I love elephants <3 I love all the animals, but there's something special about elephants. Maybe it's the horrors they've endured in circuses and in general, but they're beautiful and magnificent creatures. Ivory Ella creates all types of clothings and accessories and they donate a portion of proceeds to Save the Elephants. They've donated $1.6 million so far, and I'm proud to be part of that amount, and I want to continue to help that amount grow!
This is the Ella Fit Nightshade Leopard shirt, size S, on sale for $19.99, and I'll provide the link for you as well! The Ella Fit is loose and loungey, and a little bit longer but not too long. The shirt is 100% cotton and when I first received it I was like ehhhh I don't know how I feel about this material, but after I washed it and wore it, it was fine. It's not the softest shirt I own, but I do love the pattern and I loveeeee the color. The size S fit well as is it is my true size, but I may have gotten a M because I prefer my long sleeves to be bigger. I like clothes to be bigger in general, I just find that more comfy.
Here's the link:
This was part of their Christmas collection, but I felt the snowman was more winter rather than just Christmas. Another color I don't usually wear, but this pistachio color is really pretty. This is actually the perfect shirt to wear today because it's a SNOW DAY! I have been singing "Do you wanna build a snowman?!" to my cats all day, and surprisingly, they haven't responded. This is also Ella Fit, and I got a size S in this one as well. They only have S left and they're on sale for $18! Here's the link:
They have a great sale section, and I recommend becoming a Rewards Member, because I have enough points to get $5 already! There are so many easy ways to earn points too. Oh, and did I mention the front has a little t-shirt pocket? I don't know why, but I love them so much! I just think they're so cute. I definitely recommend checking them out. There are so many styles and accessories, you can find something for everyone. They have a St. Paddy's Day shirt I'm waiting go on clearance because I need it!
Excitingly enough, if you don't want to place an order online, there are certain Hallmarks in the area that will be carrying Ivory Ella products! Check it out below!
The eyes are the windows to the soul, as they say. So, let's decorate those windows shall we?!
KVD Lolita's eye shadow palette that I fell in love with the second I saw the email. Her Lolita lip color is a cult favorite, and one of the few light lip colors I actually really like. The colors on this palette are so gorgeous! Check them out!
*drools* I mean, look at these colors! Here's a few looks I created with them:
Oh Ash, what do you use on your eyebrows? And what mascara is that? And what eyeliner is that? Well, I'm glad you asked! It wouldn't be a peepers blog post without all eye makeup related things!
Mascara is Too Faced Better Than Sex, and it's one of my all time favorites. I highly recommend it. This is one coat too. More coats means more va-va-volume! Eyeliner is always KVD. It's the only eyeliner I use.
I'm a firm believer in the fact that one simply cannot have enough eyeliner. You always gotta have extras, which is why I bought this Eyeliner Obsession pack from KVD which includes 5 full size liners, and I got a mini liner with my purchase. On my inner rims, I use the Lash Liner, which is specially formulated for lining your inner rims. It does take some getting used to, but honestly, it's amazing and lasts the entire day. Presently, I'm using Tattoo Liner on my upper lashes, but any of the other liners will work too. I should be set for like a few months or so.
As you can see in the photos above, there's my regular eyebrows and my done eyebrows. For that, LimeCrime is my go to.
Their Bushy Brows collection is life. I get the color Smokey and I use the Precision Pen and the Strong Hold Gel. Some days, when I'm off and just running errands, I just use the gel. I fill them in with just a bit of powder and that's all she wrote! These are also #holygrail products for me that I could never run out of. I keep backups. I stay prepared!
So, where'd I get my peepers? Too Faced, KVD, and LimeCrime. Where'd you get yours?
Everybody's favorite mouse gets VIP lip color treatment with this vegan and cruelty free collection from Dose of Colors, available at Ulta! I'll put the links at the end of the post!
In the lip gloss, I chose the color One and Only, which is a cool tone nude, perfect for every day wear. In the Lip It Up Satin Lipstick, I chose the color Forever, which is a cool nude. Both of these colors layer well, which is why I chose them.
I was genuinely sad to use this because the adorable little Mickey head that's stamped on the top of the lipstick is just SO CUTE. I actually see both of these at work, since they match everything, go well with my skin tone, and are low-key enough for work.
