I love small businesses. When you buy from small businesses, you tend to get more personalized service, and I find that their products are often hand crafted and in small batches. You really notice the attention to detail more. Not that big companies aren't good, of course they are, that's why they're big companies. But, it's nice to give your money to a small company trying to make it. So, while I was browsing through Instagram looking for some new cruelty free and vegan brands, I stumbled upon The Fanciful Fox.
They are a small company based out of Brooklyn NY. They offer a variety of skin care products like lip balms, soaps, scrubs, shampoos, conditioners, moisterizers, and even soy wax candles. I have tried a few things from them, but I look forward to trying more. Today, I'm going to focus on their Hand Crafted Skin Repair Salve Overnight Skin Therapy for Dry Eczema-Esque Skin.
I have tried about 84738472 things for my eczema and most times it doesn't do much. I try to avoid things like corticosteriods and actual medicine because I don't want to put those kind of chemicals in or on my body. So, when I saw this salve I figured I would give it a try. It contains a luxe blend of plant oils and butters.
The ingredients are: organic olive oil, organic jojoba oil, grape seed oil, organic and fair trade cocoa butter, candelilla wax, and organic coconut oil. Based off those ingredients I knew it would be not only good for my eczema, but also would be non-irritating on my eczema patches, which are irritated already. These ingredients are truly moisterizing and good for your skin. No harsh chemicals or irritants. I loved that it was all natural and mostly organic. I was sold. I ordered it and anxiously awaited its arrival.
Once I received it, I used it right away on my naturally drier areas, like my elbows and my knees and my feet, and on my poor super dry hands. It doesn't have much of a smell, but you get the slighest scent of cocoa butter, but like that real cocoa butter smell since there's no fragrance or perfumes in it, you smell authentic cocoa. It's not strong at all, it's barely noticeable. The texture is thick, kind of like Vaseline but slightly thicker, but it melts naturally with the warmth of your skin, so it goes on easy and absorbs easy. It takes a little while to fully absorb into your skin, so you want to make sure when you apply it you don't have to do much for a bit while it absorbs. Once it absorbs fully, your skin feels nice and smooth. I apply it to my hands at night, especially in the colder month when they're really beat, and when I wake up my hands feel smooth. Both in the summer and winter, I apply it to my feet to avoid any dryness or cracking. And whenever you feel like you need a little something more than lotion, apply it there.
Even though the jars are only 2 oz., a little of this goes a long way so you can make it last, depending on how often and where you use it. The jars are made of glass, which it great because you can totally reuse or repurpose them! The best part of all of everything? It only costs $8! So, if you're looking for cost effective, you found it. You can find this on their website, and also VeganCuts sells some of their products.
Hope you enjoy!
Ever since receiving Harvey Price Hello in my VeganCuts Box this month, I've been obsessed with wanting to try more scents. I've been on their website constantly checking out all of their fantabulous scents. From the descriptions, they have scents for everyone. The young at heart, free spirited, sultry ladies, lavender lovers, vanilla lovers, and everyone in between. I tend to gravitate towards anything with vanilla. Vanilla is my most favorite scent ever. I can't get enough vanilla. But, I'm trying to be more bold and adventurous with my scents. I'm slowly but surely branching out from my usual scents, and I'm loving it! Of course, vanilla will forever be my favorite. But variety is the spice of life right?
So I went through and read all of the different descriptions of their scents.They have a vanilla one that caught my eye, but I said NO! And, I kept looking until I came across a scent called Temptress, the scent that "flirts for you." Now, I'm getting married, so I don't care about that flirting stuff. But, when I was reading the description one of the notes in this perfume caught my eye: pumpkin pie! First, I have never seen before pumpkin in perfume. Second, I love pumpkin anything. Pumpkin in perfume screams fall to me, and I am a fall girl through and through. I was still a little hesitant because while it has pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg and ambers listed in their notes, they were pairing these sultry spicy scents with lavender, citrus, ylang ylang, freesia, and jasmine. Pumpkin pie and lavender..? All these spicy scents mixed with floral scents and citrus..? This would either be really good or really bad. But, being the pumpkin lover I am, I just had to try it.
There are 3 different ones to choose from: an 8.8ml mini roller which I chose that's $21, a. 8.8ml tall spray which is $26 (for the record, charging $5 more for a spray vs roller of the same size is crazy), and a 50ml spray for $55. When I received it, despite knowing the size, it seemed much smaller than I had pictured in my head. Also, I wish I had gotten the spray. I feel like you smell the fragrance more when you spray it because it gets all over, versus just the spots you use the roller on, so I feel like it makes more of a presence.
