Tuesday, April 24, 2018

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | PETIT VOUR APRIL 2018

Every time I get my Petit Vour box in the mail, I get so excited to share it with you all!  Discovering new cruelty free and natural brands is so much fun, and my goal is to build up a ton of reviews  to help other people navigate the world of cruelty free and natural skincare and beauty.  It can be daunting to switch over your entire beauty routine, but I feel pretty confident about it now!  In a few months, it will be a year since I decided to go cruelty free and I couldn't be happier about it.

If you've never heard of Petit Vour, it is a natural, organic, cruelty free beauty subscription box.  For $18 a month, you can be sent 4-5 deluxe samples of products.  Most months, I get one full size product in my box.

This month, there is one full-size cream blush in a gorgeous shade that would flatter a number of skin tones.  The other three products are large sample sizes, and I'm happy to have new products to work into my routine.  Since I always have samples, my skincare routine is ever-changing.  It's really fun to use up my samples first before diving into my full-size products because then I know the samples won't go bad.

Here's what I got this month!


Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her April 2018 Petit Vour box. Click to here to read what she got and what she loved!


Suntegrity Vanish Organic Cleansing Oil

I've heard of Suntegrity before. It's possible that I've tried one of their products before and I just don't remember.  After trying this cleansing oil, it totally makes sense why I wouldn't remember trying them.  This cleansing oil was so weird and ineffective.  It's supposed to remove makeup, suncreen, and dirt from your face.  It definitely breaks up everything on your face (I didn't use it on my eyes), but it just moves it around on your skin.  

I first tried this with a thin layer of foundation that I had on the back of my hand.  I used the cleansing oil according to the directions.  After dispensing it on my hand, I rubbed it into the foundation.  The foundation did break up on my skin, but the oil would not come off.  I had to wash it off with hand soap twice to get all off the oil and foundation completely off my hand.

It was so weird, and it did the exact same thing when I used the cleansing oil on my face.  I absolutely do not recommend this cleansing oil to anyone. It's such a shame, too, because I am such a fan of cleansing oils.  This one is not effect at all!



Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her April 2018 Petit Vour box. Click to here to read what she got and what she loved!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her April 2018 Petit Vour box. Click to here to read what she got and what she loved!


Niu Body PiƱa Colada Lip Polish 

I am the queen of dry lips.  No matter the season, my lips will dry out and peel at the drop of a hat.  I always have some sort of lip scrub stashed away in my bathroom.  In fact, a few months ago I tried a DIY lip scrub recipe that is blown all other lip scrubs out of the water.

This Niu Body lip scrub is just as good as my DIY one, and it smells delicious.  Coconut is such a fun, summery scent and this one does not disappoint!  I definitely recommend this if you have dry lips and need to exfoliate a bit.


Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her April 2018 Petit Vour box. Click to here to read what she got and what she loved!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her April 2018 Petit Vour box. Click to here to read what she got and what she loved!


Andalou Naturals Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream

The last Andalou product I use was the 1000 Roses Heavenly Night Cream, and I absolutely loved using it.  My Target does not carry Andalou anymore (what's up with that), and I'd actually forgotten about them.  This perfecting cream is aimed at anti-aging your skin with resveratrol, CoQ10, antioxidants, and peptides.  This sinks into the skin really nicely and does not have a scent (love that); however, I would not use this at night.  For my night time moisturizers, I love to have a ton of moisture packed on.  This one felt very matte on my skin, so it's perfect for the day time.


Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her April 2018 Petit Vour box. Click to here to read what she got and what she loved!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her April 2018 Petit Vour box. Click to here to read what she got and what she loved!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her April 2018 Petit Vour box. Click to here to read what she got and what she loved!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her April 2018 Petit Vour box. Click to here to read what she got and what she loved!

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Last Looks Cream Blush in Flush

I hope you don't mind a quick pic of the blush after I tried it.  I couldn't resist putting a light layer over the blush I was already wearing.  This shade is not typical to the ones I usually purchase, but it looks gorgeous!  It was a little more pigmented on my cheeks in person.  The actual product is very, very pigmented and blends out very easily.  The texture is so pretty, and I'm glad to finally try a Juice Beauty makeup product!

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Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her April 2018 Petit Vour box. Click to here to read what she got and what she loved!

Monday, April 23, 2018

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | SEPHORA VIB SALE

If you're at all into beauty, makeup, or skincare, then you probably already know that the VIB sale has been going on.  Since I am shamefully a VIB Rouge member, I did my shopping during the first part of the sale that started on April 13.  The second part of the sale runs from April 20 - 23, so today is the last day to take advantage of the sale.

I thought it'd be really fun to share what I ended up buying.  A couple weeks ago, I shared a little wishlist of items that I've wanted to try plus a ton that are on my loves list.

And without further adieu, here are the items I purchased!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares what she bought during the Sephora VIB Sale April 2018.  Check out her picks!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares what she bought during the Sephora VIB Sale April 2018.  Check out her picks!


Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares what she bought during the Sephora VIB Sale April 2018.  Check out her picks!


