The Organic Skin Co. | Review and a Look

For such a small blog, I receive quite a few PR samples. But, I only share the ones that I think deserve more attention. The Organic Skin Co is a company that I believe definitely deserves all the attention.

The beauty products are cruelty free and vegan, and with each product purchased a tree is planted. That isn’t each order, that’s each PRODUCT!

The products are also all natural!

This post will be long. So, let’s get into the products and my honest thoughts.

4 pan palette $28 Blush

The palette it’s self is extremely sturdy. It is made of a hard plastic, has a magnetic closure, and contains a nice mirror. For an empty palette, $28 is steep. With all of the options out there, I would not say this in particular is a must have. However, if you can spring it, I 100% recommend it!

The palette also comes in charcoal and stone. There is also an 8 pan option.

Check out the 4 pan palette Here.

The Pods

We are going to go in order from left to right.

The Eyes Have It Pod “Day Dreamer” $21

Cream shadow wasn’t my thing, until now. The formula is long wearing, easy to apply, and blended really nicely.

The shade I have “Day Dreamer” is the perfect one and done shade. There are also 9 other options to pick from.

“Day Dreamer” also makes a fantastic cream bronzer/contour.

If you enjoy cream shadows, or don’t I mean I didn’t, and enjoy easy and quick application, with a lasting formula… give the Eyes have it pods a try.

You can look at all the colors Here!

In the Spotlight Pod “Lunar” $21

If there was one product I could have skipped, it would be this one. It is still great quality and makes a great inner corner highlight. But, as a face highlighter it isn’t for me. I like that in your face highlight.

If you like a natural ethereal glow though, this highlight is amazing. It did not make my foundation patchy and it applies well with a finger or a sponge. It blended out effortlessly.

You can check out both shades Right here.

Hide and Seek Pod “Porcelain” $21

I did not go into this thinking I was going to find my new favorite concealer. I assumed this was going to be light coverage and hard to work with.

I was WRONG!

The Hide and Seek concealer covered blemishes, dark circles and scaring like a dream. Blends out well with a finger, sponge, or brush. Once the weather warms up here in Missouri I may just wear this concealer and go with out foundation!

I do have to say… the shade range leaves much to be desired. There are 8 shades, most of which are a shade of beige.

You can view all 8 shades Here.

Cheeky Lips Pod “First Blush” $21

This Pod is for your lips and cheeks.

Personal preference, I prefer a matte lip, but for quick easy days I always go glossy. Now, I don’t think I need any of my other glossy lip shades!

As a lip color the pigment is great! The formula is comfy and relatively long wearing. It will not last through food or drink. And no, it is not kiss proof. ( Sorry Coty πŸ˜‚)

As a blush? I am in love! If used lightly it gives your cheeks that wind flushed look. Just like the other products, it blends out easily and lasts ages.

There are 7 shades that you can view Here.

Meet the Press Eye Shadow “Nutmeg” $31

Nutmeg is a matte cool dark brown. It isn’t unique to my collection, but what is anymore? The pigment is fantastic! The texture is buttery and it blended in like 3 seconds!!

There are 10 shades Here, and I really want more.

  • For my eyes I placed “Day Dreamer” all over my lids and blended it out with “Nutmeg”, then I took “Nutmeg” on my Lower lash line.
  • Lastly for my eyes I popped “Lunar” in my inner corner.
  • I applied “Day Dreamer” in the spots that I would bronze and contour.
  • I applied “First Blush” a little further back than the apples of my cheeks.
  • I applied “Lunar” on my Cupid’s bow, nose, brow bone, and cheek bones
  • I placed “First Blush” all over my lips.

That’s it! A quick and easy clean look!

I will never say you absolutely need something, because that just isn’t true. But, I will say I will pick up more of both shadows and repurchase the concealer and lip/cheek product when mine run out.

Personally, I am happy to pay a higher price if it is going to an ethical company that has the well being of our environment in mind.

Have your tried Organic Skin Co?

