Back at it again with more highlighting products.. I think I have a problem lol.
I got these drops as part of Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty for half off, and this decently sized bottle, only costs me about $20+ total. I bought the shade Moonlight, and honestly, I really love it. What I like to do is add a little to my lotion in the morning, literally a pin drop is plenty to add enough shimmer to your face. I've found it adds a light diffusing effect in your foundation, making your skin look more even toned with a slight radiant effect.
I really think that you can add too much really easy, I know this because I did it the first time I used them. I was surprised by how pigmented these drops are. I even gave some to my mom because it would take me literally 4 years to finish the bottle. What I also like is how versatile of a product it is. You can use it like I do, on top of your foundation to highlight, it makes a great base for eyeshadow or just eyeshadow alone. Honestly, worth every penny. This is my first liquid highlighter I've ever used, and I'm surprised by how much I love it. Definitely two shimmery thumbs up from this girl!
Amok! Amok! Amok! *gut punch* Hocus Pocus.. one of my all time favorite movies ever. Back in August I got a brand new Hyundai Kona, and her name is Winifred, after Winifred Sanderson, my spirit witch.
Ghoulish Delights is one of my favorite brands for vegan and spooky items, and because Amanda does it all herself, items are limited. I follow her on IG and I'm in the group on FB so I try to avoid missing and restocks. I was super excited for this restock and I loveeee her Flesh Fogs. My only complaint is that I wish they lasted longer, like the perfume oils do, but I'll use this a few times a day any time I need a pick me up.
The scent is: spiced apples, buttery pastries, pumpkin guts, and crystallized vanilla. Honestly, you get every layer of the scents. This scent is one of my absolute favorites honestly, and it screams fall. I carry it with me in my bag for work, so any time I need a pick me up, I spray this.
Trick 'r Treat, one of my four favorite movies of all time. If I was a character I would be Sam- enforcer of all Halloween traditions. She had a body scrub a few years back that she doesn't have anymore, and I'm sad because it was my favorite body scrub ever. But, this Flesh Fog is so amazing. The scent is: pumpkin guts, buttered rum, sugary vanilla, nutmeg, and cream ginger. Again, every layer of the this comes through, and it's like taking a stroll a sweet pumpkin patch, nibbling on some candy as you stroll. It encompasses the vibe of the movie, and I just absolutely love it. Just like with the other one, the scent doesn't last long. But, that doesn't take away from the amazingness that it is.
As I mentioned, restocks are limited because she's a one woman wonder, but follow her on IG and join the FB group, so you never miss an update!
I put a spell on you! This is my most favorite time of year, and I'm sad it's coming to an end. So, let's talk about Hocus Locus highlighter by The Beauty Arsenal. The colors are truly beautiful, and very reminiscent of the color palette from Hocus Pocus. You see a neutral shade, green, purple, silver, and just a touch of gold are all found in the witch's outfits and fits the overall look of the movie.
Here's a closer look:
While this is a highlighter, I rarely use it as such. Because it is so highly pigmented, it's not something I would wear every day. It's good for certain occasions, like a night out or Halloween, but usually, I just use it as an eye shadow.
I usually just use my finger and pat it on. Actually, if you use different fingers and pat certain areas to get a specific color, you add color where you want it, and leave maybe some neutral towards your brow and your inner corners to make them pop. I really love it. I got it when it was on sale for $8. Follow The Beauty Arsenal on IG to keep up with product releases! Everything is vegan, cruelty free, handmade, and it's a small business which I always love supporting. Check them out, if you haven't already!
This lip crayon was included in my Fall Beauty Box by VeganCuts and I just love it so much. First, can we talk about the packaging? The box alone- the triangular shape, the textured box, the color of the box and the print.. I mean, even the box is pretty. The packaging for the lip crayon itself is gold, and shiny. Instead of looking tacky, which gold items can, they really made it look sophisticated, and I feel fancy using it. I love lip crayons in general because they're easy to use, good for on the go, and usually have a nice texture. This lip crayon is no different.
