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!
Colourpop is one of my favorite affordable brands. They also released a Disney collection a few months ago, and it's also affordable. I got: two shades of their No Filter Foundation sticks since I had no clue what shade would match, if any, Colourpop x Delilah lip gloss in shade A New Day, and Disney Designer Super Shock Shadow in Almost There (from the Princess and the Frog). The Foundation sticks are $10 each, presently on sale for $7, the lip gloss is $6, and the eyeshadow is $5. When I say affordable, I really mean it.
Let's start with the foundation sticks. Here's the short version, I don't love them, but they do have some pros. I used both shades. I got Light 67N and Medium 81N. I'm so used to having to mix foundation shades that buying two is never weird to me. My skin is basically unmatchable.
Here's the plus side: they're so easy to apply. They glide on smoothly and blend easily. They're great for on the go, and they're good for like "no makeup but I don't want to look completely dead" look. Here's some photos:
One is in sunshine and the other is just natural lighting. The coverage is minimal, but the color is off, especially in the natural light. The sunshine hides it better. I added powder on top, and still wasn't impressed. I will say the formula is nice; it's non-greasy and it didn't break me out or anything. My lovely Hashi's causes hormonal imbalances which make me break out, so yay to that.
Final answer: not for me. If you have good skin and don't need full coverage, and have a normal skin shade, give them a shot. They're $10 each, on sale for $7 right now, it's not an expensive waste of money. Like I said, I do use it on occasion with some powder, the light shade, if I'm just running out. Now that I'm tan, the medium would probably would too. It's good to have more than one shade regardless. Summer and winter shades!
Next up, the Colourpop x Delilah lip gloss in A New Day.
This shade is a sheer light nude; all it really does is add some light shimmer to your natural lip shade. My lips are pink and red, depending. They change colors like other people's eyes do. You know those hazel eyes that are sometimes greener or sometimes bluer? That's me, but with my lips lol. For some reason, it has a brush instead of the little sponge, which I'm not a huge fan of. But, 20% of proceeds go to the Make A Wish Foundation until January 11, 2019. So, hurry up and place some orders before time runs out!
Lastly, Disney Designer's Super Shock Shadow in Almost There.
I feel like you can't get a good enough picture of the color, but their Super Shock Shadows pack real punch of color. This brown shade is so pretty, and I just use my finger to apply it. I either pat it or rub it depending on how I want it to look, with more or less pigment. I absolutely love their shadows, and can't recommend them enough. At $5 each, you can stock up!
I know you guys haven't heard from me in a minute. I'd like to share a bit of personal info before we get into the review. I'm in my senior year of school, I graduate 10/29/19! That's actually 6 months earlier than I thought, and my classes are incredibly hefty with the work load. Plus, I have my full time job, cats to take care, an apartment to keep clean, and some attempt at a social life and me time, if possible. There have been other drastic changes in my life that have triggered my anxiety and depression. So, as much as I have the best intentions to blog, it seems to fall to the wayside. Sad to say, because it's one of the things I truly enjoy! But, I have a 4 day weekend with no school, and while it's almost over, I wanted to get some blogging done. I did take some self-care time as well, which I am well-overdue for.
Also, happy holidays! I don't celebrate them really, so I'm home in my PJs relaxing and watching some Christmas movies. Presently I'm watching a current favorite- Christmas Vacation!
Now that we're all caught up, let's review!
I actually received this Velvetines Matte lipstick in shade Salem for free with my eyebrow product order. There's a saying I like, and that's "be as bold as your lipstick," and this shade doesn't disappoint!
This shade is described as a "true brown" and I would call that accurate. There is a very subtle shade of red mixed in. Like a rust color, if you will, but not nearly as unattractive as that sounds. As you can see, the color is flattering. It also matched my outfit perfectly that day. It is matte, which I don't like, but most of my lipsticks are. I usually use a lip balm on top, or a gloss, to add some moisture and some shine. All matte lipsticks are drying, I don't care what they put in them to say keeps your lips soft, it's just not true. Lip balm or gloss does help, but then the long-wear of the matte wear off and it gets on everything. It's a little bit of give and take. I'm really obsessed with the color though. And for the price of free, it's currently $5 on their website now, you really can't beat it!
