Friday, July 18, 2014

Set Sail: July Petit Vour

*PR Sample

The July Petit Vour* subscription box's theme is set sail and is curated by vegan lifestyle blogger Logical Harmony.




Out of the 4 brands included in this box, I've tried 2 before and they are great products!  I'm happy to have them again.  I look forward to trying out the new to me brands.



Let's get to it!

LVX 5 free nail lacquer in Lolli $16 (full size).  With this product Petit Vour has already exceeded the cost of the box ($15).  I'm a fan of LVX.  I already have one of their nail polishes in my collection.  Lolli is a pretty pastel pink that I think most would love to have in their nail polish collections.

LVX in Lolli


Modern Minerals Mineral Eye Shadow $12.50 (full size).  Now, I'm really impressed with this month's offering.  Another full size product!  This is my first introduction to this brand.  1.7 oz of product for $12.50!  That's a lot of bang for your buck!  I received the shade Sakura which I cannot find listed on their site.  It's a light lavender purple shimmer shade.

Modern Minerals in Sakura 


Pelle Beauty Luxe Face Oil $68 for full size (30 ml) .  1/8 oz sample size included.  I'm in the camp that you can never have enough facial oils so another sample is most welcomed!  Pella Beauty is a new to me brand.

Schmidt's Natural Deodorant $9  for full size.  .5 oz included sample size included.  I've tried and reviewed Schmidt's deodorant before read here.  It is one of the strongest formulas out there.  It's also the hardest formulas that is sold in a jar that I've ever used and the full size is sold with a small spatula to aid in removing it from the container.  For those of you experiencing Schmidt's for the first time, I really wish they would have included the small spatula for you.

What did you think of the July box?  I'm really loving the mix of products this month.  Petit Vour is feeding my nail polish addiction, introducing me to a new makeup brand, taking care of my skin, and body!

Have you subscribed yet?  If you are receiving this box what did you get?

Petit Vour generously sent me this vegan beauty box.  As always my opinions are my own.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

My twist on the Meow Meow Tweet Face Exfoliant

When I ordered from Pemberley Jones she included several samples from Meow Meow Tweet.  While I've been enjoying using the samples she sent me, I'm a bit of a rebel when it comes to directions sometimes and wanted to share with you my favorite way to use the Meow Meow Tweet Face Exfoliant.



Okay, here are the original instructions:

To use, shake a small amount into your hand, add water and mix to form a paste. Gently massage face and neck, rinse after 1 to 2 minutes. We recommend a tonic spritz and a few drops of face oil afterward.

Here is my alternative "rebel" instructions based off of another beauty item that I've used.  Guess what, my normal-to-dry skin loves it.

Instead of mixing with water mix with the Meow Meow Tweet Face Oil or your favorite single oil that is great for your face like jojoba oil, marula oil, or argan oil.  The exfoliating/massaging experience is just so soothing when you you add oil to the mix.  I'll admit I prefer to use the MMT face oil due to the sensory experience.  It's just so enjoyable and I end up with a very smooth face!  Rinse with water and you'll be left with an oil residue.  Now I just cleanse, tone, and moisturize as normal.

So are you a beauty rebel?

And by the way, using "as instructed" is very nice too.  I just wanted to share an alternative way.






Monday, July 7, 2014

Eco Diva Beauty Haul & Review One Love Organics & RGB Cosmetics

Why I ordered from Eco Diva Beauty?  I wanted to try out the brand One Love Organics and especially wanted to order products from their limited edition Summer Skin Line.  In edition to One Love Organics I also was going to continue feeding my nail polish addiction by purchasing more RGB nail polishes and Eco Diva stocks two shades I wanted that other shops did not.  I also received great customer service prior to and during my order.









What I ordered:



One Love Organics - Apple a Day Brightening Facial Cleanser $29.  From the limited edition Summer Skin Line.  I have to say out of the 3 items I purchased from the limited edition line this is the only item that has not knocked my socks off.  I do not find that it removes makeup very well.  Maybe it's too gentle!  I've shifted my main use of this foaming cleanser to to the morning.  Also, for those who like an all in one cleanser to remove all your makeup take note: the directions state not to use in your eye area.  This product would be fine as your second step in your double cleansing at night.  I have been double cleansing quite a bit as of late.  As it stands I'm not a huge fan of the foaming cleanser. 

One Love Organics - Pretty Pores Complexion Toning Mist $28.  I've been on a toner buying spree.  This toner has been a very pleasant experience.  It has a light scent of grapefruits and smells like summer!  Perfect to take you through the hot months.  Also small enough to carry in your bag and use as a refresher though out the day.  My normal-to-dry skin has been enjoying this as it is gentle enough for me to use every day.  I use after cleansing and prior to my facial oils.  