As for the scent: I really love it. It's not at all what I expected or honestly hoped it would be, but I think it's a really beautiful scent. It's also a familiar scent but I can't quite put my finger on it. Harvey Prince described the scent style as: seductive, sparkling, and wicked. I think that's a pretty good description. The spiciness actually layers well with the floral scents, however, the floral notes absolutely overpower the spicy notes. That's the only thing that disappoints me. In general, I steer clear from floral scented anything because I find them to smell fake, and also like an old lady would smell lol. Honestly, the florals in this are actually really pleasant. I think the spicy are the reason for that. The citrus is completely lost in this perfume. Also, I was so jazzed up for pumpkin pie, and I don't smell pumpkin pie at all.
It also has pretty good staying power. One of the places I apply this is on my wrists in the morning before I go to work. And when I leave work, if I smell my wrists, I can still smell the scent linger. Randomly throughout the day, I get little whiffs of it when I move. It's a strong scent, so I'm glad that it lasts but isn't overpowering. I think it would be too much in a large dose.
I can't really claim that it flirts for me, because I made my fiance smelled it and I asked his opinion on how it smelled, and what he thought or felt when he smelled it, and his response: it smells like perfume lol. Pumpkin and lavender, according to their website, it supposed to evoke more passion in men than any other scent. For my fiance at least, it was indifferent.
The packaging is also really elegant. Sturdy glass bottles, and the color of the bottle I feel matches the scent. It comes in a Harvey Prince perfume box, which makes it easy to wrap as a gift, or to put in a little gift bag with some tissue paper. Overall, this scent was a pleasant surprise, and I plan on repurchasing once this is empty.
You can find this and many other wonderful scents on Harvey Prince's website. I absolutely suggest signing up for emails because every other day I get a coupon code for xyz% off plus free shipping and sometimes plus a free sampler. Usually you have to spend like $30-$50 for the code to work which isn't hard to do considering the prices. The coupon codes makes it worth it to make the purchase, otherwise I feel like the prices can be high. They also have sampler sets for perfume, as well as their other beauty products, for $1+ so it's super easy and affordable to try before you buy. The perfume scents vary, so you may not be able to try all of them. Also, the samples aren't part of the amount you need to spend for the coupon codes, so just be mindful of that as you shop.
I am always on the lookout for new brands of vegan perfume. If you have any brands you love that you recommend, let's hear them!
I don't often wear eyeshadow. Most mornings I barely have time for makeup let alone eyeshadow and all that fancy pantsness. But, sometimes I'm feeling fancy and on those days, I like to wear a little eyeshadow. And, on days I'm really feeling fancy, I like to put a pop of pink on my eyes. Pink isn't one of my usual colors that I wear on my eyes. Typically, it's neutrals and purples that I wear on my eyes. I have one go to pink eyeshadow, and it's one of my favorites: Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow in Birthday Girl Pink.
This cruelty free vegan eyeshadow is so pretty and so fun! It's like a bubblegum pink with silver shimmer.
I swatched it on my forearm in natural light (left), and then in the actual direct sunlight (right), as you can see below:
Sugarpill is an awesome brand. While not 100% vegan (some of their colors contain carmine), they are totally cruelty free. Their eyeshadows are highly pigmented and last awhile, even without eyeshadow primer, which I seldom use. You get a lot of bang for your buck too. They're not super cheap, but they're a good quality and a good value. Each jar is 4g, which doesn't seem like a lot, but look at the size of the jar itself:
You get a decent amount and because it's highly pigmented, you don't need a lot to get the look you want to achieve. Unless you want to look like Mimi from The Drew Carey Show lol. Also, they also have such fun and bright colors. Pastels and bold neons, blues, greens, purples, silver, gold, etc. They're a super kawaii company, which is right up my alley. I absolutely recommend trying out their products. With all the colors they have to choose from, you're bound to find one you like.
If you're interested in purchasing this, or any of their other wonderful products, you can find them online on Sugarpill's website. This color retails for $13, and most of the other loose eyeshadows do as well but there is a gold shade that retails for $14. What I really love about their website is that they have a section for only vegan products, which takes the guess work out of each product. If loose eyeshadows aren't your thing, they also have pressed eyeshadows, which I prefer myself because I feel like they're less messy. And, they just released super glittery and fun nail polishes that I am itching to try. They're $13 a bottle which is a little much for me right now, but hopefully one day I can pick up one or two so I can review them for you.
Have you ever tried SugarPill's products?
First, let me state that I do not use liquid foundation, and haven't in many years. I use powder foundation, and have since I was 19 and my aunt bought me the BareMinerals starter kit for my birthday. I no longer use BareMinerals, and have used about a bagillion other brands since then. But, powder foundation is my go to.
