredients so I always proceed with caution. This toner has tea tree oil, vitamin c and wintergreen oil. The grapefruit scent comes from fragrance. I use glycolic acid and vitamin a on my skin regularly, so I tried this only on certain areas of my face. This seemed to only irritate my skin. This might work well if you don’t use a lot of active ingredients on your skin, but for me this didn’t do anything positive. I was pretty bummed because the grapefruit scent is nice!

Overall, this is the first box from Vegan Cuts that I wasn’t mostly happy with. Usually there is one product that I don’t like, but in this case there were only two products I was really happy with! The lip scrub and lip balm were the MVPs of this box. I do plan on trying other products from Emani to get a better feel for the brand.

You can sign up for Vegan Cuts Beauty Box here!

XO
MO

Au Naturale Organic Creme Stick Foundation Review | Cruelty Free & Vegan

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Au Naturale Cosmetics is a vegan, cruelty free, and clean beauty company. I have previously tried some of their other products and I have been using samples of their creme stick foundation on and off for a while and finally felt compeled to buy the full size and really try it out.
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First things first, I’ll give you a rundown of what I look for in a foundation and what skin type I am.
Skin Type: combination (mostly oily), breakout prone, ingredient sensitive.
Foundation Requirements: Natural finish, blends easily, moderate buildable coverage, doesn’t aggravate or cause breakouts (non comedogenic).

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Details:
The Au Naturale creme stick foundation retails for $38 for 9ml. The packaging is your standard stick foundation tube with twist. They have many colors, but I would recommend going slightly darker than you think you need, as they seem to run lighter. I use the shade Marino currently, but will probably go darker for summer. I usually purchase the light medium shades for most brands.

Ingredients are listed as follows:
“Organic Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Wax, Organic Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) Oil, Manihot Esculenta (Tapioca) Root Starch, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Mica.”
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Benefits listed on site:
“Formulated without gluten, parabens, fillers, animal by-products, synthetic preservatives or toxins, our organic creme foundation is 100% natural, cruelty-free, vegan and made in the USA.”

Application:
I find that this applies best with a foundation brush. I use a flat top kabuki for the most flawless blending. I would recommend using moisturizer and an additional SPF under this as it offers no sun protection. For me, since my skin tends to be oilier, I find the consistency of this product to be perfect. It melts into my skin easily and doesn’t settle in fine lines. I do suspect because of its consistency it would work best over a facial oil if you have dry skin. With a brush I get good coverage that still looks natural. The coverage is buildable, and I would say this is a light to a natural medium coverage. You can also use the foundation to conceal spots. I like to wear it on the natural side so that my freckles are still relatively visible.

Wear:
One of my favorite attributes of this foundation is how it wears. Whether I set with a powder of not it stays all day without wearing off (other than if I wear my glasses over it for long periods of time, I do notice the bridge of my nose wears off but that is typical for me). I like the way the finish looks by the end of the day, and I don’t have any flakes or patches that look uneven like with some stick foundations.
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wearing foundation Marino, bronzer & blush on cheeks

How My Skin Reacts:
My skin has actually improved since using this foundation. I find that I have less blemishes in places that foundations can irritate, and my overall skin health is better. I think the integrity of the ingredients is responsible for this. My skin is balanced when I wear this, and I am no longer afraid to use a foundation that contains oils!

Overall very impressed with this foundation, and think it is a great clean alternative to other stick foundations.

You can purchase this foundation here.
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MO

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Sugarpill Feline Fancy Collection Review (Cruelty Free & Vegan)

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Sugarpill is a cuter than life cruelty free makeup company. Not all of their products are vegan, but you can search what is vegan easily on their site. This year for a valentines day release, they came out with a collection called Feline Fancy. The collection features a four pan eyeshadow palette & a metallic liquid lipstick. Artwork for the collection is by Brandi Milne, an artist who I very much admire. I had to get my paws (pun intended) on this collection!
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The collection retails for $48 and is currently still available, although it is a limited edition item.
The packaging is so cute on this. It has an outer sleeve that holds everything, and the eyeshdaow palette has a cute double heart mirror.
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The eye shadow palette comes with four shades.
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with flash, L-R: S.W.A K., Wink, Text Me, Kiss Kiss
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without flash
The shades are described as followed on their website:
S.W.A.K. – foiled rose petal pink with gold duochrome, Sealed With a Kiss!
WINK – foiled soft baby pink champagne, doubles as an all-over highlighter
TEXT ME – warm matte brown, the perfect transition shade
KISS KISS – vibrant, foiled red

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The liquid lipstick is a gorgeous shade that compliments the collection perfectly. The packaging is very adorable and shows a lot of care went into design.
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Strange Love liquid lipstick with flash
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Strange Love liquid lipstick without flash
The color is described as followed on the website:
STRANGE LOVE – Deep metallic oxblood red with sparkle. Creamsicle scented!