One Love Organics - Gardenia Daily Body Serum $39.  My absolute favorite of the limited edition line.  If they were only to keep one, please One Love Organics... keep THIS ONE.  If you like the scent of gardenias, then go buy this now before they sell out.  My mother used to grow gardenias in her garden when I lived at home in the Deep South.  I purchased this body serum/body oil mainly because of the scent.  The moment I applied it for the first time I was taken down nostalgia lane to my mother's garden.  I have no idea how they made the scent so perfect, but they did.  Bonus, the serum is very hydrating and gentle.  This is the "soul of the South" captured in a glass bottle.  Tip: body oils are best applied to wet skin! 



One Love Organics Travel Kit $50.  Since One Love Organics is a relatively new brand to me, I decided to pick up the travel kit to try out more of their skin care.  I also realized while I was traveling that if I had more travel kits packing would have been easier and maybe I would have packed less (keep dreaming as we all know I'm a product junkie).  



RGB 5 Free Nail Polish - Monarch $18.  This bright orange color was an effort to dupe Chanel's Holiday as seen in the June 2014 edition of In Style Magazine on page 34.  Even if it's a dupe or not, it's totally fantastic in it's own right.  Let's be honest, the odds of me getting to compare the shades in person are slim-to-none as the closest store that stocks Chanel's nail polishes is over 8 hours away and I'm not driving just to match a nail polish.

RGB 5 Free Nail Polish - Haze $18.  What's a nail polish hoarder to do? Yes, pick up not one, but two polishes in one order.  Don't shoot me, but I'm already thinking fall with this shade.  Don't worry I'm a rule breaker when it comes to color so you'll be sure to find me wearing this no matter the season.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Goodebox + #ANFGB Deluxe Beauty Box





I was fortunate enough to snag one of the A Night for Green Beauty Deluxe Beauty Boxes that went on sale on June 16th.  Proceeds from the sale of these limited release Goodebox go to the charity Baby2Baby.

Let me tell you, I was on Twitter acting like a woman unhinged asking for a direct link.  I'd like to thank Indie Lee again for her assistance.

Here is what I received for $110 in this exclusive box (all full size items):

1. May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon $160 1.69 oz/50 ml

2. Sheswai Nail Lacquer $16 in So Cute 0.5 oz /15 ml

3. Zoe Organics Cream $18 2 oz/60 ml

4. One Love Organics Skin Savior $68 3.5 oz/105 ml

5. Gressa Rejuvenating Mist $31 1.7 oz/50 ml

6. Josh Rosebrook Firm Hold Hairspray $28 8 oz/240 ml

7. Alima Pure Natural Mascara $22 .28 oz / 8g

Total retail value of box $343

All brands in this box are cruelty free!

I think this is a wonderful thing that they are doing and hope they would offer something like this again... maybe around the holidays?

I look forward to using these products.  All are new to me with the exception of the Alima Pure mascara.  Have you tried any of these products?  Have you purchased any of the A Night For Green Beauty Deluxe Boxes?

The last box goes up for sale on July 14.  Sign up for your chance to snag one here



Saturday, July 5, 2014

June 2014 Empties

PR Sample*

I know I acquired a lot more than I used up in June (more hauls to come), but I still did put a bit of a dent in my stash of goodies.



What my kids used up:

Desert Essence Organics Lemon Tea Tree Shampoo.  My son's pick.  It's a clarifying shampoo for oily hair.  He really wanted the lemon scent even though I told him that it was not for his hair type.  Lesson learned and he wants me to purchase the Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo next time.  His brand of choice so far is Desert Essence.

Zabana Essentials Fizzy Bath Bomb in Blood Orange.  My daughter used this.  What fun!  You can see us dropping the bath bomb into the water on Instagram.  These are an every now and again treat.

Giovanni 3 in One Tropical Medley.  My daughter mainly used this.  When your soap crazy daughter takes months and months to finish a product you know it's not a keeper.  Will not repurchase.

What I used up: 

Osmia Organics Zucca Spice Soap.  This limited edition soap from Osmia is one of my most favorites EVER.  I still have one bar stashed away in my soap box.  You can't buy it now so don't even bother trying.  You had to stock up my pretties.  Precious, my precious.

Sellwood Soap Lotion Bar.  I used this up as my night hand cream.  Clean and simple ingredients that work.  I reused a glass jar to keep mine clean.  Reuse folks! Totally would repurchase, but currently have my eyes on the Coconut, Shea Butter & Beeswax Hand Balm for Adult and Baby.