Thank you for readingπŸŒ™

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Please note, all opinions are honest and I earn nothing from this post or the links.

Jan & Feb 2018 Beauty Empties | it’s a lot..

I have a ton of empties piled up. I haven’t been in a good place lately, so I have been slacking very badly. I am trying to get better.

Makeup

MAC Fix +: if MAC was Cruelty Free, not selling where testing is required by law. I would 100% repurchase. But, I have heard they are making the change to pull out of these places!

Jordana Fabuliner: I have liked this liquid liner for a long time. Inexpensive and works well. Have repurchased.

Becca Backlight Primer: I loved this Primer. I think I will be purchasing the full size!

Too Faced Sketch Marker: this and the Jordana one are very similar. I think I will just stick with the Jordana one.

Beauty Without Cruelty Mascara: The more I’ve used this mascara the more I have loved it. I would consider repurchasing it again once I get through the ones I have.

Sephora Beauty Amplifier Setting Spray: It worked alright, but the Sephora house brand isn’t cruelty free, so I will not repurchase.

L’OrΓ©al Hydra Perfect Loose Powder: works well as a setting powder, but it isn’t cruelty free. Too bad though, this used to be my favorite powder.

YSL TouchΓ© Eclate: lives up to the hype. But, it sadly isn’t cruelty free so I won’t be repurchasing it.

PΓΌr Blending Sponge: these are the best blending sponges…. will not repurchase.

In shower products

(Please keep in mind my grandma stock piles these kinds of products so i end up with a ton of random brands, can’t tell Granny no!)

Tone Radiant Glow Body Wash: I wish all brands were cruelty free. This body wash is so inexpensive and works so well! But, I will not purchase.

St.Ives Nourish and Soothe Body wash: My Mom picked this out because she thought it would help my eczema. It did soothe it during flair ups. But, I man searching for cruelty free alternatives.

Pantene Sheer Volume Conditioner: Smelled nice and did it’s basic job. Is not cruelty free so I will not repurchase it.

L’OrΓ©al Color Vibrancy Shampoo: I literally have no opinion on this. Will not repurchase.

Garnier Sleek & Shine: I used to love this line before I went cruelty free. It smells nice and works well. To bad the brand ethics aren’t up to par.

Face Masks

SNP Animal Otter Aqua Mask: this Mask was cute, but I don’t remember it doing anything. I don’t think it is cruelty free, so no thank you.

Biobelle #iwokeuplikethis: I actually really liked this mask! I have another and will be doing a full review so stay tuned!

Salis Skincare Blackhead Removal Mask: I got thins in a vegan Cuts box. Unfortunately it didn’t work the few times I tried it. I will not purchase.

Sephora Green Tea Face Mask: I actually loved this mask. A friend got it for me for Christmas! Sephora needs to make their in house brand more ethical πŸ™„ I won’t repurchase it until they do so.

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Detox Eye Patch: Sadly, these did nothing for my eyes. Will not purchase.

Tony Moly Avocado Mask: I don’t really remember this mask so I guess it was too great. Will not repurchase.

Skincare

Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash: I love this face wash a will repurchase it! I will probably pick up more from the brand as well.

Wet N’ Wild Micellar Water: I actually really disliked this micellar water, it burned my eyes pretty badly. Will not repurchase.

Soap by Riggs Black Raspberry and Vanilla: I love the formula, I just wasn’t a fan of the scent. Will purchase in different scents.

Box Naturals Rose Wipes: I used the full box but didn’t want to put that in the bin, so I put in an empty packet instead. I think I am going to repurchase the lavender instead of rose. I like the scent better.

Cotton Rounds: I am actually looking to purchase some reusable cotton rounds. Any suggestions?

Ole Henriksen Oil Control Toner and Moisturizer: I love this line. I want to research their cruelty free status more. If they are up to par I will gladly repurchase.

Clairsea Charcoal Exfoliant: I already repurchased! I have talked about his scrub before. I love it!

Random products

Batiste Dry Shampoo Original: I love this Dry Shampoo, but I want to try something new. What is your favorite?