Before purchasing this set I had only ever bought 2 lipsticks from Sugarpill. I bought the pretty poison lipsticks, which there is a review on my YouTube for, and was underwhelmed. For this launch I decided to give the company another go. I am so happy I did because the versatility of the palette is amazing.

The eye shadows all work beautifully on the eyes and the face. Blending is easy and the pigmentation is there. My favorite shade from the palette is Kiss Kiss. It is so hard to find good vegan red eye shadows and this shade knocks it out of the park! I also love S.W.A.K. as blush and wink as a highlight. Text Me is the perfect contour shade. I love that I can throw this little palette into my bag and have everything I need. It is rare that I get so much use out of a palette. I have been considering buying another because I use it so much!

The lipstick is also incredible. I cannot count how many people complemented me on it when I wore it. It is opaque and goes on easily. There is no discomfort with wear and the wear time is pretty long. I never get weird crumbles or dryness at the center of my lips like with some others. The color is excellent and the metallic finish is finely milled so there are no chunks of glitter. In love with this formula!

This collection is a strong recommend if you can get it. You can find it here.

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MO

What I Wore: Red & Black Street Style | Vegan & Cruelty Free

New England weather is unpredictable. But one thing you can count on is classic black accessories.

I wear a lot of black and adding red can really vamp up a look. Red & black is easy, but makes a bold statement anytime of year. The key is having the right shoes and bag to pull any leisurely outfit together and transform it into street style.

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DETAILS

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BAG – PIXIE MOOD KIM CONVERTIBLE BACKPACK – BLACK
$88 find it here.

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SHOES – MATT & NAT PEEL – BLACK
Currently on sale for $66, full price is $110 find them here.

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MO

Vegan Cuts Beauty Subscription Box – Cruelty Free & Vegan – January 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.

Here are my thoughts on the January box.
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This box contained 6 items and the total value was about $66.

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Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip & Cheek Rouge $30 value.
Now $30 seems like high price tag for this little guy, but I’ll go with it. This is a lip and cheek balm that is pigmented with flowers and minerals. I received the color Baccara Rose. I do really like this color as a lip product, and when layered you can get a really pretty metallic shade. It isn’t really a color I would wear on the cheeks, since it is so shimmery.

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Enfusia Bath Bomb $1.50 value.
This bath bomb is made with a blend of essential oils, like spearmint and peppermint, that is made to relieve sore muscles. It is handmade in the USA, and smells amazing. This was a unique and great thing to receive, and I would definitely purchase these in the future.

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Clarisea Exfoliant Mask $5 value.
I own a couple of Clarisea products that I really love. One of my favorite products in the charcoal exfoliant, so it was cool to get this mask to try. I prefer powder masks because you can totally customize it. This mask has been great for my trouble areas, and works great as a spot treatment as well. This mask is also 100% natural. Clarisea was the first brand that introduced me to sea salt in skincare, and it has truly been a game changer.

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Stinkbug Naturals Cream Deodorant $2.99 value.
I was really excited to receive this sample! I love trying deodorants and it can be hard to find good natural ones that work. I love this stuff. The smell is nice and earthy and it really works. This does contain baking soda, but I don’t find that it is irritating. Sometimes I think it is less of the baking soda that irritates people and more so the formulation with it. Anyway, I loved this stuff so much that I bought the full size!

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Goddess Garden Organics Bright Eyes Eye Firming Serum $17.99 value.
I was really excited to receive an eye serum and to try this brand because I have heard great things! This has no harsh chemicals and smells really fresh and clean. A little truly goes a long way. My eye area is the one area of my face that gets dry and shows signs of aging, and this does a great job of keeping me moisturized. I layer this with my Derma E vitamin A eye cream and they make a great team. I cannot say if this alone has reduced the look of fine lines since I do use another eye product as well, but I have been enjoying my results. I will definitely be buying from this brand in the future.

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Briogeo Leave-in Conditioning spray 9 value.
I love trying new hair products. I have naturally curly and frizzy hair so a conditioning spray is just what I need! I have seen this brand online at Sephora, so I was glad to give it a try. This spray smells really good and has a pretty fine mist to it. I have been applying this to my damp hair and styling as usual and my hair loves it! It has argan oil in it, which usually works well for my texture so I am not surprised. Can’t wait to try more from this brand.