Liquid foundation and I are not friends. Really, so far, no foundation and I are friends. I have yet to find one that wows me; powder or otherwise. I want to love foundation, because my face hates me and has a mind of it's own and it breaks out or it gets red and it's blotchy and uneven and it doesn't matter what I use or don't use, nothing really works. To be fair, I don't have the time or patience to use 85 products on my face to make it look perfect. I have sleep that I want, cats to feed, cat litter to clean, lunches to pack, and about 9 million other things to do before I go to work in the morning. Not to mention, 85 products would make my sensitive acne prone skin go cray cray, so I keep it simple. But, I wanted to love my foundation so much that I decided it's time to be daring.
Considering all of this, I decided (begrudgingly) to be bold and give liquid foundation another shot. I have heard so many good things about Too Faced new liquid foundation Born This Way. I currently use their Cocoa Powder foundation, and I like it. From the reviews I read, it's buildable coverage that looks natural, and it covers all sorts of imperfections well, erasing the need for concealer. It supposed to allow your skin to breathe while still providing the coverage that you want. It also contains good for you ingredients like coconut water, and is oil free. So, I said, let's give this a shot.
To be fair, I did not purchase this. The bottle is $39, and I can't justify spending that kind of money on something that I may or may not like. I know I can return it, but I don't have time to run back to the store and return it, and I don't have money towait for the money to go back in my account. So, I spoke to the super nice lady at Ulta and she said unfortunately they don't offer samples (which is kind of crazy because Sephora does), but she would apply it to my face so I can wear it the remainder of my night and see how I felt about it.
She used a makeup sponge to apply the foundation. Essentially, I have no clue how to apply liquid foundation. So I paid attention. Basically she put foundation on the sponge,and just patted the sponge on my face, and pressed a little harder on blemishes and red spot to give a little more coverage. Next, she applied some bronzer to my forehead and temples using Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer ($30), which I myself already use and love. Then, she applied Too Faced Love Flush 16-Hour Long Wear Blush in I Will Always Love You ($26) to the apples of my cheeks. This is a corally shade, which was really natural looking on me. I was really fond of that because it's so hard to find a shade of blush on me that looks natural. It was a little sparkley for my liking, however the color was really pretty and it seemed that I didn't need much to get a rich color pay off. She didn't use any setting powder or anything, and I didn't apply any myself when I got home. Lastly, she applied some Melted Chihuaua ($21) on my lips. Here's the final untouched finish result:
I have pros and cons from just my one experience with this foundation. I'll start with the pros:
1) The coverage was pretty good. I'm having a face freak out right now, and while I could still see my imperfections, it did cover well.
2) She was able to shade match me pretty perfectly which is pretty shocking because I have the hardest shade of skin to match. To be fair, I have been tanning so my face is darker than usual. MY tan face is easier to match than my pale face, but still, pretty difficult to match overall. So, I'm still impressed.
3) From a distance, my face looked like a porcelain doll. Like, I felt pretty, which doesn't happen often.
4) It's a vegan formula, which is always a plus!
1) Close up, my pores looked huge and so noticable. I hated it.
2) I felt like I was wearing a face. My face felt so heavy. Like it couldn't breath. This could be that I'm used to powder foundation. But, I wanted to mention it.
3) I felt like my face wasn't ever fully dry.
4) I rubbed my forehead and my finger was covered in foundation, so alone without powder, it's apparent it doesn't have much staying power.
5) After like an hour, my face was shiny. Finishing powder might have helped, but I can't attest to that considering I didn't use any.
6) My face broke out a little bit the following day. It could be totally unrelated. But, I felt it was worth mentioning.
7) It's $39 per bottle. That's just crazy. If it doesn't prime, cover, and finish all in one bottle, no foundation should cost that much, in my opinion.
Would I purchase this? No way. Truthfully, I don't think I would purchase any liquid foundation. I've concluded liquid foundation is just not for me. I concluded this awhile ago, but trying this just reinforced this. Would I like to use this for special occasions? Absolutely, as long as I had some type of finishing powder. I think the finishing powder might make a difference. I think for my wedding this would be a good idea. In pictures, I feel like it would make my face look beautiful and flawless. But to wear this much on your face every day; it seems like too much work and it seems like too much on your skin. I'm sure it doesn't clog normal people's pores, but I know it would clog mine. I washed my face twice trying to get it all off because it still felt like I felt it in my pores after my first wash. Overall, I think it's good for special occasions, or someone who likes that kind of coverage or feeling on their face. But for me, I'm going to keep going on the search for my perfect powder foundation.
Have you ever used this foundation? What are your thoughts?