ABH SOFT GLAM PALETTE

Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of my favorite brands.  Their Modern Renaissance palette is one of my favorites.  The two palettes that have been released between the Modern Renaissance and this Soft Glam were not really my style.  I'm pleased to have another ABH palette that suits my taste.

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares what she bought during the Sephora VIB Sale April 2018.  Check out her picks!


 SUNDAY RILEY FLASH FIX

Sunday Riley's Good Genes is amazing.  It gives my skin a natural glow and keeps it nice and smooth.  It is very pricey, so I thought this small set would be the economical choice and I'll try this cleanser as well.

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares what she bought during the Sephora VIB Sale April 2018.  Check out her picks!


ST. TROPEZ PURITY WATER MOUSSE BRONZER

Every summer, I try to keep a self tanner routine.  I love my pale skin, but it's nice to switch it up in the summer time.  I hate the smell and it's so annoying when the tanner transfers to your clothes and/or sheets.  Plus, even when I rinse it from my skin, the smell lingers.  This new bronzing mousse from St Tropez has a wonderful scent and it doesn't have color that could transfer to your clothes.  You also don't have to rinse it off!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares what she bought during the Sephora VIB Sale April 2018.  Check out her picks!
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RMS BEAUTY WILD WITH DESIRE LIPSTICK IN TEMPTATION

rms beauty has quickly become one of my favorite brands.  After watching Matilda's rms beauty video, I've even more interested in trying all of their products.  Many of their products have made it onto my loves list.  This is the third Wild With Desire lipstick I've purchased, and it's gorgeous. 

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares what she bought during the Sephora VIB Sale April 2018.  Check out her picks!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares what she bought during the Sephora VIB Sale April 2018.  Check out her picks!


SOL DE JANEIRO BRAZILIAN BOD BUFF

Since I'm determined to have a tanning routine this year, I needed a new body scrub.  I love the sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Cream, so I'm giving their body scrub a try.  This also doubles as a body mask and it's bright yellow.  This should be fun, and I will report back after I've tried it!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares what she bought during the Sephora VIB Sale April 2018.  Check out her picks!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares what she bought during the Sephora VIB Sale April 2018.  Check out her picks!


MILK MAKEUP LIP COLOR IN LOW KEY

Milk Makeup has been all over YouTube lately, so I'm curious to try out their products.  I'm starting with this gorgeous mauve lip color.  Funny thing, I realized that I already have a dupe for this from the drugstore.  I can never have enough mauve lip colors.  This is the type of color I tend to use up more often than any other.

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares what she bought during the Sephora VIB Sale April 2018.  Check out her picks!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares what she bought during the Sephora VIB Sale April 2018.  Check out her picks!


COVER FX PERFECT SETTING POWDER IN TRANSLUCENT/LIGHT

Cover FX is yet another brand that I want to try.  I thought this setting powder would be a good start. I have one stand out powder in my makeup routine (from rms beauty), so this one will have to be very amazing if it's going to knock my socks off.

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares what she bought during the Sephora VIB Sale April 2018.  Check out her picks!


FARMACY DEEP MOISTURE MASK

I do love a good face mask and, friends, this one is very good.  If your skin is dry or dehydrated, this mask just puts all the moisture back into your face.  My skin feels so smooth and healthy after I use this.  It's pricey ($9) so I definitely wait for a sale to purchase it.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY | WET N WILD MEGACUSHION FOUNDATION

Of all the makeup products I own, foundation is my favorite beauty product to use.  Growing up with less-than-stellar skin, I was always on the hunt for the best foundation to cover up my acne scarring.  Acne lingered on into my adult years, and over the past couple of years it's really tapered off.  The fun I have with foundation is still going strong.  I have quite a few from the drugstore that I'm trying out, all of which are cruelty free.

So, let's get started with this week's foundation Friday!

Today's foundation is the Wet 'n' Wild MegaCushion Foundation.  If you are unfamiliar with cushion foundation, it is a Korean style of foundation that is dispensed through a sponge in a compact.  The finishes are typically dewy and natural.  I typically have steered clear of compact, stick, and cushion foudations, because the formulas tend to slide around on my combination/oily skin.

After seeing positive reviews of the Wet 'n' Wild MegaCushion Foundation on YouTube, I knew this would be a good option for me.  At $6.99 for .51 ounces, it's a really great deal from the drugstore.  The highest I've seen this foundation is $7.99 at Target.  On the Wet 'n' Wild website, it is $8.99.

THE CLAIMS

This liquid foundation comes in a cushion compact.  The website says to tap the applicator on the sponge once for light coverage and two times for more coverage.  It contains SPF 15.  It says this foundation is portable with an air tight compact and makes applying foundation a breeze.  This foundation contains coconut derivative and is luminous, buildable, and lightweight.  It boosts the skin's hydration.

The one thing that stood out the most to me was how light the foundation shades are.  I purchased the shade 106A, and it's a perfect match.