There were 3 color options, and I chose Valor, which is a marsala shade. It's just beautiful. The formula is easy to apply and wear. Having avocado butter as the first ingredient is a really nice addition to a list of clean and natural ingredients. It's smoothing on your lips, and I seldom apply lip balm on top (as I do with my matte lipsticks) because I don't feel the need to. It's not matte, which is a nice change of pace compared to most of my other lipsticks, and it goes on really smooth on the lips. It's highly pigmented too, and a little goes a long way. The staying power is impressive too. At $26 per lip crayon, the price isn't outrageous considering the line and type of makeup it is, and they have some really beautiful colors that I really want. They have Enduring which is a burnt purple, and Intrigue which is a toasted rose- both of which I need in my life! I don't mind spending money on a quality product and this is one of them.
As you can see from my Snap where I was a polar bear, the red is not a red, as marsala is not that juicy apple kind of red. Marsala is more of a red wine with brown hues. It's quite beautiful! I'm excited to try other shades they have. You can order off they website, but last I checked it was down at the moment (this was literally 5 minutes ago), but Sephora has them online too. I may be adding one to my next Sephora order. Two big thumbs up, and one pretty kissable pout, from me!
A fact about me you may not know: I'm a horoscope fanatic. I read mine every day, and I'm the exact description of a Virgo woman. I have a Virgo necklace and one of the first questions I ask people is what their sign is, not trying to pick them up lol, but to get to know them better based off what I know of their sign, and see if they have certain characteristics that their sign would. People think it's bogus, but between all the boyfriends and friends I have, I've worked out best with the ones I should've, according to my sign.
Anyway, Wet N Wild has a Zodiac collection, and while the entire collection isn't vegan, there's a decent amount that are. I got myself their Megaglo Loose Highlighting Powder ($6.99) and I actually bought 3 lipglosses, the Virgo one for myself, the Scorpio one for my sister, and the Pisces one for one of my best friends. Each were $2.99, which, their products are always incredibly affordable and never feel cheap. It's pretty awesome. Everyone thinks vegan beauty has to be expensive, and it sure can be, but Wet N Wild has some awesome vegan products and they'e incredibly affordable, which is why they're a cult favorite amongst vegan makeup lovers. Plus, the brand itself gives me nostalgia from high school and being young and free, so it evokes a feeling of youth that just adds to its appeal, for me.
Try as I may, I could't get a great photo to illustrate the color of the gloss. But, I wanted to make a few points about it, so if my fellow zodiac babes are interested, they know what's up:
1) This gloss is so much more moisturizing than I had originally anticipated. I typically apply lip balm under and over (and over and over) everything I wear on my lips, but I just had this on under in the morning and it was perfect. This is because of the Argan, Macademia, and Jojoba Oils that are part of the ingredients.
2) It's pigmented and long lasting, which is surprising for a gloss. I was surprised to find much color at all, plus have it last, despite the amount of snacking I do at work. It's like every hour I'm munching on something lol.
3) I love that the colors don't match up with your birthstone. I have Sapphire at my birthstone, I do not like the color blue. I wouldn't have bought it. This is a type of brown with gold glitter, but it's not in your face. It delivers the perfect amount of pigment. I found it complimented my skin tone and brown eyes well.
4) Just as an FYI, if your shade is glittery like mine, be careful taking it off your lips. I'm not kidding when I tell you it stays really well. But, the glitter can be harsh when removing it. so be careful not to rub it off and injury your very delicate lip skin!
I don't typically use glosses much anymore, but this one stays in my bag for regular use. Sometimes, when I just want to be a little bit fancy, I throw some on and work and rock it. For the price tag, you can do what I did, and buy one for you and for all your girls too, and add it to their birthday or Christmas gifts.
If you've been reading my blog for awhile now, you know that highlighter = life. I don't discriminate with my highlighters; pressed, liquid, loose, stick form.. they all make me shine bright like a diamond. I use this after my setting powder, and dust a little bit with my big fluffy powder brush all over to give a nice little shine and it really does a great job reflecting light and adding to the overall blurring effect on your skin. A little does go a long way, and I focus more on the areas I want to be a little extra with.