The first thing I hear when I tell people I'm a vegan is, "what do you eat?" There's a common misconception in people's minds that all vegans do is eat fruits and veggies and we're starved and and deprived and hungry all the time. There are raw vegans who only eat not cooked and processed foods, henceforth the term raw. And those vegans are happy and healthy too! I won't say all vegans are healthy, because just like with anyone, if you don't eat properly, you deprive yourself of necessary nutriets that your body needs to flourish. You have to eat a balanced diet, but you don't need meat or dairy to have a balanced diet. Spinach has more iron than meat! Bet you didn't see that one coming. And that kale has more calcium than milk. The meat and dairy industry has been blinding people for years into thinking they need to eat these things to be healthy when in fact it's the polar opposite. People are like "oh I could never be a vegetarian/vegan, I'd die without (insert meat.)" Really, you won't die. But you know who does die, painfully, and often times tortured? The animals. Your bacon had a mom. Your veal was literally separated from it's mother at birth, scared and alone, so that you can have your milk. So I promise, you won't die without meat or dairy. In fact, you will flourish.
As a vegetarian for almost 16 years, and a vegan for over a year, I can honestly say that eating vegan is the best thing I've ever done for my body, my mind, my heart, and my soul. I thought I felt good being a vegetarian, but it's nothing compared to how I feel being a vegan. I eat a variety of foods; fruits, veggies, legumes, vegan marshmallows, faux cheese, snacks, and everything in between.
So what does a typical food shopping trip look like for me?
My food shopping trip is bright, colorful, and fulfilling. You see a variety of fruits both fresh and dried, veggies, The Good Bean Sweet Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas which are amazing, Amy's brand vegan burritos which are delicious, and quinoa which is so good for you as it's full of complete proteins and so versatile. You can add veggies and/or beans and make it your own kinda flavor. You could eat it plain. You could replace your oatmeal and add some maple syrup and cinnamon and start your day off right. You could have a field day and just invent a new meal.
So what about my actual meals?
For the record, let me state that I am super lazy with food. That's why I eat so many fruits and veggies because they just require washing and eating, and I'm good at that. I hate to cook, and when I do, I do it minimally. Like in the form of sauteing veggies and throwing them in quiona lol. I like to eat healthy, and I do pretty well with that. I'm just lazy.
Waffles and berries is some of my most favorite foods ever. The warmth of the waffles, the salt from the butter, the cool texture from the berries, and the mapley goodness from the maple syrup is just delicious. I eat waffles and berries for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Sometimes I eat it for all of my meals, I won't lie. All you need is fresh berries, some Van's vegan waffles, Earth Balance buttery spread, and pure maple syrup. Or, if you can find it, you can add some coconut whip cream instead of the butter and syrup and it's like going out to breakfast at the diner and getting Belgium Waffles but the vegan version so it's better. Unfortunately, I can't find the coconut whip cream anywhere. I'm hoping my food store will start to carry it soon.
Lunch and dinner are interchangeable for me. I eat pretty much the same meals for each. Avocado and tomato sandwiches with a pinch of sea salt and cracked black pepper is my favorite and I have it at least 3x a week. Simple and easy, full of good fat, and super filling. I eat this sandwich for dinner and I'm not hungry the rest of the night. Sometimes, I'll skip the bread and mashed up the avocado and mix in the tomatoes in a bowl and get some blue corn tortilla chips for dipping and just chow down.
McDougall's makes some really awesome quick meals for work lunches or just super lazy dinners, like the Lentil Couscous you see above. They also make a Tortilla Soup, Ramen "Chicken" Noodle, Black Bean, Minestrone, White Bean Pasta, Miso, and "Chicken Noodle" perfect for when you're feeling under the weather. They have lower sodium versions of some of their stuff. I love McDougalls and couldn't recommend them enough. They have fiber and protein, and they're filling. Just be cautious with your salt intake. I'm like a salt junkie, so I try to be mindful of that when I food shop.
Also, I love Beanitos Bean Chips. I need a crunch with my meals, always. These bean chips have the best crunch ever. They have a more savory crunch than your usual corn tortilla chips. Like, you can really taste that they're made out of beans. They're also delicious, and have lots of fiber and protein. Be warned: as they are made with beans, they can cause some (a lot if you're me) belly issues. I ate a whole bag in one sitting once watching TV, and my poor fiance wasn't happy with the end results he had to deal with all night lol. But, they're a good alternative to actual potato chips. I usually dip these in my soup, or break them up into smaller pieces and put them into my soups.
Justin's brand makes amazing almond and hazelnut butter spreads, including a chocolate one that's similar to Nutella if you're a fan of that, which I most certainly was. Peanut butter and banana is not only delicious together, but great for protein. Justin's chocolate hazelnut butter and banana are so good together that it feels like you're eating something bad, but really it's good for you.