First, the lipgloss is so moisturizing, and it smells AMAZING. It smells like vanilla, and I wanna eat it! The lipstick doesn't have the same scent, but it is surprisingly moisturizing for a lipstick. It's very creamy and applies well. The lip gloss does have a decent pigment to it, considering it's a gloss, and it doesn't leave that overly heavy feeling on your lips that most glosses do. These colors really would look great on almost anyone too. There are only 3 colors in each, and I kind of want to buy the others lol. Disney + makeup = take my money! Here's the colors on me:
I truly like both, but I'm partial to the gloss because of its scent and the shine! I do love both of them though, which is why I give them both two Mickey sized thumbs up, oh boy! Both are $17 each and here are the links!
In Part 1 of this post, I went through foundation, brushes, contouring, and finishing powder. As the final step, before I apply my eye makeup and all that, I use KVD Setting Spray, shake it up and use about 5 sprays all over my face, and let it all blend together.
Here's the final look, unfiltered, and with my Goddaughter because she's the cutest:
I do also want to put some photos in here of me wearing M53N so you can see the shade difference as well. You can tell it's too dark, but I'm still glad I kept it for my (non-existent) summer tan I'll be getting and I need a darker color.
As you can see, the shade is off for my skin. Don't trust Sephora's little "shade finder" cause it doesn't work, and I knew it wasn't the right shade but figured I'd try it anyway. They were trying to tell me I was "warm," and I was like um no I'm neutral. Their lighting in there is way off too. The beauty of Sephora is you can return the products if they're not a good match for you. My bathroom lighting is also way off because my lipstick is darker than that, but still, you can tell the shade isn't the correct match.
I know this was a long two-part post BUT, hopefully it was helpful for finding some face products you may want to try. I'm really excited because KVD just released 14 new shades of her liquid Lock It Foundation and now they have these small little tubes to try that are like $18 I think before committing to the full-size. I'm good with my L47N for now honestly, it's a good shade even if I don't think it's 100% I can make it work by adding other products, which I'm so used to doing after all of these years anyway since nothing ever matches my face perfectly. But, with 14 new shades, there's bound to be a shade to match all of us!
The Herbivore Clothing Company is one of my favorites. They always have cute designs that are simplistic yet at the same time are powerful, plus super comfy! I ordered a hoodie, a pin, a card holder, and got a free sticker!
This "Be Kind Especially to Animals" design is one of my favorites. I have it in a t-shirt as well that I got a few years back. This charcoal gray zip up hoodie is made of eco jersey and is lightweight, so it's good for breezy days. I ordered a size Small, instead of an XS, so I can wear a long-sleeve underneath it to get more wear out of it. It's soft, comfortable, and conveys a message I thoroughly believe in! This was $50. See the link below!
This Dear Sukie fox card holder was on sale for $5.50 and is adorable. I love the design, and while it doesn't hold many cards, I figured I would use it for my medical cards, that way they were separate and easy to access when I go to the doctors or get bloodwork, as I so often do because I'm broken. This design is called "Sleepy Fox," of which they're out of stock =( ... but there are plenty of other cute designs, check the link below!
The "Eat Drink Vegan" pin is another simply message but it gets the point across. I'll be putting this on my pin board! You can wear it, add it to bags, whatever you want! Show your #veganpride and check the link below to purchase!
The sticker came free with purchase! Get your herbivore on and get to shopping!
Charcoal has been on the scene for awhile for so many things; cleaning your pores, face masks galore, and of course, whitening your teeth. The irony of it all, and why so many people want to try it is because the activated charcoal turns your mouth and teeth black, but reveals whiter teeth with use. I bought the whole collection at Target, and with everything it was probably like $12.
I had tried a powdered charcoal toothpaste before but I didn't like it. I didn't like repeatedly dipping my brush into it to use it, and it was a powder so it got everywhere no matter how careful you were. This is regular toothpaste with a regular consistency, charcoal based bristles on the toothbrush, and charcoal and mint mouthwash. Now, charcoal CAN be abrasive on your teeth. However, this company formulated these products to be gentle enough for daily use, and I firmly believe that the coconut oil does help with the gentleness, and also helps the whitening. Coconut oil, the miracle product that it is, can actually be used for teeth "pulling" in which, you swoosh it around in your mouth for awhile, and it "pulls" the discoloration from your teeth and you spit it out, brush your teeth and with repeated use, you get healthier and whiter teeth. It's incredibly hard to do and also gross, in my opinion, so this option works better for me.
