Petit Vour Beauty Box | August 2020

Petit Vour Beauty Box is $15 a month. It contains 4-5 cruelty free, vegan, and usually clean beauty products.

Evio Cleansing Wipes $14

These wipes are biodegradable and made of hemp. They can remove makeup, cleanse skin, and keep it hydrated. I can always use more wipes and these seem to be a great option!

Josh Rosebrook Tinted Nutrient Day Cream x2 $2.50

Josh Rosebrook is a really nice, rather expensive brand. It will be neat to try one of their products. I am not sure what the tint is, as it doesn’t have a shade on the packets. This cream can be used to prep skin before makeup, or be worn alone for a glowy smooth finish.

Andalou Naturals Citrus Sunflower Shower Gel $3

This is a product I already own, and have yet to try. I am probably going to throw one into my travel bag for the lake this weekend.

Ursa Major Sublime Sage Spray Deodorant $18

I have never tried a spray deodorant, so this will be interesting. It is supposed to be instantly refreshing. And neutralizes odor causing bacteria; using plants, minerals, and enzymes.

Sahajan Brightening Mask $15

I could really use this right now. My skin looks dull and horrible. This mask has a blend of anti-inflammatory and brightening tumeric extract, oils, and glycolic acid to give the skin a glow.

I am really excited for everything in this months box, and I can’t wait to give it all a try.

My box came to a total of $52.50. For only $15!

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My Day Time Skin Care Routine | Summer 2020

I have a combination skin type. Oily in the Tzone, dry everywhere else. My skin is pretty acneic. I think I have found a great summer, morning skincare routine for me, and I wanted to share it with you!

Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic

Every morning I start by using a face halo and a Micellar water. I know I should really wash my face, but I’m lazy in that department. What can I say? It cleanses well and leaves my skin feeling refreshed.

ELF Keep Your Balance Toner

This isn’t my favorite toner, due to the scent. It reminds me of tequila. But! It does help balance out my skin, and has improved my acne, thanks to the witch hazel.

Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion

This moisturizer is meant for acne prone skin, and it is so helpful! I have just started using this and I have already seen an improvement in my acne. It sinks in quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling.

Kypris Antioxidant Dew

This serum is fantastic! It has vitamin C that helps brighten the skin and even out skin tone. It also includes algae, that has antioxidant properties, which is also very helpful to the skin- especially for acne.

Murad Renewing Eye Cream

I am 24, and it’s never too early to start trying to tackle those fine lines and wrinkles. But for now, I find that this eye cream is great for dark circles and puffiness. However, it has a strong scent of alcohol, so that is not one I will not be purchasing again.

Blissoma Photonic Light Shifting Solution SPF 25

This is my favorite facial SPF. It is more of a skin tone, so there is no white cast. It also has antioxidants and vitamins that are great for the skin.

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Beauty Empties July 2020 | Reviewing the Highlights!

I have been on a roll with empties the past few months! Keep reading to see my thoughts on some of the items I finished this month.

Skin and Hair Care

Acure Resurfacing Overnight Glycolic Treatment 10mL

This was a sample size I some how came to own. It is a vegan and clean formula. I have tried a few night masks now, and this one has been my favorite! RP? Yes!!!

Sunday Riley CEO Glow Face Oil $40

Serums are hard to finish, I feel accomplished! I really enjoyed this serum, and saw a great improvement in my skin over all while using it. RP? Probably, I have a few to try out before then though.

Acure Pore Clarifying Red Clay Mask

I really enjoyed this mask. I really did help to clean out my pores, and improved their size over all. RP? Yes, once I get few some of the masks in my stash.

Evolvh Ultimate Styling Lotion 59mL $16

I used this on damp hair and it was fantastic. It made my hair less frizzy and my natural waves very pretty. The smell is light and over all enjoyable. RP? Yes! But, I have a few more similar items to use first.

Bioclarity Hydrate Skin Smoothie $14.95

I received this item in PR. I enjoyed this as a day time moisturizer, but it takes to long to sink into the skin, causing my face to have a bit of a greasy feel. RP? No, I do my morning skincare then makeup. So, this just didn’t work for me.

Pacifica Rose Water Makeup Wipes $5

I did enjoy these for makeup removal. They feel soothing and did a good job as a first cleanse. RP? No, I actually found some from Pacifica I prefer.

Dr. huang Beauty Lab Tea Tree Soothing Sheet Mask $3

This mask did its job. My face felt soothed! RP? Maybe, I currently have a literal Alex drawer full of sheet masks to go through.