Wet N Wild has a great list of their vegan products, however, they're not updated to include these collections. Your best bet is to look at the ingredients list and determine based off of what you know, or, send them an email. I usually recommend an email to be sure. A lot of products have a "May Contain" or similarly a "+/-" section which means they could be in there and could not be in there. It could be a possibility of cross contamination due to shared equipment, or something different, and your best bet is to contact the company for full details, where you can make you own decision based on your comparability level.
Wet N Wild is not the same brand you loved as a teenager; they've grown, but their prices haven't. Don't write them off until you try them!
I wanna talk to you guys about a topic that you probably don’t feel like talking about. It’s one of the most common questions I get as a vegan, and even as a vegetarian I got it a lot as well, and you probably do too. Usually the first question I get as a vegan is the infamous “.. but where do you get your protein?” Don’t worry, it’s not that. BUT, if you are a non vegan, please note we get our protein from food. I’ve compared my protein levels from my blood work to many different omnivores, and my protein is almost always higher than theirs. Just saying.
Another question I get is.. “but can you eat animal crackers?” Often times, I just laugh this one of because of the absurdity of it all. By the way, the answer is: it depends. Frosted Animal crackers are not vegan; they contain milk, and the sprinkles probably have confectioner’s glaze. I haven’t read the ingredients in awhile, just going based off memory. As for the other kinds, it depends on the vegan. If the ingredient is sugar, that usually means white sugar, which is often filtered through bone char to obtain the white color. Sugar is not natural white, and if you’ve had cane sugar (which is what I use), you can see the molasses coloring of it. That’s pure sugar. I digress. The point is- some vegans follow this rule and others don’t. I judge neither for their choices.
One of my all-time favorite questions I get, when wearing my “Vegan” necklace or any vegan themed clothing is.. “are you vegan?” *le sigh* The answer.. yes, I’m vegan.
NOW, here’s the question I was originally referring to, before I went off on a tangent. And this one I usually get from those who have general knowledge of food, vitamins, and minerals.. “what about your B12?”
Well, a brief background: B12 is a water soluble vitamin that comes from animal products, and B12 fortified grains, which are usually fortified with animal derived B12. You body cannot make B12, but it can store it in your liver for years. Those most at risk for B12 deficiency are: vegans, vegetarians (non-lacto/ovo especially), those with previous autoimmune diseases or disorders, and those with stomach problems. Hi, my name is Ashley, and I have 3/4 of those. Since I’m a vegan, the vegetarian one doesn’t apply, but all the others do. This is usually not a problem, due to vegan vitamins, like the Deva ones I take, that have 100% B12 in it. But, there are issues that can prevent your body from absorbing the B12 from those vitamins, and a deficiency can occur.
Here’s where I go all Ashley Ronan, Google MD on you:
So, there's an autoimmune disease called Pernicious Anemia. In essence, even though you're taking a vitamin with B12 in it, like my multivitamin Deva, your stomach can't absorb it. There's a protein called Intrinsic Factor (IF) that's created in your stomach that binds to the B12 you ingest, and it gets absorbed in the last part of your small intestine. However, with Pernicious Anemia, the body attacks the cells that create the IF, and therefore, IF can't be made and B12 can't be absorbed.
Welcome to my life, ladies and gentleman. I have been diagnosed with Pernicious Anemia. Already having Hashimoto's Disease puts me at a risk for developing other autoimmune diseases, and this happens to be my newest diagnosis. Yay for 2 autoimmune diseases in 2 years! My body hates me, that I'm convinced of.
So, what led me to this journey, you may be wondering?
Let me state for the record: if your body feels off, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. It's trying to tell you something and no one knows what your body is supposed to feel like other than you. Because I have the world's best doctor, I actually told him that I think my B12 is low. We did 3 blood tests in 2 weeks. Once to check my B12 levels, another to check my methylmalonic acid, and another to check my folic acid.
As you can see, my B12 is a low normal, which prompted the second test for the Methylmalonic Acid, which is almost double what it should be. The link between this acid and the B12 is that the increased levels of this acid, the more likely there is a B12 deficiency. My folic acid is healthy, which is anticipated, because, while it's a B vitamin, it's not B12, so it's absorbing well.