Degree Motion Sense: I started having a reaction to my Schmittds Deodorant:,( I had to grab one quickly. Would not repurchase.

PYT Argon Oil: works great, but the price is a bit high. Will not repurchase.

Aquaphor: I need a better tattoo goo type product. I’m working on my sleeve so I need it. But, don’t want to repurchase this.

Wallflower “Leaves”: I am still slowly working through these. Love the scent but will not repurchase.

Lavender Essential Oil: This one is from Mel’s Candles. I will be repurchasing!

What is your favorite essential oils and incense??

Thank you so much for readingπŸ’œ

That is it for my empties!

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December 2017 Empties|Makeup and Beauty Trash

The last month of 2017! I went through a TON of stuff this month, makes me think this month was actually as long as it felt.

Alright y’all, let’s do this!

Body and Hair Care

Summers Eve Cleansing Wash: No, I will not be purchasing this. The cleansing wash actually throws off your bodies natural pH. A natural unscented soap is actually better for cleansing your “regions”.

Soft Soap Body Butter Body Wash: I will not repurchase this item, it is not CF. Smelt very nice though. Worked well.

Nexxus Promend Split End Mender: This was a hair cream. It is not CF, so I will not repurchase it. I did not notice any difference in my hair.

Fortune Cookie Soap “Black Pearl” Exfoliating Body Wash: I would not purchase this same scent, but I am very interested in trying other scents of their Exfoliating body wash. It truly is Exfoliating, but not too harsh.

Hask Coconut Oil Shampoo & Conditioner *Samples*: I actually felt that these products made my hair greasy. Will not be purchasing.

Face Masks

Bite Agave Lip Masks *Samples*: up coming post discussing these lip masks samples!

Natural-Tox Carrot Sheet Mask: I actually really liked this mask, it made my skin feel soft and clean. For the weekish after I used it my skin was behaving itself! However, I don’t believe it is CF, until I find out I will not repurchase.

Ulta Beauty Pomegranate Defense Mask: I love this mask and did a whole post about it a whole back! Read it Here!

Soo Ae Donky Milk Skin Gel Mask: I actually can’t recall how I felt about this mask, but some how I acquired another one, so I may be able to fill you in at some point. I don’t believe it is CF though, so will not repurchase.

Soo Ae Collage Hydrogel Lipmask: This did nothing. It was hard to keep on and there were no results. Would not repurchase.

Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro-Gel Mask: This Mask, as well, did nothing. Would not purchase.

Home Fragrance

Huntington Homes Apple Wood Bonfire: This candle smelled really nice and was very inexpensive at Aldi’s. Might actually repurchase.

BBW Winter Candy Apple Wall Flower: I love this scent so much. But, ethically BBW is not CF. I am slowly working through my stash of wall flowers.

Makeup

LancΓ΄me Monsieur Big Mascara: I was given this mascara by Influenster and really liked it. However, it is not CF so I will not be repurchasing it.

Girlactik Liquid Liner “Black”: I was hoping to love this liner but I did not. For some reason it just didn’t work for me. The tip was strange I thought and it wasn’t deep enough in color. Would not repurchase.

Anastasia Brow Wiz “Taupe”: Will of course always repurchase.

Kat Von D Ink Liner “Trooper”: I love this liner, I do prefer the tattoo liner though. Would still repurchase.

Benefit Boing Concealer *sample*: I wasn’t able to try it enough to get a decisive opinion. But, I don’t believe Benefit is CF. So, pass.

Ulta Beauty Brow Tint “Medium”: This was on of my 2017 favorites. I love this product will always repurchase.

Flower Beauty Stick Foundation: Surprisingly, I liked this product a ton. It was long wearing with good coverage. I expected it to be drying, it was not. May actually repurchase!

SkinCare

Leeanni Eco 3-in-1 Revolution Light: I liked this product for days where I was too lazy to do my skin care routine. But, I would not be able to use this in place of everything out. It is a bit expensive, so I think I’ll pass.