Makeup

Jouer Powder Highlight “Citrine” $24

This highlight was beautiful. I have never even make a dent in a highlighter before, so that should say something RP? No actually, I have a ton of highlighters and I really don’t need more.

The Grow Gal The Instatint Tinted Brow Gel w/Microfibers $22

I had these both going at the same time, and ended up panning them both this month. It works well! I had the shade 02. RP? No, I like the Milk makeup one better.

Vasanti Kajal Waterline Eyeliner “Black” $19

I did not like this in my waterline. It actually had a problem with smudging. RP? Nope.

I used up a lot this month, not including what I reviewed. I used up $281.81 worth of product! Not too shabby at all!

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Vegan Cuts Beauty Box July 2020 | Summer Skin

The Vegan Cuts Beauty Box retails for around $25 a month. You receive 4-5 full or deluxe sample sized beauty items. All items are always cruelty free and vegan! The box will have a $50+ value.

This months box supports the Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary in Deer Trail, CO.

Let’s hope into the unboxing!

Suki Skincare Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser $11.95

This cleanser is meant to gently exfoliate your skin while revealing its natural radiance. I am almost done with my current exfoliator, so I’m anxious to give this one a try

This Way Fave Sunscreen SPF 35 $15

Who doesn’t need sunscreen? I have been flying through these sample tubes I have been sent. This sunscreen is meant to adapt to your skin tone, so it doesn’t leave a white caste. Neat! The little duck on the packaging is a super cute touch.

Authentic Beauty Concept Hydrate Hair Mask $10

This mask is light weight, but still intensely moisturizes hair. It smells soooo good, and can also be used as a detangler!

Wicked Good Perfume Roller “Sugared Violets” $15.95

The scent is very sweet and floral. From the few times I’ve used it, I’ve noticed that it is very long wearing. I am absolutely in love with it.

Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes $3.50

I have seen these before at Target and have been interested in how well they work. It just seems a bit wasteful to use so many wipes, when you could just use a deodorant stick or cream. I am very intrigued to see how well they work in this horrible heat though.

That is it for my July Vegan Cuts Beauty Box! I am very happy with everything, and excited to try what I haven’t, and continue to love what I have tried. My box came to a total of $56.40.

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BoxyCharm Base July 2020 | Sunshine

It’s time for our monthly Boxy Charm Base unboxing.

The base box costs $25 a month. You get 5-6 sample and full sized beauty items.

Clean Skin Club Vitamin C Brightening Booster $49.95

This serum is meant to brighten skin, protect against UV damage, and help reduce the eventual signs of aging. I think this will be the next serum to go into my rotation, after I finish my current one that is.

Lavish Quick Color Switch Dry Brush Cleaner $20

I have been using wash rags to get pigment off brushes while doing my makeup. That doesn’t always work the best, I’m happy to finally have a color switch!

Ciaté Everday Vacay Coconut Setting Spray $22

I have heard some very good things about this setting spray, so I am excited to try it for myself. I just hope the scent isn’t too obnoxious.

The Créme Shop Clean Canvas Color Correcting Cushion Primer “Purple” $20

Apparently this primer is supposed to make makeup last 12+ hours. That is quite a claim! The purple is meant to minimize yellow spots, which I don’t really have a problem with. I will probably pass this along to someone who needs it.

Pür Cosmetics Festival 2.0 Eyeshadow Palette $36

I believe that we got the original Pür Festival palette in boxy around this time last year, so its neat to get the updated version. I really enjoy the color story of this palette and can’t wait to put it to use.

Over all, I’m really happy with this box! One product is a dud, but the rest seems great and I can’t wait to use them.

My boxes total came to $147.95. Awesome!

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Ipsy Glam Bag July 2020 | Take a Break

The basic ipsy glam bag retails for $12 a month. You get 5 sample or full sized beauty products.

To start with. We have another cute bag! It’s well made and has the same cute airplane decal on the zipper. This is definitely a bag I’ll be using.

Ariul Fresh Herb Hand Cream

I’m not big on hand creams, though I have been using them more lately with the constant hand washing and sanitizing. The scent is really fresh and a bit floral. It’s smells beautiful and sinks in very well.

Skin Regimen Cleansing Cream

Next we have a nice little sample of a face wash. This cleansing cream is meant to have anti pollution properties, which is fantastic.

Naked Cosmetics Loose pigment “Naturally Nude”

I really enjoy the naked cosmetics pigments. They are all beautiful and pack a punch. I can’t wait to put this one to good use.