So naturally, you're next question is: what was I feeling that prompted me to see my doctor?
Well, being exhausted is a way of life for me. My Hashi's makes me exhausted naturally. But, this was a completely different level of exhaustion. Literally, every cell in my body was tired. I can't even explain it. Also, there was the dizziness, this kind of heart palpitation, and this feeling of almost fainting. It caused me so much anxiety because I felt like I was going to pass out. It would happen randomly and out of nowhere, which only increased my anxiety, like is it going to happen now? How about now? I was getting headaches, more so than usual. My memory was garbage. And my mood, despite all of the stressors I've been going through, was down right sour. Depressed is really the appropriate word that I would use. Anytime I have some type of issue, I do research. Doctors highly recommend against this, but I used to read medical dictionaries as a kid. Medical stuff has always intrigued me, and I've been diagnosing myself for years, ever since I was a kid. True story.
Treatment? My doctor told me to get a 1,000 mcg B12 supplement, take it daily, and see him again the middle to end of October. Knowing that taking a supplement with a broken belly wouldn't work, I found a sublingual (under the tongue) vegan form of B12 that I'm taking, by the same brand of my regular multivitamin, Deva.
Even though my Folic Acid levels are normal, I figured it's better to have it than not. Both are water soluble, so I just pee out the rest, if any is left.
I've been on this for about 2+ weeks, and I'm not noticing much of a difference. When I see my doctor again at the end of this month, so we may re-evaluate this treatment method, and go for the B12 shots if it's not working.
Moral of the story: ask to get your B12 checked, if you are part of the at-risk group, because they don't check B12 regularly on a typical blood work screening. Like I said above, always always always, listen to your body!
If you didn't know, Disney Designer's Collection is literally the biggest craze right now for Disney lovers. There's collector dolls, ornaments, a beautiful Snow White compact mirror, and a few other items. BUT, part of that collection is Colourpop's makeup to go with it. I set an alarm for this release, I was ready.
A little Colourpop background: they offer variety of makeup that's all cruelty free and about 85-90% of it is vegan. They have a FAQ section that lists items that aren't vegan, and they do a fantastic job of updating it with every new launch. Also, on each page, they have their little Cruelty Free logo, and if the product is vegan, it has their little Vegan logo. It makes shopping MUCH faster, and with a launch like this, you want to be fast. I had more items in my cart, but I was in a queue to check out that took between 5-10 minutes, and by the time I got to check out, some items had sold out. A good portion of this collection sold out that day. There's still a few items left I may still try to buy that are vegan that's left, or I might just wait and see if they do a restock (I follow them on IG) and get the remaining vegan items, which there's only a few left, and hopefully snag them then. Everyone that knows me know I do not need any more makeup, but I genuinely love makeup. Disney makeup? Even better.
I know what you're thinking, Disney.. designer.. vegan/cruelty free makeup.. $$$$$$$ right? WRONG. Even though it's Disney, Colourpop didn't jack up any of the prices because of the name. They had the whole set, with exclusive packaging, that included: an eye shadow palette, 3 lip glosses, 4 Super Shock shadows, and 6 lipsticks for $120. I've bought eye shadow palettes alone that were $65. I mean, the prices are unreal. Each shadow is $5, lipglosses are $6, lipsticks are $7, highlighters are $8, and the eyeshadow palette is $20. Oh and it's free shipping within the U.S. for order $30 and over. I spent exactly $30 on everything I got, with free shipping, and am thrilled with my order.
I used my two Super Shock shadows today, which I have a few other ones from Colourpop, but I used my Disney ones today because #excitement.
There's 6 shades total for this collection, but unfortunately I think only like 3 are vegan. I got 2 of them. To the left is Under The Sea, and to the right is Heigh-Ho. These shadows are smooth like satin, and they apply even better with your fingertips than a brush. Using your fingertips really packs the color punch in, and these shadows are highly pigmented. My aunt got me a necklace for my birthday that's Ariel, who is my favorite Disney princess, and these colors match perfectly, and I couldn't wait to try them anyway, so I figured, let's be a mermaid today!