There's nothing quite like a grilled cheese. Especially when it's cold out and you pair it with tomato soup. YUM! You don't have to give that up being a vegan! Brands like Daiya and Tofutti make really great vegan cheese that melts and stretches like real cheese. If you're feeling daring and want to spice up your grilled cheese a bit, add a few thin slices of fresh peaches and pair it with vegan provolone cheese for a sweet and savory sandwich.
Sauted bell peppers and cherry tomatoes are one of my favorite easy meals. Add these on top of quinoa for a simple meal that looks way fancier than it is!
Potatoes of all kinds are just an ultimate comfort food for me. A warm bowl of mashed potatoes is like a big cozy hug. I usually put a little butter and cinnamon in my mashed sweet potatoes. If you're looking for a savory but still sweet dessert, melt in some Dandies vegan marshmallows and stir it all together, grab a spoon and dive in. That's one of my most favorite desserts of all time, hands down.
There's some days where I just can't even be bothered to do more than have hummus and chips with a side of olives for dinner. I'm not a fan of Sabra hummus because I think it tastes like mayonnaise. However, I love Tribe and that's my go to brand. They have so many different flavors of hummus you're guaranteed to find one you like!
So, what about snacks?
I honestly eat more fruit and veggies than I do anything when I'm in the mood for a snack. Cherry tomatoes with sea salt and cracked pepper I can eat by the container. Fresh berries and fruit in general with a little Sugar in the Raw gives me that sweet craving I need without all of the bad stuff.
But, when I want the bad stuff, I want the bad stuff lol. Not that any of these are per say bad, but a bowl of fruit compared to a handful of vegan marshmallows, it's clear which is better for you. Dandies Vegan Marshmallows are tiny little fluffy pillows of happiness. They melt like real marshmallows, make amazing rice crispy treats, are great paired with fruit, and are great on their own.
There's a vegan bakery about a half hour from me that makes all sorts of baked goods, like the Smores cupcake and jelly filled donut you see above. I haven't mastered the art of vegan baking yet, so when I have a real sweet tooth craving, my fiance and I head there and go to town.
There's been at least one (probably 2) occasions where I've eaten an entire box of Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Squares in one sitting.They're delicious! They don't taste like Cheez-Its which I used to love, but they're a good substitute.
Justin's brand also makes vegan dark chocolate peanut butter cups, which are a good substitute for Reese's Cups, another thing I was quite fond of. Enjoy Life brand has dark chocolate bars, like Hershey's that are also super delicious.
Literally, I could go on for days about what I eat. But, this should be enough to give you guys an idea of what vegan's eat. As you can see, we eat pretty much everything non-vegans can eat, except better!
Around March of this year, Whole Foods had this special beauty bag that was $18, kind of like the VeganCuts Beauty Box. Each bag had some full size products, as well as some samples of various sizes. The girl I spoke to at Whole Foods told me that everything was cruelty free and at least vegetarian, but she didn't know if they were vegan. I knew that 2 of the full size products, Pacifica's lip stick ($14) and Gabriel Cosmetic's Mascara ($16) were vegan, and I thought even if the samples weren't, those two products alone more than covered the cost of the bag, so I bought it.
So, when I got home, I checked out all of the products, and did my research to discover which ones were vegan and which were vegetarian. To my pleasant surprise, all of the products in the beauty bag were vegan! Woo!
The first things I tried were the samples of Giovanni 2chic Ultra Repair Shampoo and Ultra Repair Conditioner. These products smell amazing! The blackberry and coconut milk not only smell amazing, but the coconut seal the hair cuticle and leave hair silky, soft, and smooth. The blackberries are full of antioxidants. All hair loving ingredients! The 2chic line has different products for different needs, including Ultra Sleek and Ultra Moist. So there's something for whichever hair care needs you have. These products are safe for color treated hair as well.
This scent collection also has a hair oil, body wash, and lotion. I have seen the hair oil, but haven't been able to find the body wash or lotion anywhere but on their website and naturally shipping is outrageous because they're such heavy products. I love the scent so much I would love to find the body wash and lotion, and if I ever do, I'll be sure to review them for you!
Naturally, like I said previously, especially with shampoo and conditioner, I did my research before trying them to ensure they were vegan, as you can see below they are:
I was super excited these were vegan because they smelled so good and I would've been so sad if I couldn't use them! The sample sizes were deluxe, so even with all of my thick hair, I was able to get a decent amount of uses out of them. The shampoo lathered really well, and my hair felt clean after one wash but still moisturized. The conditioner was also very moisturizing. I will say that with the conditioner, a little goes a long way. I made the mistake of applying it to my whole head, and I felt like I couldn't get it out completely no matter how much I rinsed. In addition to that, my hair looked greasy afterwards. So, from that point on, I only used it on my ends.