I've been using these every day since I got them. The tooth brush isn't my favorite, it's got soft bristles which I like, but I like a tongue cleaner on mine, and it's oddly small. The toothpaste and mouthwash can leave minor stains in your sink but they do wipe away easy. The residue is more like a dark gray than black. I do honestly feel like my teeth are whiter than before I started using this, and I will definitely continue to buy them. I haven't had any issues with tooth sensitivity, for me personally. However, use with caution if you have sensitive teeth. Perhaps try it once every other day. For me personally, I'm a fan. It works, and it makes my little vegan goth heart so happy lol.
Foundation shopping is worse than bathing suit shopping, jean shopping, and food shopping right before a winter storm all rolled into one. It's honestly the worst. I have tried foundation after foundation but I keep getting letting down! Until I tried KVD Lock It Liquid Foundation. Finding a shade to match my face is always a challenge, so I ordered one online and bought one in the store. Presently, I'm using Light 47 Neutral, but I figure, if I get some color, Medium 53 Neutral might be good to have. So, I ended up keeping both.
I use the KVD brush specifically made for her foundation and I've found that to be the best choice. I also mix a little of my Illuminare Foundation Moisturizing Formula in Porcelain because it adds moisture to a matte finish, and it also lightens it up a bit. Nothing matches my face perfectly so you gotta work with what you got. The L47N isn't really that off, but I like the added spreadability that comes with using the Illuminare Foundation with it as well. So it's a win win. The amount you see above is basically what does half my face, so a little does go a long way. I then use a drop more and stipple it on top of my pigmentation that need extra coverage once I've covered my whole face. Then, I let it dry for a few minutes before I continue.
I follow up with a light coating of my KVD Lock It Powder Foundation. I will say this: alone this does not provide full coverage, as it claims to do so. It does settle into your face, and looks powdery on your skin. This is post skin care and primer, and it still does that. On top of liquid foundation, it does a better job. Also, the colors are off. I was told to get Light 130 as that's comparative to my L47N, and it's not. I should've gotten a shade lighter. It's not noticeable enough of a difference to others, but I notice. I use a little on my brush, and kind of pat it on spots that need extra coverage and lightly buff a small amount on the rest of my face. I mean minimal amounts, so this will last me forever. The compact is beautiful, and it comes with a black sponge, but nowhere to store it. You can't store it directly on top of the foundation because of the oils from it will cause your powder foundation to harden, and also, gross. And you can't store it on top, which is where it was when I bought it because also gross. I don't even use the sponge. I did once, when trying different applications for coverage, and I didn't like it much for me personally. Below is the brush I use with the amount I use for half my face, and a before (left) and after (right) from applying it:
Once my base of my face is done, I proceed with my KVD Shade and Light Creme Contour Palette. Creme contour is scary when you have never done it before, but I got an Urban Decay UD Pro Contour Shapeshifter Brush from Ultra ($39, lifetime warranty) for applying it. I use a sponge to blend it out so the lines aren't so harsh and so that it looks more natural. I use colors Woodland on my cheeks, and Spice on my nose and my forehead. I then use Parchment (with a flat brush) on my jawline, kind of painting it on almost, above my cheek bones (prior to my blush), and down the center of my nose.
Now that I've gone creme contour I'll never go back to powder, it looks more natural and wears better overall.
Then, I apply my blush, which is Too Faced, to the apples of my cheeks. I'm cautious not to go too heavy because it really pops against the Parchment from the Shade & Light palette, and it stays on well because of that too. Just a small dusting works fine. Then, I bake! I use KVD loose Setting Powder, which I got the travel size awhile ago for $14. I use that, plus a little of my Wet n' Wild Zodiac Megaglo loose highlighter to add some shimmer all over my face. A light dusting is all you need, but I apply a little more to my T-zone, just in case. I don't have that problem now during the winter, but I may in the summer.