The Balm Will Powder Blush “Perseverance”

This blush is full of glitter, so I may end up just using it as a shadow, but we will see. The packaging says this is a clean beauty products with recyclable packaging. Which is fantastic!

Thrive Causemetics Lip Liner “Ghizlan”

The shade is a beautiful plum mauve. I really enjoy Thrive. So, I was very excited to see this in my bag.

For $12 I’m very happy with everything I got. I have sense resubscribing cancelled this version of the Glam bag, just because I am trying out different subscriptions now.

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Petit Vour Plus Box

The Petit Vour Plus Box retails for $25 a month. You receive 5-7 full and sample sized cruelty free and vegan products. The products featured are supposed to be hits from past petit Vour (the original basic) boxes.

I do enjoy the regular Petit Vour box, so I wanted to test this one out. I did unsubscribe, because I wanted to try new things. Not repeat things. I have resubscribed to the original box though!

EIR NYC Active Face Wash $20

This is a face wash I have tried before and did enjoy. This face wash is made with African black soap. It is meant to minimize scaring and calm down breakouts. From experience I can tell you it definitely does it’s job.

Andalou Naturals Citrus Sunflower showergel $3 (deluxe sample)

I love citrus scents. This shower gel smells fantastic. It will be perfect for travel.

The Sea Weed Bath Co. Firming Body Cream $4 (Deluxe Sample)

This is another product I have tried before and liked for the most part. I didn’t notice it firming anything, but it felt nice! It has a nice minty scent.

Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum $15 (Deluxe Sample)

This is another product I have tried before and I love it so much. I did wonders for my skin! This product is the reason that my face finally started to clear up after many many years. I am so happy to have this back in my skincare rotation.

Blissoma Refine Clay Renewal Mask $10 (Deluxe Sample)

I do already own another sample of this mask, but I have yet to try it. It is supposed to draw out impurities, refine skin texture, improve hydration, and clear breakouts. It sounds very promising! And, it was made in St. Louis, which is where I live, so that makes it even better.

Osea Atmosphere Protection Cream $48

Another product here that I have already used and love! It’s a daily moisturizer that protects against pollution, but it also makes an awesome primer for makeup.

That is all the contents of my box. I am happy to have a lot of old favorites again, I just prefer trying new things in subscription boxes, so I am going to stick with the regular Petit Vour box. My box contained a total of exactly $100.

If you are just getting into clean beauty, I do think this would be a great way for you to try out a ton of fan favorite, fantastic products.

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Vegan Cuts Beauty Box | Light and Bright

Look at the cute pupper!!!!

The Vegan Cuts Beauty Box is $22.95 a month (US but does ship worldwide). You receive 4 plus full or deluxe sample sized, cruelty free and vegan beauty products. You are promised $50+ worth of products.

Some of the proceeds from each box goes to help different animal charities, hence the cute doggo.

I resubbed mid June, so I am not sure which box it is. The card does state that some products on the card may be substituted and all but one of mine were.

Flora•py Even Tone Sheet Mask $8

This mask is meant to brighten skin tone and reduce the appearance of dark spots. The essential oils in the mask are meant to promote harmony, synergy, and joy. I could use a little bit of all of those things.

All Good Sport Sunscreen $4.67 1FLOZ

I can always use more sunscreen in the summer months. The protectant in this sunscreen is Zinc and it is oxybenzone free.

Aethera Everyday Botanical Brightening Concentrate $7.30 0.16Oz

This concentrate uses cherry, guava, and papaya to give your skin a nice glow. A perfect trail size for summer!

Delizioso Chamomile Night Cream $39.95

With skin calming ingredients like chamomile, calendula, aloe, white tea and hemp oil, the rejuvenating night cream leaves the complexion soothed, soft, glowing and supple. Added essential oils of geranium and lavender work towards leaving skin clear and refreshed.” Their website gave the perfect description! I am definitely going to cycle this into my routine soon.

Dr. Botanicals Lemon Superfood All in One Rescue Butter $12.95

This rescue butter can be used anywhere! Face, lips, hands, elbows. It’s very rich, but skins I to the skin easily. And it smells like lemons!

That was my entire Vegancuts Beauty Box! My boxes total came out to $73.07. Not too bad! I got a ton of products I am excited to try, and can’t wait to see what the next box brings!

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Another Month, More Empties | Reviewing the Highlights

From Mid- May til Mid- June I made a pretty big dent in my collection! I thought I would share some of my thoughts with you on the products that were this months highlights!

Earth Therapeutics Elixir of Dreams Pillow Mist $11.99

The packaging of this product has changed in the time it took to use up.