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil *sample*: I still don’t understand why this product is so pricey and raves about. I don’t think it did anything for me. Will not Purchase.

Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream *sample*: I actually really enjoyed this Eye Cream. I think once I get through some I have, I will purchase the full size.

Precious Skin Elixirs Sea Pearl Exfoliating Clay: I thought this was a nice gentle exfoliant, but I prefer something more abrasive. Will not purchase.

Dr.Brandt Microdermabrasion age defying exfoliator *sample*: I love this exfoliator, but I wish it wasn’t soo expensive. I am toying with the idea of purchasing the full size.

Makeup Removers

Assured Cotton Rounds: These were just the cheapest ones I saw, so I grabbed them. No real opinion.

Hushables Baby Wipes: I grabbed these real quick to remove swatches and they did their job fine. Again, no real opinion they were $1.

Equate Exfoliating Facial Wipes: My Mom grabbed these real quick for me one day so I used them. They did their job just fine, but I wouldn’t seek them out.

Garnier Micellar Water: This product works great, but it is not CF so I will not be repurchasing.

Hello Whitening Tooth Paste: I am not sure why I threw this under makeup remover, but here we go. I really liked this tooth paste, but I prefer the Luster White, so I am just going to stick with that.

Body lotions and perfume

Soap & Glory Righteous Butter: I love this Body Butter, if Soap&Glory is CF I will be repurchasing.

BBW Vanilla Bean Noel Hand Sanitizer: as I said with the wall flower, I will not be repurchasing this product because BBW is not ethnically CF. (They are expand into markets where animal testing is required by law.)

Fortune Cookie Soap “Bonjour” Whipped Cream: I love the formula and scent. I will be purchasing more of their whipped creams if I can’t find this specific one.

Love’s Baby Soft: Y’all this Body Spray has some how stuck with me for almost 10 years!!! So, I sprayed my closet with it to keep the close hanging up smelling fresh. Just to get through it. Will not repurchase.

That is it for my Empties, thank you for reading.πŸ’œπŸ’œ

What did you use up this month?

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2017 Favorites | CRUELTY FREE Makeup, Beauty, Personal Care

2017 is over. This year was…rough. But, 2018 is going to bring better and brighter days!

Here are my favorite products from this year. They may not have come out in 2017, but 2017 was when they impacted me!

We have quite a bit to go through, so let’s get going!

Ulta Beauty Setting Spray

This setting Spray is sold at Ulta and Ulta.com, it retails for $10. There are a couple of different options, but the Dewy and Illuminating ones are my favorite. I find them to be comparable to higher end settings sprays, and MUCH less costly.

Wet N’ Wild Photo Focus Foundation

My favorite foundation of the year is also the least expensive one I have tried! I find it at my local drugstores, and recently it has been on sale for only $2.50. It is easily buildable, has awesome coverage, and blends out fantastic with a brush or a sponge!

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

The Beauty community has been crazy over this concealer. I haven’t had it in my collection all that long, but the short time I have had it I have fallen in love with it. It is creamy, easy to blend, and has extreme coverage. The Tarte Shape Tape Concealer retails for $27. And is worth every penny!

Ulta Beauty Brow Tint “Medium”

Ulta’s Brow Tint is a nice dupe for the Benefit Gimmie Brow, and is something that I have come to not be able to complete a Look with out. It really just gives my brows that perfect touch to make them look fluffy, yet groomed. Retails for $10

Tarte Tarteist Mascara “Black”

I love how full and Black this Mascara makes my lashes look. It gives my lashes length and volume. It’s like having falsies on, but with out all the work! The Tarteist Mascara retails for $23, the travel size retails for $12.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

I get this bronzer in the lightest shade and it is perfect for my fair skin. This bronzer is easily blendable and I find that it can be used to contour as well, sense it isn’t too warm. The Butter Bronzer retails for $14.99

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks

The everlasting Liquid Lip Formula is by far 100% my favorite. I am slowly building up my collection, and I want EVERY SINGLE SHADE. Pigmented, a ton of different shades, applies fantastic, I literally can only think of good things to say! The Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks retail for $20.

