Monday, 14 March 2016

A (very belated) February Vegan Beauty Box Unboxing!

 Hello again! I know it is almost the middle of March and I received this in February however with moving house and having to pack every thing - opening this got put on hold as it was still at my parents, I still wanted to share it with you guys in case you're curious/interested in subscribing to this service in the future!

 Straight on the top was this Atom - Coffee Body Scrub, I already love their Clay Mask that I've gotten in a box before and their pure argan oil so I'm definitely keen to try this! (RRP $5.59) - it's suppose to exfoliate and help reduce the appearance of cellulite, acne, eczema etc.

 Next up is the Ere Perez Pure Rice Powder in the shade Bondi Blush - (RRP 37.95) - this is definitely an expensive one! I've always wanted to try Ere Perez so I'm excited to have this to test for myself - it has a coral and pink side and is very pigmented so I want to see how it looks on the skin! 

 Something that was definitely disappointed was finding this lipstick broken into pieces and stuck into the lid (I'm guessing maybe the heat however that's never happened to me before) - although the tip is very messed up/it's hard to apply, luckily it's a neutral shade so I can still swatch and test it - this is by Lust Minerals in shade #57 - (RRP $32) - it has a lot of good butters and oils in it to help moisturize and nourish the lips and it's suppose to leave a long-lasting colour!

 I'm all into soaps recently (maybe it's to do with having a new bathroom to stock up in!) so I'm keen to try this one, it's by the Australian Natural Soap Company (RRP $5.50) and also you can't go wrong with cute little packaging!  Looking on their website they have so many to choose from so I'd be keen to try out some more too!

Happy Skincare 9 Deep Cleansing Balm (RRP $34.95) - I've definitely tried something else from this brand (or it could even be this product?!?!) and really enjoyed before so fingers crossed I like it again! This cleanses and moisturizes at the same time and you can use it in multiple areas of your body like frizzy hair, bottoms of your feet or a cuticle treatment so that's awesome!

And that's all for this month! (Well technically last month!) I'm very keen to try out these products and you get more than what you pay for which is a bonus. The only negative I have to say is about the lipstick but you know, stuff happens! I definitely think if you're wanting to try out a few new things and brands, give The Vegan Beauty Box a try - here's the link you can check out yourself and you can read here, here and here on previous unboxings I've done before and I've found some holy grail products through them!

Massive Haul / Things I've Been Using Recently!

Hello friends! It has definitely been a very long time since I last posted so I thought a great way to get back into blogging is by showing you all the makeup I've been buying or been gifted in the past few months - it probably seems like a lot but I haven't posted anything since August of last year so there's about 6 months worth of products I haven't posted about!

I'm still in my job working in a preschool however I've moved to Enmore in Sydney which is so much better food wise for me however so much worse money wise as Sadhana Kitchen is about a 2 minute walk from my home, hopefully it'll be easier to do more restaurant reviews now too since I won't have to travel 4 hours to get there and back! 

Anyway on to the haul!

I've had these two shades from Coloured Raine for quite a while in the shades "Vanity Red" which is such a nice red and "Mars" which is a lot browner than I expected on me - I haven't given these a proper go yet but I've heard people rave about them so let's see! 

Next up is my actual favourite foundation from Too Faced - Born This Way in the shade "Snow" - I waited so long for this light shade to come out in Australia and as soon as it was available online I purchased 3 without even knowing if I liked it but I'm glad to say that I freaking LOVE it. I use it every single day, I haven't been using the coverfx anymore because this has definitely replaced anything I own. So, so good! 

Next up I have two new lippie stix from Colourpop - "Topanga" which is a satin finish and "Tougah" which is matte - I have a full swatch review on a bunch more that I own that you can read here but they are so inexpensive, easy to use and pigmented! 

One very, very special gift I received at Christmas from my boyfriend is this eyeshadow palette from Charlotte Tilbury in the shade "Golden Goddess" which I could cry from how beautiful it is. The shadows themselves are so lovely and blendable and the smallest amount goes a long way. You can find a list of all the vegan products from Charlotte Tilbury here
Another (very battered and very used product) I received was the Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette which is really good! The highlight is beautiful and the sculpting shade doesn't make me look muddy or orange at all - both of them are really nice powders and are favourites in my makeup kit!

Something I was very excited about was this palette Carli Bybel made with BH Cosmetics! Once receiving proper answers from them and they posting a vegan list (click here) - I was all over it! I really enjoy the eyeshadows and find them pigmented and smooth however some of the highlighters feel a bit harder to work with so keep that in mind. It's definitely affordable though!

Another product I wanted to try from BH was this 28 essential eyeshadow palette with mostly nudes! There's a mixture of satin-mattes and shimmers and the pay off is quite good. I haven't tested this yet so I'll have to get back onto you but for simple every day work looks I think this would be great! 

3 nail beautiful nail polishes I purchased from Ella + Mila (let's be real, mostly for the packaging) in the shades "Sweet Tooth", "French Kiss" and "My Baby Blue" - I had another purple shade that definitely was not my favourite and very sticky - these other matte shades are a lot sheerer than I expected too so it takes a lot to get an opaque colour and then it ends up chipping because it's so thick, I will try a base and top coat with these to see how it goes for a second impression! 

A few new hair products I've purchased are from Giovanni - I've heard and read good reviews about them so I wanted to see for myself - I've only used the shampoo and conditioner once and had good results but not "amazing" - I will definitely keep using them though! 

Let's talk about my new absolute favourite highlighter - Mary- Lou Manizer by The Balm and I know this has been a million people's favourites for YEARS but finally the Balm got back to me with a vegan list and I was able to confirm this was vegan (as well as other sources!) so I literally made a bee-line to Target and snatched this up and have been in love ever since.

Two more products I picked up on the same trip were these Instain blushes in the shades "Swiss Dot" which is a beautiful peachy pink and "Toile" which is more of a deeper red rose. Packaging alone these are lovely and blend really nicely, the peachy one is my favourite!

 I also got confirmation that these are vegan/contain no animal ingredients and looking at the ingredients myself, I don't see anything animal derived so I was overjoyed - I know there a bunch of vegan liquid lipsticks on the market but I'm always down to try more (as well as influencing my housemate to buy some too!) I got the shades "Committed", "Chivalrous", "Sentimental", "Devoted" and "Loyal" and I've been trying them out - I might just do a liquid lipstick master comparison post!

And lastly, I picked up 3 shades from the matte Milani range in "Matte Nude", "Matte Darling" and "Matte Confident" - of course I gravitate to the red however I've actually been mixing the nude and pink together for work and enjoying it!

And yes, finally - that's all!

I'm sorry for my long hiatus and this very long post back - I will try to bring you more updates regularly and I hope you've been doing great in the new year! What new products have you been trying?

As always, thank you for reading! XO