I love pillow sprays, I use them most nights. I really like the scent of this one. The price isn’t too bad either!

RP? Once I finish up my current one, I will be repurchasing Elixir of Dreams!

Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm $10.99

I love cleansing balms, and I have been trying to find an affordable dupe for the Farmacy Green Clean.

This balm is 97% organic, nicely priced, and readily available at Walgreens. It does work very well and has a nice light scent.

RP? No, you don’t get very much, so I went through this very fast. When you have to repurchase so much it defeats paying less. The Farmacy one comes with so much! I suppose my search continues.

Yes To Cotton Micellar Cleansing Water $7.43

I enjoy micellar waters and I’m not picky when it comes to them. I really enjoy the Yes To brand. They always seem to be on sale at Walgreens and Ulta, which is super nice!

RP? Probably! It cleanses well and actually seemed to soothe my skin.

Found Active Exfoliating Cleanser Stick with Coconut

The brand Found is sold at Walmart, however I couldn’t find this product actually for sale on their site. This product was sent to me in PR.

RP? No, I just do not like cleansing sticks, they seem really unhygienic to me.

Derma E Radiance Toner 1FLoz mini

I really enjoy the brand Derma E. They have some amazing products. This toner works very well and I did see an improvement in my skin while I was using it.

RP? Yes! But, the full-size.

Pure Heals Propolis Softening Toner 1 FLOz mini

I got this toner in an Ipsy bag. It was a nice toner, but I didn’t see much of a difference in my skin while I was using it.

RP? No, I prefer the Derma E one.

Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer Mini $12.54 (£10)

This is another product I got in Ipsy. I do enjoy how my makeup wears over it. However, the scent is a little too strong for me.

RP? No, I have a full-size and once I use that up I think I’m done with this primer. I worry that what causes the scent is going to break me out.

Smashbox Photo Finish Smooth and Blur Primer Mini $15

I have had this since the holiday collection came out last year, maybe even the year before, and I finally got around to using it! I had had this primer previously so it’s nothing new. It works very well.

RP? Probably, but only during a sale.

MAC Fix Plus Mini $16

This mini took me longer than I thought it would to get through. I love fix plus, I just really wish MAC was Cruelty Free.

RP? No, I have a million comparable sprays, none of which are $16 for a small size.

Tarte Shape Tape “Fair” $27

The infamous Tarte Shape Tape. I think a lot of people’s opinions on this product have been changing, but I for one, still love it.

RP? Yes, after I finish up a few of my current concealers, including a Shape Tape in another shade.

Ofra Cosmetics Laguna Beach Mini

If my memory serves me correct, I received this liquid lip in an Ipsy bag ages ago.

The shade is beautiful and I love the formula.

RP? Not yet. I have a few other identical shades. But, if I ever use those up, I think this is the one I would purchase again.

Over all, the past month I used up $194.67 worth of products. That is including the products I did not give an individual review of.

Not to shabby! I am happy to have made a nice little dent in my collection, but there is still a long way to go!

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What’s Inside a Walmart Beauty Box? | Spring 2020

For $5 a quarter you can get a beauty box from Walmart, full of drugstore beauty samples. I decided to check it out!

Hello Charcoal Infused Tooth Brush

Funny this is, I already have this tooth brush and I love it. I am happy to have a replacement when it is time.

Hello Naturally Whitening Toothpaste “Farm Grown Mint”

I have never tried a tooth paste from Hello, and it’s always fun to try something new. This is also a hefty sample size!

Bioré Rose Quartz and Charcoal Daily Purifying Cleanser

I have never heard of Rose Quartz being in a cleanser, so I am kind of excited to try this. It says it is great for oily skin, deep cleanses, and radiates self love. How cute.

Head & Shoulders Supreme Nourish and Smooth Conditioner

This conditioner, is of course, meant to help the scalp. It is made with Argan Oil and Jojoba Oil. This isn’t a brand I would normally use. But, I’ll give it a try.

Calm Magnesium Supplement

I am drinking this supplement as we speak. It’s sour as heck! Hopefully it helps make me calm. Lord knows I need that.

NYX #thisiseverything Lip Oil “Sheer Sky Blue”

As you can tell from the swatch, the tint doesn’t really show up. Which in this case is a good thing. I’m not sure that this is a product I will really use, but it’s cool that it was included in such an inexpensive box.

Overall thoughts?

I think for $5 this was a pretty cool little box. I may just keep my subscription and see what the next season brings?

Have you ever tried a beauty box from a store?

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