Violet Voss Holy Grail Eyeshadow Palette

I just recently made a post about this Palette. I am in love with it. The formula is great, the shades are all consistently fantastic, and the looks you can do with this Palette are endless. Trying this Palette made me want to purchase ever Violet Voss eyeshadow palette. The Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette retails for $45.

French Girl Organics Cuticle and Nail Oil

Nail care is important. The French Girl Organics Cuticle Oil is the most effective Cuticle Oil I have tried. It retails for $20, but one roller ball of it will last you ages!

Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask

Sheet masks are awesome, but if you want one that you will see actual improvement with this Mask is the way to go. I have acne prone skin, and this is the mask I use when I have a bad break out. I always have them in stock. For $2.50 this mask is a life saver!

100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream

Everyday I put this on my under eyes before I do my makeup. On the days I forget to, I notice the dark circle and bags under my eyes much more. This may just be a placebo effect, but I feel more awake and look more awake when I use this eye cream. It retails for $26 on petitvour.com

Luster White Power White Toothpaste *

I drink wine, coffee, and tea pretty frequently. So, the stains on my teeth were pretty intense. Notice I said were. I wish I would have thought to take before and after pictures of my teeth, because the difference is awesome. My mother even pointed out how much whiter my teeth are! I don’t really see myself using a different toothpaste now that I have tried Luster White. I have seen it in my local Walmart, but it retails for $6.99, Here.

Doctor Plotka Mouth Watchers Toothbrushes *

The bristles are extremely soft. So soft infact, that it didn’t cause any discomfort when i brushed my teeth after my oral surgery! The bristles are also arranged and cut so they will floss your teeth as you brush. Now, you should still always floss, the extra help is just nice! I find that the Dr. Plokta toothbrushes make my teeth, and mouth over all, feel extremely clean. These brushes paired with the Luster White tooth paste are life changing! You can get a year supply of the adult tooth brushes, one arrives in the mail every 3 months, for $20.99 Right here.

That’s my 2017 Favorites!!! Not many things really changed the game for me in 2017 but the things that did, are things I don’t think I can do with out!

What did you fall in love with in 2017?

Thank you so much for readingπŸ’œ

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*products were sent to me for review, but all opinions are honest and my own.

Cruelty Free Drugstore HAUL | AKA: I shouldn’t go to Walgreens alone.

I had to go to Walgreens to pick up my prescription and noticed that A TON of makeup was on sale (with their rewards card) and I also noticed a new display that wasn’t supposed to be in stores until next month! Keep reading to see all the stuff I decided I “needed”.

Milani Conceal & Perfect “00 Light Natural” $9.99

I have been wanting to try this foundation for ages. I decided to just pick the plunge and pick it up.

Wet N Wild Illumi-naughty Concealer “I-vory” on sale for $2.99

I have had this before and loved it so I decided to pick it up again, can’t beat a $2 discount on a good concealer!

Jordana Fabuliner “Black” $2.99

I love this felt tip liner. It is super inexpensive and very pigmented. I think this will be my fourth tube.

Jordana Best Lash Extreme “Black” $3.99

Another awesome inexpensive Jordana product. My Walgreens is always sold out, so I got it while they had it.

Wet N Wild Mega Slim Skinny Mascara “Black” on sale for $2.99

I was under the impression that this (and the Skinny Liner) were part of the new releases? Oh well, can’t pass up that price tag. *review to come*

Wet N Wild Mega Slim Liner “Black” on sale for $2.99

See above!

Here is the rest of what I got! A ton of new Wet N Wild Shadows!! I got all the new 10 pans, 2 of the new 5 pans and 3 of the new singles! So, be on the look out for posts about them.

I hope you enjoyed my haul, I know I did. What is your favorite Wet N Wild product?

Thank you for readingπŸ’œ

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*NEW* Wet N’ Wild Photo Focus Face Products |Hot or Not

The new Wet N’ Wild Photo Focus face products have been all over YouTube and Instagram. I had to find out if they were worth they hype, or wastes of time.


Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation “Shell Ivory” $5.99

I am actually quite happy with this foundation. It has great coverage and lasts quite awhile. I thought this shade was going to be a little dark for me, but it ended up working out great!

Rate: πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘


Photo Focus Concealer “Light Medium Beige” $4.99

I have seen a lot of people comparing this to the Tarte Shap Tape concealer. If that concealer is any thing like this one, no thank you. I found that it gave little coverage. This shade was also a little dark for me. It is really inexpensive though, so if you are not wanting under eye coverage, this concealer might work out of for you.

Rate: πŸ‘πŸ‘


Photo Focus Powder “Warm Light” $4.99

This powder is pressed,  but when applied it feels really finely milled. It is very light on the face, and doesn’t cause any cake! I think I found my new favorite drugstore powder.

Rate: πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘


Here are the products on my face after 3 hours of wear. All good besides the concealer!!

I hope you enjoyed this review, thank you for reading! Have you tried these products, what were your thoughts? Comment below!

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ELF HD Lifting Concealer; Review.

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How is every one? Good? Good.

If you have kept up with my blog, then you know I love the brand ELF. It is cruelty free, the cosmetics are vegan, it is affordable, and relatively easy to get your hands on. Sense I am such a big supporter of this brand, it is just logical to review a ton of their products. Every brand has hits and misses, but I feel like people are more apprehensive when it comes to brands that are widely inexpensive. I am here to help you weed through the duds.

Color correcting and under eye brightening products have become mega popular, but not everyone can shell out the money to get a high-end product. This is were ELF comes in. Though this isn’t advertised as a color corrector, the shade I got is called brightening, so I think it can fall under that category.

This product is a whooping $3 on the ELF site. ELF also has a rewards program now, so you can earn credits towards free stuff which is always nice.

Now, I will stop blabbing and get into the actual review.

Packaging:

I say this in every ELF review, but I love their sleek and simple packaging. A lot of brands go over the top, and to me that is just an eye sore. The product itself is contained in a sturdy plastic. The lid, which the wand with a doe foot applicator is connected to, is made of a a lighter plastic. Which doesn’t feel as sturdy. No, I don’t think it would break while traveling, but I also don’t think it would handle being stepped on too well.

Product Details:

“This high definition, skin firming concealer hides imperfections and regenerates the skin for added radiance. Minimizes fine lines and helps even skin tone for a youthful look. The formula is infused with key ingredients Vitamin C, Green Tea and Mulberry for lifting and soothing benefits, and to help improve skin texture.”

That information all comes from the ELF site. Besides the shade I got, which is the lightest, there are 3 others. I can not seem to find how much product you get, it is probably on the packaging which I already recycled. I never recycle my packaging until after IΒ  do a review on the product, if I plan to review it. For some reason I did this time.

Application:

The product goes on very easy. It is a very light formula and it feels great on the skin. I have been putting it under my eyes, on my eye lids (I have dark lids), and in all of my other highlighting spots. My favorite way to blend this product in is with a beauty sponge. It can’t really be built up in coverage. It is a very yellow toned concealer, so be wary if that isn’t your cup of tea.

Wear and Over All Thoughts:

For a $3 product I think it has a pretty nice wear time. If I wear it to work I only notice a small amount of break down around 3 or 4 hours in. I have been enjoying using this product of the spots I like to highlight, so if you want a cheap highlighting concealer this is your girl. But, if you want it to correct under eye darkness, it isn’t going to happen. I am pretty fair, and have very noticeable under eye darkness. The formula is too thin to hide any of it. And the tiny bit it does hide, is revealed not too long after application anyway. Depending on what you plan to use this product for, really determines if it will work out of not. But, how can you really go wrong with a $3 highlighting concealer, amirite??

I hope you enjoyed this short review! Have you tried this product? What are your thoughts? What is your favorite concealer? Comment below! Want more B&T? Indulge in this!

XoXo Manda