This was pre-mascara and pre-brows but look at that pigment! I'm surprised by how well Heigh-Ho showed up. I went light on the Under The Sea because it is so bright, so I just did it I the crease and layered a little Heigh-Ho on top of it. I just used my fingertips to apply it, and I love how my eyes turned out. I can't wait to use everything else!
Check out their products in general, and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Right now they're having a sale if you buy 2 liquid lips you get 1 free! And if you sign up, you get $5 off your first order. Don't forget to follow them on IG and sign up for emails. That $5 is basically a Super Shock Shadow for free!
This is my first time ever trying a color correcting palette that I've tried, and I've got mixed emotions about it. First, I love that there's four different colors, and the back of the palette itself has the exact same design as the box so you know which colors are for what issues.
The product itself is incredibly smooth. I'm using a small concealer brush to apply it, but you can also use your fingers. I've tried different methods and different amounts, with different brush strokes and fingers. I feel like it goes on pretty well initially, and it does provide some opaque coverage. Once I used my damp sponge to apply my Illuminare foundation, I feel like that all just goes away. I will say that it does help my under eyes A LOT. I haven't been sleeping well, and I have been having a rough time lately, but the lavender does really help.
Here's a before and after:
The lighting is different for both, despite trying to make it exactly the same. This coloring has some red tint to it. But, you can see the lavender under my eyes and the yellow covering any scarring and red marks.
You can kind of see some of the remaining color corrector, but I did do some more blending after the fact. Once I added my powder on to, it was better. I do think it does help some honestly, but I'm going to keep playing around with colors and mixing them. I've been mixing the yellow and orange/red together, and I think that layering helps.
Overall, I like it and I think it does add another layer of camouflage to the insecurities I face with my face. My disease causes acne, and I scan almost instantaneously, so this is a part of my life, despite using products that are meant for acne. The only cure for scarring, is time. But, anything I can do in the meantime to help minimize the embarrassment, I certainly will try it.
Have you ever tried a correcting palette? What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear them!
Glitz & Glamour is the theme of this quarterly makeup box from VeganCuts and it certainly is jam packed with glitz and glamour! This box jams $118 worth of awesome products, and I am pretty impressed by the selection this quarter.
I've had other boxes that I was disappointed in because of the selection. I felt some had too many of the same types of products, but this one really had a wide variety and I love it!
This is just the reveal, but I will be doing individual posts for the items. Let's begin!
It's really funny because I actually was looking into getting one of these color corrector palettes, and then I saw a preview of this box and I was so pleasantly surprised to see a color correcting palette! I love that there's instructions on each colors so you know which one to use for what. This retails for $18.
First, let's just take a second to admire the packaging on this Axiology Lip Crayon, in color Valor. I mean, it's just "glamorous," as the box says! It's really living up to its name. Valor is like a marsala shade. I prefer darker colors, and out of the three choices this was the darkest one they offered. There is another color called Enchant that's really beautiful too. I'm really looking forward to try this out. This retails for $26.
I'll be honest, Au Naturale doesn't make face products that I love. Their foundation wasn't my favorite, but I have really liked other products I've used of theirs, like lip and eye products. This is finishing powder, and I'm intrigued by the small pump which is interesting, because it's a loose powder. I haven't used it yet, but I'll be interested to find out if it's as messy as I think it's going to be.
I've used Mannakadar products before that we're featured in other VeganCuts boxes, and I've liked them. Brow Powder is always a great idea, because I do my brows every day. This is clearly Step 3, as noted on the package, out of I don't know how many steps, but I want to check out the rest of their eyebrow collection. This retails for $21, which is a whole heck of a lot more than I pay for my BH Cosmetics products, but I'm still excited to try this one out. This way I can compare the two as well. I'll include that in my post when I review this one.
This was the Bonus Beauty Tool included in this month's box. I love it and it's absolutely beautiful. It's rose gold vegan leather on the bottom with a cream colored canvas top, and a pretty rose gold zipper to complete it. I may actually be giving this as a gift to my sister because I think she'd love it as much as me, and her birthday is this month. So, I'm going to share the love, because I know she'd do the same for me. This bag retails for $27.
That's all she wrote for this lovely fall box! Reviews coming soon!