Vapour “Mesmerize Eye Color” | Review

Vapour “Mesmerize Eye Color” | Review

You can never go wrong with the high quality, luxe products from Vapour. The Mesmerize Eye Color does not fall short. Just like the rest of the brand’s products, these creamy eyeshadow sticks are made from natural, organic, and mineral ingredients and are beautiful to use as well as to have on display.

Vapour sells their shadows in two different ranges… Classic and Radiant. The Classic colors are matte, while the Radiant shadows are shimmery. For my first try of these shadows, I decided to go for the most basic color they offer, though there are many beautiful colors available. I selected the matte shade Flash. On Vapour’s website, Flash is accurately described as a mushroom taupe color.

This is a really attractive and comfortable eyeshadow and I’d love to try it in other colors. Have you tried any? Which ones are your favorite? Share in the comments.

~Liz

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

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Tarte Colored Clay CC Eye Primer | Review

Tarte Colored Clay CC Eye Primer | Review

Eyeshadow is a beautiful addition to any makeup look whether you go for neutral shades or bright colors. Or maybe you prefer cream shadows over powder. For many of us, no matter the amount of effort we put into blending our beautiful pigments, it always creases. Every time we close our eyes, there is a nice thick band of clumpy eyeshadow in the crease of our eyelids. Yum. My current go-to product, to avoid that clumpy issue, is Tarte’s Colored Clay CC Eye Primer Stick.

I really like Tarte because they are a trendy brand, keeping up with all of the social media hype and demands, as well as making a strong effort to create wonderful products without all the nasty gunk. They never use parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, or gluten. Not to mention, they are also certified cruelty-free, and vegan-friendly.

The Clay CC Eye Primer lives up to all the hype that surrounds Tarte. It keeps shadow in place very well. It also offers an even-toned base and can conceal any concerns of veiny-ness or other discoloration on the lids, and even under the eyes.

The only complaint I have about this product is the cap is really snug. It takes a good amount of effort to get it off, and to snap it back on again.

All in all, this is a good ‘on. For an added bonus I often see it in a lot of Tarte’s sales.

What are some things you do to get the most out of your eyeshadows? Let me know in the comments.

~Liz

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

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Tarte Tartelette Tease Clay Palette | Review

Tarte Tartelette Tease Clay Palette | Review

Tarte is a popular mainstream brand in the makeup addict community. They create beautiful products with natural ingredients. Parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, synthetic fragrances, and gluten are never used in any of their products. As an added bonus, Tarte is also a cruelty-free company.

The Tartelette Tease Clay Palette, a sextet of pinky-neutral eyeshadows has the most beautiful formula.  Each shadow is high in pigmentation, very easy to work with and blend, and has a luxe buttery texture.

For me, someone who doesn’t wear a lot of eyeshadow, this is a perfect palette. It gives me a couple of different color combinations to work with. For minimal eye shadow days, I’ll use the lighter shades as an inner corner highlight, or the darker shades as a soft eyeliner. This baby Tartelette Palette is compact, minimal, yet diverse. It’s impossible not to love it.

In the comments, tell me your favorite Tarte products, and tell me about your other favorite non-toxic eyeshadows.

~ Liz

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Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

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W3ll People Expressionist Mascara | Review

W3ll People Expressionist Mascara | Review

W3ll People is an all natural brand. They focus on providing products safe for both our planet and us, to create “no-makeup” makeup looks. One of my top beauty must haves is mascara. I am rather picky about the durability of my mascara. It needs to be super rugged and long lasting. If it is anything less, it ends up on my under eyes, causing me to look like a raccoon that was in a fist fight. I generally go for waterproof mascara, but I have found it nearly impossible to find a waterproof mascara with clean ingredients.

The Expressionist Mascara has a great formula, not too wet, not too dry. It’s easy to build up length and volume. And the staying power is pretty good. There is minimal transfer to my under eyes – I do recommend setting your under-eye area with a powder. At the end of the day, it’s not a struggle to remove. When shopping around, I was under the impression that this mascara was waterproof or water resistant – I can’t remember which – but I can’t find that info anywhere now. It does a decent job holding up to “water resistant” standards! As far a clean mascaras go, this one is a winner (and EWG verified)!