Wonderment Gardens Calendula Hand Cream.  A great local brand that is not too far from where I live.  A nice light weight hand cream that my skin drank up.  When I see her next I'm going to repurchase in the larger size.  (And yes, I know I mispronounced  Calendula on my YouTube video... I will learn how to say it correctly one day.)

dōTERRA Lemon essential oil.  Nice clean scent to mix with other citrus oils to make for a cheerful blend.  I have more lemon essential oil on hand from another company so I will not be repurchasing.

Zabana Essentials Fizzy Bath Bomb in Jasmine Vanilla.  Love it! Already have extras.  I have found my clean replacement for Lush!  This bath bomb was so relaxing and was just packed with little jasmine flowers.  I felt very pampered to be bathing with all of those flowers.  My helpful and lazy bath clean up tip: let them dry up and wipe out your tub the next day.  Easy.

Hip E Chick Winter Wonderland Soy Candle from my December Goodebox.  I really enjoyed it and this smaller travel size candle did seem to last for quite a bit.  Unsure if I would buy from Hip E Chick though.  

Samples:

Meow Meow Tweet Tea Tree Eucalyptus & Charcoal Soap*. Oh my heavens, I love the way this soap smells!  You can use this as a facial bar or as a body soap.  I used it as a body soap due to it's exfoliating properties.  Love, love, love... I'd buy a full size now, but my soap box is FULL.  That's my sign to stop.  It's on my Pinterest Wish List.

Pangea Organics Eye Cream.  It was a nice enough eye cream, but it didn't knock my socks off.  For $60 for the full size it needed to do that.

Abandon Ship:

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque.  Why? Why do I do this to myself?  With very little exception I just need to not buy personal care products from mainstream stores at all. Full Stop.  This did nothing for my color-treated hair.  I think it may have dried out my hair!  My daily conditioner was better than this.  And the scent! ICK.  I've even given up trying to reuse it as a shaving cream because the scent is just not okay for me.  Pass.

Have you or your family use any of the products I mentioned?  


Thursday, July 3, 2014

May & June 2014 Green Beauty Favorites

*PR Samples

Whirlwind.  That is what the last few months have been.  I wouldn't change a thing.  Long post folks as it's been a while since I did a favorites.





Makeup Favorites



Bite Beauty Lipstick in Centifolia.  I've finally found my go-to coral lipstick, of course it's limited edition!  Bite Beauty describes this a "muted peach" on this fair complected woman there is nothing muted about this shade.

Acure Organics Lip Lush in Date Worthy*.  The most pigmented of the new Lip Lushes and a nice neutral shade.  I'm crushing hard for these glosses, but since I'm picking favorites this one is it right now.

RMS lip2cheek in Modest.  I've been wearing this berry pink color more days than not.  So creamy, but stays put on my skin.  Blendable even over mineral powder foundation.

W3LL PEOPLE Narcissist Foundation + Concealer No. 2.  When I first received this as a sample I had a bit of a time figuring out how to make it work for me.  Now I know my skin was under moisturized/hydrated at the time.  Now that my skin is balanced (thanks to toner & facial oils) this stick foundation (I mainly use as a concealer) is knocking my socks off.  

W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara. OMG. Love this mascara so much.  So easy to apply and makes my lashes look great.  Received as a gift with purchase from Integrity Botanicals.  So glad I didn't save this one for a rainy day.

Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Eye Shadow in Oyster/Supernova. I've most likely mentioned this product before.  I love it.  It's my go-to eye shadow for a neutral look.  So easy to work with and blend.  

Body Care



Organic Bath Co. Stress Less Body Oil*.  I took a few trips over the past several weeks and did not have the space to take this lovely product with me.  I missed it.  That's how you know it's a favorite.  I've enjoyed everything from the Stress Less line.  If you love lavender this is your line.  I find the oil very hydrating without being greasy as it absorbs nicely into the skin.  Great aromatherapy benefits as well especially if used in the evening.  I also love that it comes in a spray pump.  Makes application easy.  Remember body oils are best applied to wet skin so dry only the parts of you that you don't plan on applying the body oil too.  

Acure Organics Tropical Citrus Argan Oil Castile Soap*.  Yes, a non-drying castile soap.  Yes, I'm using it as a body wash and I have not turned into the crypt keeper.  You guys and gals know I have the tendency to have dry skin at any opportunity and this castile soap has not dried out my skin.  Sing praises!  Also has been fantastic in my foaming soap recipe.  Love.  When I run out of all three bottles, don't be surprised to see me hauling more of them.

Blissoma Stress Relief Serum.  Dare I say my most favorite item of both months?  Bless you Julie Longyear.  If you suffer from headaches or migraines buy this.  It has not cured me of my migraines but it has helped with my side effects (nausea) and simply takes the edge off and helps me manage life so much more when I use the Stress Relief serum.  I must buy more to make them more convenient to access.  I've also used it when I find myself just getting agitated for whatever the ridiculous reason and it helps calm me.  