Here are some other foundation shades that match me, for comparison purposes:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation in Porcelain
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Foundation in 100 (first impressions video here) 
rms beauty Un Cover-Up Foundation/Concealer in 000 (review here)



Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her review of the wet n wild MegaCushion Foundation.  Click here to see how it wore on her combination/oil skin!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her review of the wet n wild MegaCushion Foundation.  Click here to see how it wore on her combination/oil skin!


Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her review of the wet n wild MegaCushion Foundation.  Click here to see how it wore on her combination/oil skin!
before

HOW TO APPLY

The application process is simple.  It comes with a small applicator.  Typically, I wouldn't use the included applicator; however, with this foundation it makes sense to use the applicator because it fits the cushion compact.  You take the applicator, press it down on the cushion, and then tap and roll the applicator on your face.  The tap and roll technique works for me when I'm applying the first layer.  As I build the coverage, I found that simply tapping the applicator worked the best to blend it out.

My before picture has one layer of the Wet 'n' Wild MegaCushion Foundation that I'd been wearing for about 7 hours.  It looked really good, but my husband and I were headed out for a date.  It was the perfect time to show you how buildable it is.  I applied a second layer and touched up the rest of my makeup, and that is the after picture.

Since the foundation is a dewy foundation, I do set this with a powder.  I just know that on my skin it would not set on its own.  I used a $3 E.L.F. powder to set it.

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her review of the wet n wild MegaCushion Foundation.  Click here to see how it wore on her combination/oil skin!
after

MY REVIEW

I have some pros and cons for this foundation. First up, I'll share the cons.  There isn't a lot of foundation in this compact, and it would be nice it it came in a 1 ounce size.  Now, I'm not sure if there's a reason for the size (0.51 ounce).  Maybe the foundation would dry out by the time you use it, if they were to offer it in a bigger size?  I don't know, but this is the type of foundation that I'd have to repurchase more often due to the size.

This foundation has a slight fragrance.  It doesn't bother me, but I am sensitive to scents.  I would not use this if I was having a bad sinus or headache day.  That being said, I do not smell it through the day but only when I apply it. I would prefer it not have a scent, but it's not a huge problem for me.

This foundation does not offer a huge shade range.  On their website, they offer 8 shades that range from Light Ivory to Tawny.  In my opinion, Tawny looks like a shade that would suit women somewhere in the middle of skintones.  There are no shades that come remotely close to dark skin tones, which is ridiculous.  In this day and age, surely they could have expanded the shades more than this.

The pros are more numerous than the cons.  The shades for lighter skin tones have a good range of undertones.  106A is pretty neutral, which suits me perfectly.  The texture is so hydrating and smooth, it makes my skin look incredibly hydrated and healthy.  It almost has a lit-from-within glow to it without being shimmery, sparkly, etc.  There's absolutely nothing about this foundation that's shimmery, but my skin somehow glows when I wear this.

The lasting power is amazing.  I can wear this to work and still look fresh 12 hours later.  Typically, my foundation is on my face for 14 hours (from application to the time I remove my makeup at night) and it looks phenomenal from beginning to end.  Of course, the price is wonderful.  You can't beat a foundation that has the right undertone and the perfect texture for less than $9 (depending on where you get it).  You could even wait for a sale at Walgreens to get it cheaper.

Although I don't like applicators that come with compacts, the applicator with this foundation creates such a smooth finish on my skin, that I have to add it to the list of pros.  I was very pleasantly surprised with how it applies the foundation.  

Overall, I really like this foundation.  I love the finish, lasting power, shade, and price.  I don't think this will last as long as my other foundations, given the fact that it's half the size of a normal foundation bottle.  However, I do foresee this being completely used up and none of it would go to waste.  I will definitely repurchase this.

Let me know if you've tried it!  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her review of the wet n wild MegaCushion Foundation.  Click here to see how it wore on her combination/oil skin!
 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

SPRING STYLE | THE FLOURISH MARKET

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Who's glad that Spring has actually arrived?

I mean... the morning temps are in the 30s and 40s but the afternoon temps are in the 70s and 80s!  That obviously means that Spring is here.  Spring in Eastern NC swings back and forth between winter temps and spring temps right up until summer, so..

Even though I'm freezing in the morning, it feels like spring in the afternoon!

To be honest, I'm ready for the weather to stabilize just a bit.  I really shouldn't complain, because the north is still getting pummeled with snow.  This year has just been crazy on the weather front!  (see what I did there?!)

Speaking of Spring, I am keeping my eye out for all the new arrivals at The Flourish Market.  I think I've said this before, but my one goal for spring and summer is to love my clothes.  Every year, I dread my warm weather outfits.  It's time to just embrace the heat and figure out how to dress comfortable and stylishly while still feeling like myself.

Because, let's be honest, I would live in sweaters and leggings for the rest of my life if I could!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her latest spring outfit.  Click here to read more!
Top: The Flourish Market // Jeans: Stitch Fix // Sandals: Nisolo Shoes

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her latest spring outfit.  Click here to read more!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her latest spring outfit.  Click here to read more!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her latest spring outfit.  Click here to read more!

Popular North Carolina style blogger Rebecca Lately shares her latest spring outfit.  Click here to read more!

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