CHECK OUT MY NEXT POST FOR THE FINISHED PRODUCT!
My Goddaughter, because she's got a heart of gold, bought me a Christmas present with her own money. She got me a slice of artisanal vegan soap in the scent Grapes of Bath.
Here's the scent description and instructions, as taken from their website:
"Touching on the nostalgic aromas of sweet summer berries and lightly-frosted autumn grapes, this soap makes for an amazing pick-me-up at the start or end of the day. Beneath its buttercream, glittering violet topside, you’ll discover a textured marbling of purples, grays, and stormy blues that leave the skin silky-soft and lightly fragrant. Offering up an exquisite lather to boot, Grapes of Bath remains a visual, tactile treat with an effervescent scent — an experience that never fails to surprise.
Ingredients: Purified water, saponified oils of organic olive, organic coconut, palm, shea butter, select essential and/or fragrance oils, zinc oxide, mica, cosmetic glitter."
My Goddaughter is genuinely the absolute cutest because she picked it for me because it was vegan, purple, and glittery. She's only 9, but she picks out gifts with more thoughts and meaning than most adults I know. I love her <3
Look at this beauty! Multilayered, multicolored, and the delicious scent really carries. I had it sitting on my bathroom since the day I was going to use it, and I was pleasantly surprised by how well the scent carried. That's not even the best part! You ready for it? Look at this...
Would you look at that glitter?! I've never had to use a soap that was so pretty. I felt sad to use it, knowing all that glitter was going to come off the soap and go down my brain. It was just so pretty!
As for the soap itself, it's a bar soap and it did leave that bar soap feel on your skin. It wasn't the worst bar soap feeling I've felt, but it was still there. It's not one of those soaps you use for shaving or anything. The scent was amazing, I just wish it lasted on my skin longer. I've only used it once because my skin was itchy afterwards. Having incredibly sensitive skin, I break out easy. But, I do want to try it again, thinking the first time may have been a fluke. With my skin, you really never know. It lathered better than most bar soaps usually too. Lots of pros, but I'm hoping can get passed the itching. It was such a thoughtful gift from my sweet Goddaughter, and it smells so good! It's a nice pamper soap, not an every day soap. And at $10 per slice, it's a fancy gift to include for birthdays, holidays, anniversary, Valentine's Day (hint hint: next month), or any special or non-special occasion.
There is a website, but my Aunt found it at a store somewhere near her, which is only about 45 minutes from me. Check out the website, look at the different pretty slices and check out the scents, plus there's even hand cream!
I get so excited to try new vegan places, and I'm seldom in the city. However, last weekend my twinnie and I went to the city for dinner and to see a comedian (btw: her name is Iliza Schlesinger and she has 2 specials on Netflix I highly recommend), and my twinnie, who's not a vegan but volunteered to be vegan for a meal with me, actually picked this place since it was close by, and I've always wanted to try it! Their dinner menu isn't extensive, but it looked delicious. Oh, and did I mention desserts? Cause like...
Those giant chocolate covered balls on the bottom are in fact chocolate covered cake balls! I got a Peanut Butter cookie for the road, and Courtney got a slice of chocolate cake to go.
I made sure to come hungry, because I wanted to eat all the things! I love trying new vegan places, and I want to get maximum foodage, so going hungry is a must! Dinner is served from 4:30pm to close. Their food is organic and gluten free, for my gluten sensitive people!
The atmosphere was cozy, the wooden touches for the menu and drink menu (non-alcoholic) gave it a nice rustic touch, and the water came in a beautiful tall glass bottle instead of a pitcher, and was left at your table for refills, which is great because I drink all the water. There was no ice, so the water was room temperature, which is completely fine with me. Others may not enjoy that. I didn't get any of the cold-pressed juices since we were going to the show afterwards and I didn't want to have the pees while I was loling during the show.
Of course, I got French fries, made with organic russet potatoes, and not nearly enough ketchup, which is my only complaint but I didn't ask for more. The fries were delicious! I would've liked them a little crisper, but potatoes are my favorite carb and I will eat them in all the vegan ways I can. Plus also, French fries. That should be enough motivation.