Despite that little mishap, I liked the product enough to go out and purchase the full sizes not once but twice. I'm still on my second set of products. For me personally, my hair isn't really dry, especially in the summer, so using this in the summer can moisturize my hair too much that it gets greasier quicker, which my hair already gets greasy quick enough. It was hard to tell if it was the hot summer weather making my hair greasy, or the product itself. But honestly, I've used it long enough throughout the summer and have used other products throughout the summer, and I feel like it's a combination. I feel like this would be more beneficial for me to use in the winter time when the air is drier and my hair gets drier and staticy. I've been using my many samples of shampoo and conditioner in the meantime, and I plan on keeping the remainder of these products until it gets cooler out.
Overall, I do recommend these products! Everyone's hair is different, and for me, my summer hair just doesn't do well with products that moisturize so well. My winter hair I think will really benefit from these products. You can find these at Whole Foods, Target, and Ulta, both in the stores and online. At this current time, Ulta is having a buy one get one half off sale, which is a pretty sweet deal. Both 8.5 oz bottles retail for $8.99 each.
Have you ever tried these products? What's your go to shampoo and conditioner?
A fellow vegan friend of mine sent me a gift earlier this year because she's awesome, and included in this awesome gift was a deluxe sample size of the DermOrganic Daily Conditioning Shampoo and Intensive Hair Repair Masque. I had never heard of the brand until she sent them to me, so I was pretty excited to check them out. Here's the deal..
These gems are made with Moroccon Argan Oil, which is super nourishing for your hair. This sulfate free formula is gentle and safe for your hair, scalp, and skin. It's also safe for color treated hair. The scent is light, natural. and clean. The shampoo is actually made with lipid and amino acid facial cleansers, which I think is pretty cool. It has a different texture than regular shampoo, and I think that's because of the facial cleansers. It's lighter than most shampoos, if that makes any sense at all. I feel like I need a lot to really produce a good lather. To be fair, I have a lot of hair. And it's thick. So I usually need a lot of shampoo in general.
The masque is enrinched with rice keratin to help smooth and repair your hair. This silicone free formula is safe for color treated hair. This can be used as a daily conditioner or a weekly masque. It says to leave on for at least a minute to repair, which seems like not enough time in my opinion. I usually leave it on for at least 5 minutes while I'm showering. I do all of my other stuff while it soaks into my hair. This masque also has a different texture than what you might be used to. It's kind of light and fluffy, as opposed to heavy. My guess is because it doesn't have any silicones in it. I don't put any on the top of my head, I use it about halfway up my hair.
I'm almost done my bottles of these, and overall I liked them. They left my hair smelling clean and soft. I really liked the simple ingredients in these products, and I'm always a sucker for anything organic. You can purchase these either online, or at Ulta or Ulta's website. The shampoo is $18 for 12 oz and $35 for 33.8 oz. The intensive hair repair masque is $18 for 8.5 oz and $40 for 33.8 oz.
Have you tried DermOrganic before? What are your thoughts?
Dry shampoo is a life savor for me. I wash my hair 2-3x a week, depending on the season. I have naturally greasy hair, but a few years ago I trained my hair (which was not a pretty sight, let me tell you) to get my hair to be less greasy. Dry shampoo was my best friend during that time, and is still a necessity in my hair care routine.
You can almost always tell what day of my hair wash cycle it is based on how my hair is. Day 1: hair is down and straight. Day 2: dry shampoo, hair is down and straight. Day 3: more dry shampoo; pony tail. Day 4: dry shampoo, hair in a low messy bun with a head band holding my bangs back. Sometimes I braid my hair, other times I curl it, but for the most part those are my go to styles. I have no time in the morning to be fudging with my hair. Sleep is my friend! The more I can get of it, the happier I am. In order for my hair to last 4 days without washing it, I need dry shampoo.
Let me introduce you to a favorite of mine..
I thought Tabby made a good background lol.
Eva NYC is a brand I tried out last year. I had ordered something from Ulta, and got some samples with my order, and one of which was Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask. I did a little research, and all of their products are cruelty free and vegan!
I was so excited I tried it the next time I washed my hair, and was so in love with it I went out to Ulta and bought it right away. Ulta was having a buy one get one half off sale, so of course, me who can't turn down a sale had to get something else. So, I picked up the hair mask and this dry shampoo. My previous brand of dry shampoo wasn't vegan, so I was on the hunt for a new one. I figured why not try it? I am so happy that I did!
To start, the smell is amazing! It's so hard to explain what it smells like because I've never smelled anything like it. It's fresh, clean, and slightly sweet. The smell is really what sold me on the hair mask, and the dry shampoo smells the exact same. My hair retains the scent nicely so every time my hair moves you can get a fainy scent of the dry shampoo.