Ingredients

“Aqua (Water), Cera Alba (Beeswax)*,C10-18 Tryglycerides, Stearic Acid, Copernica Cerifera Cera / Copernicia Cerifera Cera (Canuba) Wax*, Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthum Gum, Cellulose, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil / Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil [+/-Cl 77891 Titanium Dioxide, Cl 77491 and Cl 77499 Iron Oxides, Cl 77007 Ultramarines, Cl 74570 Carmine] *Ingredient from Organic Farming” – w3llpeople.com

What are your favorite clean mascaras?

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

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100% Pure Let it Glow Kit | Review

100% Pure Let it Glow Kit | Review

100% Pure is a brand that I have admired for a long time. They manage to create products that are beautiful, high quality, and trendy while keeping their ingredients safe and friendly for both the body and the planet.

This kit from the holiday season came with 3 full-size products that will work well for the rest of the year to come.

Each and every one of 100% Pure’s palettes is to die for. With highly pigmented, buttery, feminine eyeshadows, blushes, and highlighters, you can create many stunning looks. This trio gift set came with the Fruit Pigmented Pretty Naked Palette II. The rosy mauve blush blends into the skin creating a pink glow. Adding the pink-gold highlighter to all of the high points of your face gives a wonderful iridescent shimmer. The three eyeshadows, light neutral bronze, dark taupe, and a brown plumb work together to create a soft smoky eye. Or you can use one or both of the lighter shades to create a neutral look. The plumb shadow would make a unique eyeliner shade as well!

The Maracuja Mascara in the color Black Tea is a great mascara. It gives your lashes a long, voluminous look. The only drawback for me is that it’s not waterproof or water resistant. However, none of the ingredients are synthetic. Most are organic. It is colored with dark plants such as tea, dark berries and even coffee and cocoa beans! You can tell by its fruity, nutty smell. There are also many conditioning ingredients such as the maracuja oil, vitamin B5, aloe, and seaweed.

Before adding any powders, the Luminating Créme in the shade Starlight leaves a delicate champagne glow to the high points of the face. It is beautiful on its own, but it’s also complemented very well by the highlighter in the Naked II palette.

Any one of these three products is a great buy. They work well separately and together. All are made with earth-derived ingredients that are kind to our bodies and are kind when we wash them away at the end of the day.

What are you must haves from 100% Pure? What do I need to try next?

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Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

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Bottega Organica Skin Care | Review

Bottega Organica Skin Care | Review

Bottega Organica is a natural, chemical free skin care brand. The ingredients go straight from their farms in Italy and Upstate New York into the bottle. They offer this wonderful little sample pack for just the cost of shipping. Included in it are an eye serum, cleansing oil, facial oil, facial moisturizer, and a hand cream.

Eye Contour Serum

The texture of this serum is very interesting as far as eye products go. It is very liquidy. I would describe it as watery rather than oily. It has a bit of a learning curve if you are used to creams. It has a faint honey-like scent and is a light brown color.

 

Cleansing Face Oil

This reminds me a lot of Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Acne Cleansing Oil. It has the same lemon-thyme scent and moisturizing texture. It feels and smells wonderful on my face!

 

Morning Face Oil

Just a couple of drops of this ginger-scented oil goes a long way. It is incredibly moisturizing and smells wonderful. I wouldn’t, however, use it under makeup. It’s a very oily oil. I enjoy using it on relaxing, no-makeup days.

 

Extra-Nourishing Face Formula

This oil based face cream is incredibly hydrating. It’s not something I would use under makeup. But applying this in combination with the Morning Face Oil smells wonderful. The ginger and vanilla scents go together very well!

 

Comfort Hand Balm

During the dry, colder months powerful hand moisturizers are always great to have on hand (ha). This hand balm is just that. It’s oil based but absorbs into the skin quickly and effectively. According to Bottega Organica’s website, this balm is supposed to be orange scented. To me, it only has a gentle olive oil scent, but it doesn’t linger.

 

All of these products are a liquidy formula. The eye serum is a watery consistency and the rest are oil based. I wouldn’t use any of these under makeup. For someone with oily skin, I think these will work but I’d be careful with the amount I apply. For dry skin, these oils will be loved by your skin! I have combination skin and my dry, flaky patches drink the oils right up.

