Monday, November 25, 2013

Basin gift haul

Basin is a bath and body care store similar to LUSH, but with different categories of scents. They are cruelty-free and do not test their products on animals, but vegans should note that not all of their products are vegan-friendly. Currently there are four stores: two in Orlando at Disneyworld and two in Las Vegas. My mom was kind enough to bring me home a little gift from her travels in Orlando, and here it is! :)

This is a Basin haircare barrel. It retails for $25 and contains 4 haircare products that you choose yourself.

The first product in the barrel is the "Hair Nut" shampoo bar. It contains almond oil for moisturizing your locks and is scented of coconut and almonds :)

The second product is the "Scalp Soother" shampoo bar. This contains coconut oil and cocoa butter for soothing irritated scalps. It is scented with pineapple, so those sensitive to fragrance should be aware. 

The last two products in the barrel were the matching conditioner bars: "Hair Nut" and "Scalp Soother". These have coconut oil, cocoa butter, olive oil, and other oils for moisturizing your locks. 

My mom also picked up some almond soaps for me, as it's my favorite scent type (I'm looking at you, Snowcake by LUSH!). She picked up this almond honey bar that smells delicious and just like almond! :)

They also had this "Almond Delight" bar that smells just like marzipan (a mixture of sugar and almond paste). This is an oil based soap with ground almonds.

I never knew that this brand existed until my mom brought me some goodies! I wish there was one nearby, as she says that it's "just like LUSH, but with more variety of scents". Having multiple almond-scented products really seals the deal for me! :) I'm excited to try these out, and hopefully my sensitive scalp will agree with the haircare products. 

Have you heard of Basin? Check them out here!

Sugarpill Eyeshadow in "Tako" review

Sugarpill cosmetics is a cruelty-free brand that is known for their pigmented eyeshadows and loose pigments. I had a $10 voucher from signing up for Luvocracy that was about to expire, so I went ahead and ordered one of their pressed eyeshadows in the color "Tako" ($12).

Tako is a pure white shadow that also happens to be vegan (it'll say so on the box/their website). It's not as pigmented as I was expecting, but it does build up to a nice white wash. I'm very fair so this shade actually helps me build lighter colors more accurately. I apply a wash of Tako all over the lid and then apply my desired shadows on top of it; because I'm so fair, most shades that are "light" on other people just blend into my skin tone, but with Tako they can show up as they do in the pan on my skin. I also like to blend a little of Tako into the brow bone and right at the inner corner of the eyes as a matte highlight.

Overall, I was expecting Tako to be a bit more pigmented, but it serves its purpose of being a white shade for layering color on. You can find it online at Sugarpill Cosmetics :)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Glossybox November Unboxing

So this is my second month out of 3 for Glossybox. It's a makeup/skincare subscription service that sends you a few goodies a month for $20. I was disappointed with the inclusion of brands that test on animals last time so let's see how they did this time :)

1st item: Nicka K eyeshadow brush.
Made of pony hair. Because I'm vegan, this is going straight to my mom. Do not want. The brand, however, does not test their makeup products on animals :)

2nd product: Mastey Paris Color Protecting Leave-in Oil Treatment 
This product is vegan and there isn't any animal testing! Score!

3rd product: Emite Makeup eyeshadow in Dams
This brand is cruelty free! Swatch below.

4th product: The Aloe Source Jojoba Radiance Cleansing Polish
This cleansing polish is cruelty free! :)

Last product: Jelly Pong Pong 2-In-1 Eyeliner and Shadow stick in Plum
Jelly Pong Pong is cruelty free! No animal testing :)

A swatch of the plum liner next to Emite's DAMS.
The liner is surprisingly creamy for being a wooden pencil.

All the brands were cruelty free this time around (no animal testing!). It was kind of a disappointment to get a pony hair brush, but I guess the normal audience of this subscription wouldn't mind it. I'll be giving the brush to my mom, but the rest I'm okay with using :)

What do you think? Would you get this subscription?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

VeganCuts November Beauty unboxing

VeganCuts beauty box is a monthly subscription service for ~$20 that delivers cruelty-free and vegan products to your door. I've had pretty good luck with these boxes as compared to other companies. I really like this month's, so check it out below :)

These things. All over my carpet. My cat steals them and I find them EVERYWHERE.

First product: Persephone nail polish by Rainbow Honey custom blend nail lacquers

Second product: Pacifica Coconut Kiss creamy lip butter in "lava"

Medusa's Makeup in "Healthy". Mine seems to have exploded all over the package. Shimmers everywhere.

When I first opened the package I could smell mint, and this is what it was!
Calming Spa Seaweed USDA Organic Certified Body Bar Soap by Earth's Enrichments

This brush also came from Medusa's Makeup. It's soft and quite pink :)

Death by Lavender All Natural Deodorant by North Coast Organics

I think the products in this month's box are awesome :) much more suited to my needs than previous boxes. Love it :)

What do you think? What was your favorite product this month?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Moody Sisters Natural Skincare haul/mini review

A few weeks ago I entered a giveaway by Eat.Drink.Shrink for a $25 gift card to Moody Sisters skincare and ended up being drawn :)

This brand is cruelty free and some of their products are even vegan!

Check out what I got below:

With the $25 gift card, I got:
Eye makeup remover
Coffee lotion bar 2 oz
Cherry almond lip balm
"Kiss my Almond" lip balm
(and because my remover leaked, I got a lavender oat mask as a bonus)

This mask says to mix 1 tsp of powder with 1 tsp of water, apply, and let dry.

I'm excited to try what I got with the card! 

This isn't my first time trying out the Moody Sisters line, as in the past I have purchased both their Face + Body cream and their Coconut lime scrub on Opensky.

My face + body cream got pretty separated? I haven't had it that long, so I guess it just needs a stir. I tried using this on the face and it was too oily for my combination skin, so I'm just going to stick to using it for the body.

And a picture of Bagel preventing me from getting work done. So cute!

Thank you to Gabrielle from Eat.Drink.Shrink

Have you heard of Moody Sisters skincare? What's your favorite product?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Fortune Cookie Soap Winter unboxing :)

This season's Fortune Cookie Soap box was given the theme of The Nightmare Before Christmas. They added a lot of cute details, so check them out below! :)

The card says that "Holiday Worlds" whipped cream body butter was included. From what the card says, it appears that you can get one of four fragrances for different seasons. I got "Christmas Town"; mine kind of smells like a woodsy icing? Really hard to describe. 

"Oogie Boogie" Hand Sanitizer... smells of crisp berries, kind of cranberry/blueberry-ish

There's even a little spider on the inside! How cute :)

Roll on perfume in "What's This?": smells like sugared pecans

"Zero" dry shampoo: peppermint and pumpkin scented

"Sandy Claws" body butter: this one smells goooooooood. Like freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. 

"Lock, Shock and Barrel" bath melt: a woodsy fragrance

"Jack" bath fizzy: iced lemon, menthol, cranberry and moss

And the cutest of them all! The "Sally" fortune cookie soap! This is a very clean scent, kind of like the ocean with flowers. So cute!

To top it off, the box came with a tiny jingle bell! How adorable :) I'm sure my cats will love this (and proceed to drive me crazy) with this. 

The box also come with a $10 dollar off coupon for your next purchase :)

What do you think of this season's box? Any must haves?

Get your winter products here and check out FCS here!