Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
My skincare is as close to natural as possible, but natural makeup is foreign to me. I have tried some mineral makeups in the past, but I know that the natural makeup world is vast and expanding. This year, I want to try more natural makeup brands. I am not sure where to start, so I have subscribed to Petit Vour.
Petit Vour is a monthly subscription service. For $15, you receive five natural, vegan, and cruelty-free cosmetic samples. I thought this would be a good way to get started with natural makeup.
Here is what I got in my first box!
February's theme was mood-enhancing and confidence-boosting beauty products for Valentine's Day.
Balanced Guru Scrub Me Body Scrub - 1 oz | 8 fl oz, $23
I love body scrubs. My skin gets dry very easily, and I try to keep the flakes at bay with exfoliation and high quality moisturizers. This natural scrub has a limited number of ingredients (and I can pronounce them all, yay). This contains raw sugar, organic coffee, coconut oil, babassu oil, cocoa butter, spearmint,and ginger. It smells SO good! I love the scent of coffee and mint, so this is a winner for me. I like that it exfoliates but it doesn't hurt my skin. It's gritty without being abrasive.
Ellovi Mint Chocolate Body Butter - .5 oz | 3.5 oz, $26
Mint chocolate smells so good to me. It also happens to be my favorite flavor of ice cream :) This also has a limited number of ingredients (sensing a theme here?), and it has an oily feel that I love. It only has six ingredients! The ingredients come from macadamia nut, coconut, marula nut, hemp, and shea, and essential oils. And it smells amazing!
Harvey Prince Damask Rose & Gardenia Perfume - 1 ml x2 | 8.8 ml, $26
These are the only products I was disappointed in receiving. I don't wear a lot of perfume, but I do love Harvey Prince scents. It is one of the few brands of perfumes that don't make my husband sneeze. I do wish I'd receive only one perfume sample in my box, but they do smell lovely. I love the Damask Rose scent, as I love anything rose. Gardenia is also one of my favorite scents (and one of my favorite flowers!). The scent is a little powdery for me, but so I don't see myself using it as much as the rose one.
Lily Lolo *New* Vegan Mascara | $20
This is the product I was most excited to try. My eyes are very sensitive, so I would like to try more natural mascaras. This one is a wet formula, and I think it will be perfect for me when it dries out a little. It's very dark (love it!) and I don't have to fuss with it for my lashes to look good. I think this is going to be a keeper!
Overall, I am happy with my first Petit Vour box. I look forward to my next one. I do hope to get more makeup items in my next box. My favorite product in this box is the mascara. It's been my mascara of choice every day, and I might check out some more products from the Lily Lolo brand.
Do you get Petit Vour?
Monday, March 2, 2015
I have used my Stitch Fix referral link in this post. All opinions are my own.
Every month, I document what I spend on clothing. I have given myself a budget of $60 per month this year. Here's what I purchased in February!
I've been limiting myself to one item from every fix I order from Stitch Fix. I stuck to it this month, but it wasn't super hard (although, part of me is still missing that striped jacket). I just got my March fix, and it's going to be super hard to not keep everything. In February, I kept this grey skirt from my fix. I love it. It's so comfortable, it fits well, and it can be remixed in a lot of different ways. I spent $54 on this skirt.
I didn't have plans to spend any more money in February (I even avoided Goodwill!!), but I went to Target. It wasn't really a mistake going to Target, since I was there to get other things. No, my first mistake was browsing the new shoes. I think I could've escaped with my checkbook still intact, but Izzie was with me and she was a little cranky. I saw these shoes, tried one pair on, looked at Izzie's cranky face, and promptly tossed both pairs in the cart. I bought the striped pair and the black/cognac pair. They were on sale! What can I say? I did wear them around the house a bit, just to make sure they were comfortable. So far, so good! They were on sale for $20 and some change, so I paid $42.70 for these.
So... I am ashamedly over budget again this month. My budget is $60, and I spent $96.70. This is way better than last month, so maybe I'm slowly getting closer to my budget. :) This month's Stitch Fix is going to be hard, though... I love everything in my box! I have until tomorrow to decide. so we'll see...
How was your budget this month?
Linking up with Fran.
Friday, February 27, 2015
I was sent the Instanaturals Retinol Moisture for review. All opinions are 100% my own.
This is always a favorite, but I've used it every day this month. Every time I get one of the Naked palettes out, I think "this one is my favorite." So, I obviously can't make my mind up about the three Naked palettes. However, this one is the most used of the three, so that's saying something. My three favorite shades are the lightest ones. They're perfect for every day.
Pacifica Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes
I always remove my makeup before I wash my skin. Usually, I use a cleanser twice, but I've been in the mood to use makeup wipes. These wipes are so nice! I saw them at Target. Of course, I had to get them because I love the scent of coconut. I do not use these to remove my eye makeup, because my eyes are so sensitive. I have a separate eye makeup remover. These wipes do an amazing job of removing my makeup, but they're also very soft and feel good on my skin.
Instanaturals Retinol Moisturizer
I've been trying this new moisturizer for a few weeks, and I have enjoyed it a lot. This is the first time I've dipped my toe into the a retinol treatment. Retinol is another name for Vitamin A. Basically, Vitamin A tells your cells to behave younger. It makes them more flexible. It is ideal for sun damaged skin, which is what I have. I had a lot of sun burns when I was younger, and I have a lot of hyper pigmentation on my face. I think I notice it more than other people do, but is something I'd like to "fix." I am hoping that retinol will help. I am also trying the Instanaturals Retinol Serum. This moisturizer smells really good. It's hydrating but sinks into the skin nicely. I use it at night, and my skin looks so clear when I wake up. I am super impressed with this. Hopefully it will make my skin look better as time goes on!