I was fortunate and win a giveaway from Desert Essence for their new body scrubs and body oils. This was the one I was the most excited to try so naturally, it's the first one I wanted to use.
Let's talk about the scrub first. Spoiler alert: I love it. You know how some scrubs are too rough? Or they leave your skin with that awful greasy residue? This is not that scrub. This gentle sugar scrub smells amazing, actually lathers, and cleans your skin while it exfoliates. What's odd is that it's really hard to squeeze out of the tube, which is my only complaint. Even though it feels thick, it lathers really well. The scent is amazing. It's coconut, jojoba, chamomile and cucumber, and while it doesn't last long, while it does last, it's pretty great.
Obviously, due to the sugar crystals, you can shave with it. However, I do it all over, then shave with my body wash. I genuinely feel clean without having to wash off my body scrub. This is the first time I've ever had that happen with any scrub I've ever used. It's so wonderful! Honestly, I am beyond impressed with this scrub and use it pretty much every time I shower, because it is so gentle and keeps my skin soft during these harsh winter months. It's meant for sensitive skin, which I have, so this is basically the perfect scrub for me.
Now, let's talk about the matching body oil..
I've always been a little hesitant with body oil because I can't stand that greasy feeling that it leaves my skin. This is not that body oil. They claim it moisturizers for 24 hours, and I tested that, and it certainly does last that.
It has the same wonderful scent as the body scrub, and a little goes a long way. Again, my only complaint is that the scent doesn't last long. Here's to hoping that they decide to dabble in the perfume business and turn this into a perfume.
It doesn't feel heavy, it's light but it works. I love everything about this. It's replaced my lotion. Even with my heels, they stay moisturized! I absolutely love this body oil!
I know you're probably thinking that I'm lying and saying this stuff because it's free, but I'm not. I genuinely love these products and will purchase them when I run out.
They have so many products that you absolutely need to check out, these just being two of them. They have such a wide array of products that you're bound to find something you like, and something for your friends and family. The holiday are coming up! Get your shopping done sooner than later! Also, sign up for their emails because they send random coupons and discounts, and they do a pretty good amount of giveaways too, like this one!
Disney and makeup- what a perfect combo! This ultra glossy lip gloss is part of a three part collection, called (appropriately) Bibbidi, Bobbidi, and Boo. I want all three colors, but Boo was the one that stood out to me the most. This shade is a warm rose, and I believe it would flatter all skin tones.
This was layered on top of my clear lip balm, for added moisture. This was only one coat, and I did apply it additionally throughout the day, especially after eating. I'm surprised by how well this lip gloss lasts, and how pigmented it is. More layers = more pigment. I feel like one layer leans more pink than rose on me, and I'm sure my skin color affects it as well, but I think the color is so pretty regardless. It's not sticky; it's truly glossy. It's bright and it just makes your lips look so shiny!
It's pretty moisturizing too. I've been having a lot of problems with my lips being so dry and raw, and it's been awful. NOTHING will heal them, and I think my Pernicious Anemia is part of the problem, plus the eczema, and it's cold, and of course, my body hates me. So, lipgloss has been my go to more so than lipstick, especially matte lipstick because it causes me so much pain trying to get it off and then my lips are raw all over again. It's been a vicious cycle.
My only complaint is that it has a weird smell. It's not necessarily bad, just odd. I din't hate it, but I just felt like it was worth mentioning.
Colourpop makes shopping easy because their website is so user friendly. It literally says "cruelty free" and "vegan" on their products, so you know which ones are vegan friendly without having to search through a list trying to find out if it's vegan or not. Honestly, they update their vegan list almost with almost every new release they have.
Did I mention this lipgloss was only $6? Yes, you read that right. A Disney, vegan, and cruelty free makeup product that's only $6.
I'll let that settle in while you quickly type in Colourpop in your search bar.