For my entree I got the Organic Salt Baked Cauliflower Meatball Pizza. It's more like a thin crust pizza kind of deal, and it was SO GOOD. I made some adjustments to mine. Here's what the regular version came with: mushroom meatballs, roaster cauliflower, caramelized onions, miso cashew cheese, on a sweet potato millet crust topped with sautéed scallions.
So, because I don't believe onions are actual food, I requested they remove the caramelized onions and sautéed scallions, and even though I don't like mushrooms and faux meat looking food items, I did keep the meatballs. I did ask if they could add avocado, which they kindly did for a small uncharge. Avocado is almost always extra, and I will always pay extra for it, without hesitation, because avocados are life.
This pizza was DELICIOUS! I was so surprised by the mushroom meatballs because they were delicious and I ate them all. They were baked and not fried, and the texture was perfect. The crust I could just eat plain without anything on it; it was the perfect crust. The sauce and the cheese was delicious, and I dare any vegan cheese haters to try it because I think they'd be pleasantly surprised. And of course, the avocado was great because it was avocado. The coolness and creaminess of it combined with the slight warmth of the pizza was perfect. I do wish there was more roasted cauliflower because that was really good, I would definitely like more of that next time. I ate until I couldn't eat any more, and still had some pizza left and was so sad to waste it lol.
The prices are about average, all things considered. When the menu is vegan, organic, and gluten free... the prices aren't bad at all. I can't wait to go back, and am planning on going back ASAP! If you're near the area, check it out!
This VeganCuts Winter Makeup Box is lit like a Christmas tree! I liked the mix of products in this box. With a total value of $131, this box really has maximum value for your dollar. I haven't had the chance to try anything but the blush and lipstick yet.
Let's talk about Elate Cosmetics Creme Blush first, since this is one of the products I've used.
The shade is called Love, and it is a really pretty color. The packaging is beautiful. All Elate Cosmetics have beautiful packaging. The burnt wood with the elegant designs are wonderful.
As you can see, the compact is one of those twist ones with a magnetic closure. The color is so pretty, but boy oh boy, was this a disappointment. I so didn't want it to be, I really wanted to love it. There is absolutely next to no pigment with the blush, the texture isn't a cream, it's like a balm, and I tried applying it with my finger, and you can look in the second photo, that when I applied it, it just took my foundation off and transferred it to the blush. As a blush, no bueno. I did try it on top of my balm on my lips, and that added a nice but subtle pop of color. I'm basically using it on my lips just occasionally, but I'm probably going to end up trashing it. I'm so sad to say!
Next, we'll talk about Emani Prismatic Duo Tone Lipstick in Bewitched.
Let me first state, I had no idea how cool this lipstick was. There's two shades, one on each side, and you can use one per lip, switch it up, put some just in the middle for an ombre look... I mean, it's really fun! I used it basically like a regular lipstick, but I'm going to use it differently tomorrow.
I really loved the shade I used, but I would advise using minimal lip balm on top if you do. I need my balm for everything, and it caused it to bleed a little, but not a lot. I know for next time. It's definitely not food or drink proof, but it applies really nicely and is actually pretty moisturizing on its own. I'm a fan of this, plus the packaging is really pretty! I recommend this one!
Next, Inika Long Lash Vegan Mascara.
I love trying new mascaras, so so much. I haven't tried this yet, but I feel like I'm going to love it. I'm almost done my mascara now so then I will be trying this one. I go through eyeliner and mascara like no other. They are my weakness.
Next, Mineral Fusion Stunning Eyeshadow Trio.
Since this is so small, this is in my makeup bag in my backpack that I use daily so that, if I need to fancy up a bit, I can. The colors are all neutral, which is great and compliments any eye color. You can even apply them with your fingertips! Super easy and convenient!
Lastly, Pacifica Crystal Moon Lit Oil.
Now, I know this is for your face, but I also know that lavender does not like my face, but that doesn't mean I won't use it on the rest of my skin! There's some really great ingredients in here, and I'm a fan of multi-purposeful products. Lavender, quartz, and blue tansy.. so many awesome ingredients! I'm going to try this maybe on my feet, maybe my neck and arms.
That's it! I'm looking forward to trying the rest of these products out and reviewing them for you!