Also, it works pretty well too. I spray it on my bangs, throughout my crown, and underneath my hair at the nape of my neck, and any other spot that could use a little freshening up. My hair gets considerably greasy. I just do a few sprays and brush it through, and voila! Say hello to fresh hair! Just make sure you remember: while dry shampoo is amazing, it's not a miracle worker. If your hair is legit dirty, you gotta wash it. It can only do so much. However, if it's just normal every day use, dry shampoo will definitely make a difference! If you use too much or you use it too close to your hair (it should be sprayed 10-12 inches away from your hair), it will leave white residue. If you brush through it, it should disappear into your hair.
Lastly, like most dry shampoos, it adds good texture to your hair too, making styling much easier. You hair styles better dirty anyway, and adding dry shampoo definitely adds the texture to make it even easier to style! And it adds volume too!
This is my hair from this morning, I should have taken a before shot but I didn't think that far ahead lol. But, as you can see, my hair doesn't look too bad for not having washed it since Sunday night!
Overall, I definitely recommend this product, especially if you're like me and don't have the time or patience to be washing your hair every day. This can, which is 5.3 oz, retails for $11.99. You can get it online via their website, but shipping was crazy when I looked into before. But, you can purchase this brand at Ulta stores, and also Ulta online. Ulta usually does free shipping over $25 and it's more than easy to spend $25 at Ulta, at least for me! Also, Ulta does a lot of sales for them, so you can probably get it for a decent price if you keep your eye out.
Do you have a dry shampoo you can't live without? I wanna hear your favorites!
Today, I'm going to show you all the goodies I got in my August VeganCuts Beauty Box! This month, you really got your bang for your buck. Three of the items in this box retail for a total of $62! Considering the box is only $19.95, talk about a steal! I have some mixed emotions about this box, and I'll explain why. First, here's the goodies!
First up, the One Love Organics Dry Shampoo Powder. This is one of the full size items that retails for $12. I am super excited to try this, as you guys know how much I love dry shampoo. One Love Organics is an awesome company as well, so I anticipate that I'm going to love it.
Next up is a decent sized sample of GlamNatural Hydrating Face Cream. GlamNatural is a company that uses 6 core natural ingredients in their products. This face cream has limited ingredients, all meant to hydrate your face. The full size of this retails for $28. Truth be told, I doubt I'm going to use it as my face doesn't really get dry. Perhaps in the winter if I get a few eczema patches, not just on my face but on the rest of my body too. I saw a few people say this made their face greasy, and I have enough of that on a regular day. This is probably going to be a dud for me. But we'll see!
Next up is the sample size Kaeng Raeng Lavender Vanilla Detoxfoliant Body Scrub. The full size is 10 oz and it retails for $36. This sample size is 1 oz, so I would say it has a retail value of about $3.60. The scent is amazing. This scrub contains both lavendar and vanilla essential oils, so the scent is legit. Also, it contains organic virgin shea butter so it's going to be ultra moisturizing as well. I used this in the shower the other day. I want to mention that be mindful that it's a salt scrub, which means, if you have any teeny tiny baby cuts that you know or don't know about, it's gonna sting like a mofo. My poor little hands have so many cuts from being dry, and it hurtttt! That made it kind of hard to do focus on how it worked, but I tried. My skin is a little dry from tanning, so I used it all over while in the shower. It was pretty moisturizing. It made my skin feel soft, and waterproof kind of, because of the oils the water just beaded and rolled off. So, I used my body wash after I used this. My skin still felt soft, and I noticed it felt improved after I got out of the shower. It is still a little dry and flaky, but it is better than what it was. Also, the scent was not at all lavender vanilla. It smelled herbally, and I didn't really smell either lavender or vanilla. But, scents are individual to each person, so you may smell something totally different. Personally, I wouldn't buy it. I prefer sugar scrubs to salt scrubs because they don't burn my cuts. But it did work pretty decently overall.
Next up, which I am the most excited for, is the Harvey Price Hello full size spray perfume. This 8.8 ml spray bottle retails for $26. This is the only product I have tried yet, and let me tell you, it's worth every single penny of that $26. It smells SO good. Harvey Prince describes the scent on their website as "the scent that greets you with a smile." This perfume blends citrus scents like lemon, grapefruit, and orange with floral scents like plumeria, and tahitian vanilla and musk and it blends so so good. I believe it's in an oil base because I got it in my fingers and it feels oily. I like that though because oily lasts longer than alcohol based perfumes. Remember when I said I had mixed emotions about this box. Here's one of the reasons why:
My perfume had leaked all over and what should be a full bottle is now only 1/4 full! Apparently, this was an issue for a lot of people because I saw a lot of people complain that they're perfume leaked too. Thankfully, VeganCuts has super awesome customer service and they emailed me back within 3 hours with a form to fill out so that Harvey Price can send me a replacement. So, I'm thankful for that, because I'm so obsessed with the scent! I plan on trying the other scents hopefully sooner than later.