 

Have you tried any products from Bottega Organica? What are your favorites?

 

-Liz

 

Note: Thank you to Lin at Bottega Organica for allowing me to try your wonderful products!

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara | Review

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara | Review

For several years I have been hearing all over the internet how amazing Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara is. I have been tempted many times to fork over the $23 for the lengthening effect this mascara provides, but I held myself back. I knew that I would hardly use it because it is not a waterproof mascara. When I saw Kandee Johnson’s promo video for the new waterproof formula I could physically feel the excitement in the pit of my stomach. I knew I had to try it! By some miracle, I received a sample in a subscription box.

Since I haven’t used the original formula I can’t compare the two. But I can say that I’ve enjoyed the waterproof just about as much as everyone said they enjoyed the original. It gives my lashes incredible length and volume. It is buildable and does not get too clumpy. My one complaint is that it’s not quite as waterproof or smudge proof as I’d like. It smudges just a bit (as do many other mascaras on me). I would, however, definitely buy this in a full size! I really like it, and for me, smudging is just part of my day when I wear mascara, regardless.

Another reason for my liking this mascara so much is because it scores a 2 from EWG’s Skin Deep database! It’s not very often that a mainstream, trendy beauty product is low in unhealthy ingredients.

If you like shopping online as much as I do, don’t forget to shop using Ebates to receive cash back. (At the time of writing) you can receive 3% cash back shopping at Too Faced through Ebates.

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I am really happy with the way my lashes look using Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. A score of a 2 from EWG makes me very happy! If you haven’t tried it yet, you should. It’s great!

Do you prefer regular or waterproof mascaras? What are some of your favorites? I’d love to learn what you like in the comments!

-Liz

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Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

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Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Mascara | Review

Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Mascara | Review

I haven’t posted about many mainstream brands in quite a while. But when one has a product that is both health friendly and amazing quality, how can I not write about it!?

Not all, but many of Tarte’s products are low on the EWG rating scale. Both of these mascaras fall into that safer group.

I prefer mascaras that are waterproof so I favor Lights, Camera, Splashes over Lights, Camera, Lashes. Both have fibers to help extend the lashes and create a long, voluminous, false lash effect. They work! I love the effect they give my lashes. More often I reach for the waterproof version because it dries faster and stays put longer.

To my surprise Splashes and Lashes do not rate the same on EWG’s Skin Deep Database. My favorite, Splashes, has a score of 2 and Lashes scores a 4! I wonder why there is such a difference?

What are your favorite Tarte products? Please share your must haves in the comments.

If you love to shop online, don’t forget to use Ebates to earn cash back on many purchases! Right now you can get 5% cash back when shopping online at Tarte!

-Liz

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Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

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MOOM Organic Eyebrow Shaping Kit | Review

MOOM Organic Eyebrow Shaping Kit | Review

I go back and forth between waxing and plucking my eyebrows. Due to my laziness I normally just pluck when I feel my brows have become a bit overgrown. But when I leave them for too long, or I need to clean up the blonde peach fuzz under my brows, MOOM Organic Eyebrow Shaping Kit has been a lifesaver.

A few years ago I picked up my first waking kit at my local Wegman’s. I really liked the silky smooth effect it gave me, but I was uncomfortable microwaving the plastic container, and I always had little bits of blue wax stuck in my eyebrows that were impossible to remove.

Moom’s Shaping Kit is made out of all organic plant-based ingredients and is washable. If you make a mistake applying, you can just wash it away and start over. To warm the “wax” you just let the tube sit in a glass of hot water for a few minutes. The wooden tools make it easy to apply. Both the fabric strips and the wooden application tools can be rinsed off and reused.

I really like how easy this kit is to use, and I love that it has an EWG rating of 1. When I need to, I plan to repurchase this to have on hand.

What are your favorite ways to manage your body hair? Or do you prefer to leave everything as is? I’d love to continue the conversation in the comments!

-Liz

Note: Thank you so much to Moom for your generosity! I really enjoyed reviewing this kit.

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

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Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Eye Makeup

Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Eye Makeup

Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques is a great brand for affordable, healthy beauty products. A few months ago I reviewed one of their skin care sets that I really enjoyed. Their products are made from high quality, organic ingredients and are infused with many nourishing vitamins and minerals.