Skincare



Corpa Flora Discovery Set*.  Even with my dry skin, I had never tried oil cleansing before.  Most of what I had seen on the internet was a lot of DIY and/or I was just too timid to try it.  Well, fortunately for me Lisa from Glam Goes Green sent me the Discovery Set from Corpa Flora.  Hello Canada!  If you all could have been a fly on the wall when I realized how easy this was and how well it removed all of my makeup.  I used this set for around two weeks and my skin was so soft, so hydrated, and so smooth...  I'm an oil cleansing convert.  This would have saved me so much trouble over this past winter!  Even if I do not commit 100% the entire regimen, the Corpa Flora Beaute Divine Face Wash melts off eye makeup so well that it is worth it to get just for that alone.  When you mix the Beaute Divine together with Corpa Flora Rock’n Rose for your facial exfoliator, you get the most gentle but effective face scrub.  I even made my husband touch my face after using the Rock' n Rose it was so soft I had to share this product with someone! Side note: I still have plenty of product left as this is a 21 day supply, but I could see this lasting me another few weeks at least.

Blissoma Intense Hydration Tonique.  The one thing I will not do without any more is toner.  I've become somewhat of a toner collector as of late and during that spending spree I purchased one from Blissoma.  This is so gentle but effective and I just feel relaxed using it.  I'm such a high strung and twitchy person so for anything that can relax me and have another benefit I want to sing it's praises from the rooftops.  Too bad I can't sing nor can I climb.  This never dries out my skin and it helps my facial oils absorb when I apply them.  From time to time I also use as a face/body refresher in the high heat of the day.  

Olie Biologique Huile Moderne 004.  This is my facial oil of choice for the A.M.  Yes, I fully realize I could use the the same facial oil in A.M. and the P.M. but this gal loves options and I have way too many loves in the facial oil department.  I've found that Olie 004 works best for me in the A.M. due to it's fast absorption and it works well with my makeup routine.  Plus I'm a sucker for Bergamot & Frankincense and this has both!  This is a great oil for me to use in the warmer months.  

Organic Bath Co. Enhance Face Oil*.  This is my facial oil of choice for the P.M. (recommended for day or night). Something about Organic Bath Co. Enhance Face Oil is just calming and relaxing for me.  This product has not yet been released but a few of us green bloggers have had the pleasure of taking it out for a spin.  Even when I wake up in the morning my skin is still glowing and hydrated.  That takes a lot for a gal of a certain age.  I have taken a break from all night creams since the months have turned warmer and since I started using Enhance.  Now available for purchase!  
Enhance Face Oil Ingredients:
Passionfruit Face Oil
Blackberry Seed Oil
Organic Cranberry Seed Oil
Acai Berry Oil
Oranic Red Raspberry Oil
Organic Rosehip Seed Oil
Organic Pomegranate Seed Oil
Watermelon Seed Oil
Organic Sachi Inchi Oil
Organic Jasmine Essential Oil 

(if sensitive to scents you will be able to request for the Enhance Face Oil to be unscented)

*This post contains PR samples.  As always my opinions are my own.










Saturday, June 28, 2014

Petit Vour. Vegan Beauty Subscription Box.

*PR Sample

Ah, subscription boxes... I've missed you.  I've been longing at a few of you from afar, but alas I sat on the sidelines.  But you did not wait for me, thankfully.

Petit Vour* contacted me and asked if I'd like to receive and review their June box.  Heck yeah!  I've only been stalking them on Instagram and had them pinned on Pinterest for a while, but no biggie.

1st the info you need on the subscription service:
Petit Vour is a vegan beauty service
It cost $15/month USA.  $23/month Canada.
No Animal Testing.  Cruelty Free!
No parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, sulfates, and so much more.

June's box is themed "Bon Voyage.  Away We Go: the travel collection"


EVOLVh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner (travel sized 2.5 oz each)  Retail if purchased separate $17.  If purchased together $15.

NCLA 5 free Luxury Nail Lacquer in Let's Stay Forever $16 (was sent full size) Here I am taking this color for a spin on Instagram.

Mun No. 1 Aknari (Sample is 1 ml.)  Full size retails for $95.  To read a review on Mun, go to The Green Product Junkie.

Tay Rosehip Balancing Cleanser with Seabuckthorn (sample size not given) Full size retails for $35.

For my thoughts, first impressions, and some quick reviews I've filmed a YouTube video for you.  Enjoy!  Spoiler alert: Petit Vour is a keeper.



Petit Vour generously sent me this vegan beauty box.  As always my opinions are my own.