And lastly, the biggest disappointment of all was the Gleam Lip Radiance by Melanie Mills. This lip gloss/stick retails for $24! There were 3 shades you could receive: Naked (nude), Pop My Cork (pink), and Uncontrollable (purple). However, I was so so sad to receive that Naked color! Nude colors are not colors I wear on my lips, and if I'm being honest, I barely wear color on my lips. So, I'm never going to use it, which is a total bummer for me because I had planned on wearing it to a fancy vegan restaraunt that I'm planning on going to for my birthday on Sept. 3rd. So, to say I'm bummed is an understatement because I was really really looking forward to that. I did ask VeganCuts if they did exchanges on the color, which I knew they couldn't but I figured it was worth a shot. The answer was obviously a no.
In addition to all of that, I was reading the label on the products, as I do all of the time. It's definitely a habit I've picked up since way back when I was a vegetarian. And I see this on the lip gloss label..
Naturally, I emailed them right away regarding that. In case you don't know what carmine is, it's made from crushed beetles. It's commonly found in red nail polishes and lipsticks because it's what gives the red color. Here is the email response I received back from them:
So, I was glad they put that at ease. Even still, had I received the purple color, I don't know if I would ever use it. I know it doesn't contain carmine, but what if? I'm kinda crazy with stuff like that.
Overall, I was impressed with the box for it's value and especially the perfume. I had been eyeing up Harvey Prince perfumes for awhile, and I have been following them on Instagram. The perfume alone made it worth it for me. I wasn't thrilled with the lip gloss, despite the color and the carmine allergy warning. Either way, I will always love VeganCuts and think that what they do is fabulous. They take the guess work out of what you can and can't use, and even when things like this carmine situation came up, they're prompt to explain it. It's up to you to use what you feel comfortable with. I look forward every month to receving my Beauty Box, and I don't plan on canceling any time soon!
Have you received your August Beauty Box? What are your thoughts? Are you as obsessed with the perfume as I am?
Oh how I love Lush. It's because of their bath bombs, bubble bars and melts that I became a bath junkie. Today I'm going to review their bubble bar called The Comforter. Why did they call it The Comforter you ask? Lush created it to actual comfort people, just like, well, a comforter. This blackcurrant and cassis absolute scented bubble bar is pretty fabulous. A new favorite of mine, for sure. Here's the deets:
This bar gives you lots and lots of bubbles, and turns your water a beautiful shade of purple. Imagine like a berry colored tea, that's the color of the water. Each bar is supposed to give you two baths worth of bubbles and pretty purple colored water. I used my entire bar in one bath. I wasn't aware it could be used for two prior to using it. But, with the amount of bubbles this bar gave me, I can absolutely see being able to use it for two baths. There was so many bubbles. It was awesome. It started to bubble as soon as I dropped it in the tub.
I feel like the pictures just don't do the color justice; it really is a beautiful shade of purple. I loved it! Purple is my favorite color, and the purple tinted water just made me feel happy. And like I said, the bubbles were out of bounds. It was actually really "comforting" to be engulfed in all those bubbles. It was just like a blanket of bubbles!
As for the scent, it's just wonderful. It's not overpowering at all, in fact it's pretty subtle. But, it's so nice! Slightly fruity, and just calming. It smelled just like a sweet juicy berry. I'm a vanilla girl through and through, but this blackcurrant has become a real favorite of mine. I only wish the scent stayed on my skin longer!
While bubble bars aren't meant to be super moisturizing like the bath melts, my skin still felt pretty soft after this bath. With the bath melts, I can get out of the tub and not even need lotion. With this, I felt like I needed some. But, once I put my lotion on, my skin felt very healthy and smooth.
Seriously, that's not even half the bubbles, but I was nervous having my phone so close to the water. The bubbles ended up reaching the top of my tub! And the water got a bit darker than that too!
So, is this bubble bar really worthy of being called The Comforter? Absolutely! Work, plus moving, plus getting married in October and having absolutely nothing planned for it, has me pretty on edge. I'm stressed out every single day. After this bath, I felt so much more relaxed! And I really think it was a combination of the pretty water, the bubbles not just being like a blanket but the fact that I'm like a 5 year old and played with them while I was in the tub lol, and the scent. You can buy this online or in the store for $10.95. Considering you can use it for two baths, the price is fair. And also considering it helped me to feel cool, calm, and collected, the price is more than fair! Give it a try! I don't think you'll be disappointed!