My favorite makeup item is mascara. I feel like I look a bit more alive and put together when I wear it. I like my mascara to be noticeably lengthening and volumizing. I also like it to be water and smudge proof.

If you like more subtle, natural mascara I’d recommend this one from Lauren Brooke. I can hardly tell that I’ve applied it.

I often struggle with smudging. Even my waterproof mascara smudges a bit sometimes. When I first tried this mascara I was using coconut oil as a moisturizer. Do NOT use an oil moisturizer with this mascara. You may be mistaken for a raccoon. Using cream moisturizers I have far less smudging with this mascara.

If you don’t struggle with smudging and you prefer a natural effect, this mascara would be great for you!

These pressed eyeshadow duos have a wonderful silky texture. They blend very well and have pretty decent pigmentation.

The shades Smokey Plum, and Sweet Pea aren’t exactly my speed but there are tons of other color combinations available on Lauren Brooke’s website for any skin tone or color preference!

I had some creasing pretty quickly after applying so I would recommend using a primer with this.

I’m not much of an eyeliner wearer. I physically struggle with applying it. Normally, my eyelids will end up looking about as neat and “on fleak” as a two-year old’s coloring book. I did, however, give this eyeliner a shot. It is very creamy and easy to apply. For a subtle look, just lightly lining my upper lashes with this brown liner gave me a slightly different look than I normally get with just mascara. It’s nice for a little change every now and again.

Since I don’t use eyeliners very often, I decided to try this as an eyebrow pencil. Even though I have dirty blonde brows, and the pencil is dark brown, it works! It needs to be applied very, very gently, but it blends like a dream.

Out of these three products, I would repurchase the eyeliner (as a brow pencil), and the eyeshadow duo in other colors (as long as I find a non-toxic primer… any recommendations?). The mascara wasn’t as dramatic and long lasting as I’d like.

 

What are your favorite Lauren Brooke products? Please share in the comments!

 

-Liz

 

Note: Thank you so much to Chris at Lauren Brooke for being so kind and generous. I really enjoyed reviewing these eye products!

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

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100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Satin Eyeshadow | Review

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Satin Eyeshadow | Review

In the past, I have enjoyed several items from 100% Pure. They are a highly rated non-toxic, natural, organic and cruelty-free cosmetic brand. I decided to broaden my knowledge of 100% Pure’s products with a Fruit Pigmented Satin Eyeshadow. The color I chose is Turks & Caicos (it is no longer available on 100% Pure’s website, but it is currently available on their Amazon page).

I really like the formula. It is somewhere between a cream and a powder (similar to but not quite the same as ColourPop Shadows) and feels very silky. The shade Turks & Caicos is a peachy, nude with micro glitter in it for some sparkle. It works well to brighten up the inner corners of the eyes, to add a little shimmer to the brow bone and even to the cheek bone. I found the micro glitter flecks to be almost a bit too chunky, but not enough to keep me from wearing this pretty shadow.

All in all, I really like this eyeshadow and would love to try it in other shades, as well as other similar products made my 100% Pure!

What is your favorite 100% Pure product? Please leave a comment telling me!

-Liz

Organic and All Natural Beauty Prodicts

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

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Tanya Burr Cosmetics Candy Glam Palette | Review

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Candy Glam Palette | Review

I have been wanting to try some of Tanya’s Products for ages! Unfortunately, the ones that I am most interested in, like the nail polishes, can’t be shipped to the U.S from the UK.

When I saw that she released this palette as part of her Christmas collection, I thought it would be a great way to try out a couple of different products at once. I was right! It is great!

This palette is so beautiful! It has great colors that can easily be used to make many lovely looks for holiday parties.

The quality is amazing! I can’t believe this is a drugstore product. The shadows, blush, and bronzer are all so pigmented, buttery and blendable. The lip gloss is very comfortable and it feels moisturizing as well.

Unfortunately, this is limited edition, but parts of this palette can be found on Tanya’s corner of feelunique.com. Things are always coming and going from stock on the feel unique website.

Have you tried any of Tanya’s products? What is your favorite?

❤️ Liz

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

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