Overall I am very happy with this months box. I love the variety of products, and I ended up really happy with most of the items. The only thing that probably won’t get much use is the lip & cheek rouge, and that is only because I won’t use it on my cheeks and own so many similar lip colors.

You can sign up for Vegan Cuts Beauty Box here!

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MO

Best Date Night/ Valentines Day Lip Colors – Cruelty Free & Vegan

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These are my favorite lip colors for Valentines Day or any date night! All of the formulas are tested and loved. Brands are cruelty free and shades are vegan.

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Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw 
I love the wear time of Kvd liquid lipsticks, and this is a top favorite shade of mine. This is a powerful true red that somehow seamlessly fills the lips and really gives that va-va voom factor.

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Outlaw, Mother. Swatches before dried down matte.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Mother 
I couldn’t make this list without putting two of these in! (Sorry, not sorry). Like I said before, the wear time and comfort-ability of these are great! This pink packs a punch and keeps it girly, with just a touch of sass.

You can find Kat Von D liquid lipsticks for $20 at Sephora, online here and here.

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Juice Beauty Luminous Lip Crayon in Malibu
Juice Beauty is one of my favorite brands, and they have great organic skincare and makeup. This color is a beautiful wearable light pink with a slight shimmer. It gives off that my lips but better vibe, and feels so soft on the lips. This is super moisturizing and does not settle in lines.
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Malibu

You can find Juice Beauty lip crayons for $22 at Ulta, online here and here

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Red Apple Lipstick in Rebel
Red Apple is the brand to choose if you are looking for high quality, allergen free, comfortable lipsticks. This shade is a blue based red that is perfect if you don’t like the matte lipstick trend, or if you’re shy to red lipstick. I love to apply this shade and then blot it with a tissue – it gives a great stain to the lip!

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Bottom: Rebel, Top: Oh My Guava.

Red Apple Lipstick in Oh My Guava
Like I said, these lipsticks are luxurious and are perfect if you are not into the matte trend. These are also number one if you are a non toxic beauty lover. This is a beautiful pink shade that leaves just enough color on the lips and doesn’t look too over powering.

You can find Red Apple lipsticks for $24 online here

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Soft Lilac
This shade is super unique and adds a really feminine touch to any makeup look. This is a matte pinkish lilac and it can last through a date. The doe foot applicator makes it easy to apply.

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Soft Lilac. Swatch before dried down completely matte.

You can find Anastasia Beverly Hills lipsticks for $20 at Macy’s, Sephora, Ulta, online here. Not all shades are vegan. 

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Ofra Metallic Liquid Lipstick in Versailles
Ofra makes some of the most comfortable liquid lipsticks, and they also smell great. These are not transfer proof, but last a long time. This shade is a beautiful metallic rose gold that can be worn alone or worn as a topper! This would be great for a date out to a bar, club, or concert.

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Versailles.

You can find Ofra liquid lipsticks online here. These are $2o, but there are endless 30% off codes online. I usually use ‘vgnbty30’. 

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Black Moon Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Mourning
Black Moon has my favorite liquid lipstick formula. They recently reformulated and the newest formula is ultra comfortable and lasts forever without getting flakey. This color in particular is my ride or die and is the perfect pink nude. If you like a matte lip, and don’t want to go too bold, this is for you.

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Mourning.

You can find Black Moon liquid lipsticks for $18 online here.

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Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Rose Matter
This formula isn’t my ultimate favorite, but this color is amazing and I have not found a perfect dupe for it. This shade is a matte neutral coral pink and it is beautiful, especially on medium to dark skin tones. This is a long lasting lightweight formula, just make sure your lips are exfoliated before application so that you don’t get dry looking lips.

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Rose Matter. Swatched before completely dried down matte.

You can find Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks for $18 online here.

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Colourpop Lippie Stix in Brink
Colourpop is super affordable, and their lippie stix are some of the best traditional lipsticks. This shade is what I would describe as demi matte. This terracotta rose melts into the lips and compliments any style of makeup.

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Brink.

You can find Coloupop lipsticks for only $5 online here.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Dainty
If you are more of a gloss girl, or are just looking for the perfect peachy pink gloss topper, look no further than this Anastasia gloss. This is a soft color that can be blended out and it is not too sticky or tacky.

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Dainty.

You can find this gloss for $16 at Macys, Sephora, Ulta, online here.

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Necromancy Cosmetica Matte Lipstick in Mugwort
This shade is for the more non traditional. I love the formula of these matte traditional style lipsticks and they last a surprisingly long time. This muted magenta can be layered to get more intense color and looks so different but so good on different skin tones.

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Mugwort.

You can find Necromancy Cosmetica online here.

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MO