REN Micro Polish Cleanser
Ahh... another favorite. This has been a fave for years. I use this in the morning when my skin needs a little oomph. It cleanses and very gently exfoliates. It is definitely worth the price!
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Saga
This is the only Chanel makeup product that I have. I figured if I was spending $35 on a lipstick, it needed to be one I use every day. This is the perfect pinky, coral shade. It goes with everything, every single day. I also love the scent, which is slightly floral.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush
I bought a couple of these blushes the moment they were available on the Sephora website last year. :) I love them!! This color is champagne rose, and I wore it nearly every day this month. These blushes have the ambient lighting powders in them. This particular blush is the Luminous Ambient Lighting Powder swirled with a rose blush. It is the perfect flush of color.
fresh Sugar Lip Polish (clear)
I've been using the fresh Sugar Lip Polishes for a long time. They are super hydrating and have a slightly sweet lemon scent that I love. This one is clear and I've been using it at night after I remove my makeup.
Lancome Cils Booster XL (link to newest version)
This is a mascara primer, and it's amazing! You put this one under your mascara. It enhances whatever mascara you're wearing. The link is to the newest version of it, which has been improved with lash conditioners. I am excited that Lancome will be having their gift with purchase soon, because I want to try the new version.
Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara
I've been using up samples left and right lately. This month, I focused on a few mascara samples. I got this in a Birchbox last year. It's super volumizing. You don't have to work with it too much to see the volume in your lashes, and I love it!
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
I picked this up at Harris Teeter a couple months ago and finally got around to using it. I know I keep saying I love everything in this post, but I love this sponge! It makes applying foundation so fast in the morning. You can use it wet or dry, and I prefer it wet. My makeup looks so smooth and skin-like when I apply it wet.
Christian Dior It-Lash Mascara
This is another mascara I was using up this month. It's pretty amazing. It separates and lengthens my lashes like you wouldn't believe. Paired with the Laura Mercier mascara, my lashes were looking pretty perfect this month.
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
I guess I had a thing for mascara this month. :) Clinique had their gift with purchase event not too long ago, and I purchased this mascara again. It is perfect for the bottom lashes. It has never smudged on me!
Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Lotion
Another collection of samples I've been trying to use up is all the body lotions I have. I've been using them on my hands at night, and I've really been enjoying that! My hands have felt super hydrated this month, haha! :) This one is from Gilchrist & Soames and it has the most perfect texture. It hydrates without feeling greasy, and the scent is so nice. Love!!
That's it for my favorites this month! What have you been loving?
This month, I've giving away:
+Pacifica Coconut Cleansing Wipes
+Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in Black
+$50 Nordstrom e-gift card
You can enter with the widget below, and good luck to all who enter!
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Bottom: Left // Middle // Right
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
I am sent Beauty Box 5 every month for review. All opinions are 100% my own.
In case you've never heard of Beauty Box 5, it is a monthly subscription service. For $12 per month, they will send you 5 cosmetic samples. They sent a good mix of high end and drug store products, so there is something for everyone!
Before I get into my box, I have to apologize for this iPhone pic. I tore into my box and started using the products before I took a proper picture. And now on to the box!
February is Beauty Box 5's birth month, and they usually send a little something special in celebration of that. This year, it is a $20 gift card code to Your Minerals. I'm looking forward to trying some new makeup! I've wanted to get into mineral makeup (other than Bareminerals) and this seems like the perfect time to do so.
Revlon Colorstay Nail Polish in Fall Mood
I am SUCH a fan of the Revlon Colorstay nail polishes. They are easy to apply, opaque, and they have a huge range of colors. I am so glad this was in my box this month!
Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment
This is another major favorite of mine. This mask is clay based and very effective. I don't know exactly what makes it work, but my skin looks amazing after I use this. It's pretty pricey and totally worth it.
Absolute New York Lip Balm in Bubble Gum
I go through lip balm likes it''s nothing, so it's great to have another one to throw in my purse. This one is light pink, smells like you could eat it, and is very affordable. I even found a set of two on Amzon for around $4!
Avon Big Color Eye Pencil in Natural Vibe
Eye pencils are the handiest thing I keep in my work makeup bag. I like to keep a small bag of essential items for those mornings that I can't get out the door with makeup on. (Moms out there, tell me I'm not the only one!) Eye pencils are easy to apply on the go, since all you need is the pencil and your fingers. If you're going to frequently do a one-color look, stick with a shimmery shade.
Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in Vanilla Frosting
I had never heard of this brand before. I believe this is from the UK. I wish I'd thought to swatch it quickly in that Instagram pic, but it is the perfect highlight shade. It's a cool toned white shimmery eyeshadow. I actually used this on a minimal makeup day last week. (honestly, that was pretty much every day since it was icemageddon here) It stayed on all day without primer! I am officially impressed.
That's it for my unboxing this month! This is an amazing box. I am featuring the eyeshadow later this week in a little (literally) round up of products I like to use on a simple face day. It was meant to be a five product face, but I just couldn't keep it to five products. I'll have that up later this week.
If you'd like to find out more about Beauty Box 5, you can check them out here.