Vegan Cuts July Beauty Box Review *Part 2- I heart ellovi*

 

Vegan body butter by ellovi

 Hi- I still don’t have a computer- sad times- but I’m not going to let anything get in the way of spreading the Vegan love! I’m posting this from my phone which takes FOREVER, (please tell me I’m not the only one who can’t make the darn cursor to where I need it to go) so forgive anything that looks a little off and enjoy part two of my Vegan Cuts Beauty Box review!

3. Ellovi Body Butter – This is probably the most luxurious product I’ve ever put on my body. I found the texture to be more like a velvety lotion than a “butter,” and I was really impressed with how it left my skin with a smooth, matte, not-the-slightest-bit-greasy finish. It feels comforting- like if you have dry, sensitive skin, this stuff could be your new best friend. I’ve tried it everywhere, but my favorite way to use it is as a night cream on my face. I was a little worried that this oil blend would be too much for my combination, acne prone skin, but it does not clog my pores at all. In fact, I haven’t had any breakouts since I started putting it on my face at night- and those pesky dry patches around my nose, mouth, and hairline have completely disappeared! I swear the fine lines around my eyes have softened a bit too… A little bit goes a long way so I still have some of my sample, and I will definitely be buying more when I run out. At $26 for 3.5 ounces, Ellovi puts those fancy (and most likely not cruelty-free) department store creams to shame. They also make a regular and tinted lip balm for $5 that I am now dying to try!

*full disclosure- I was given the beauty box for free to try for the purpose of writing a review, and the thoughts I’ve expressed here are 100% my own. 

July Vegan Cuts Beauty Box

Vegan Cuts July Beauty Box Review *Part 1*

*editors note: halfway through posting this review my toddler dumped a cup of tea on my Macbook. Rip computer… this is part one of my review, and I’ll work on getting the rest published ASAP! Please check back soon!*

Confession: I’ve never been a big make-up/beauty product fanatic. I tend to keep it very simple when it comes to beauty- especially since going vegan. Give me a jar of coconut oil and a bottle of tea tree oil and I’m pretty much good to go. I’ve had the same go-to arsenal of skin care and make-up for years now, and I’ve often contemplated branching out of my routine, but shopping for vegan beauty products always seems like such a  daunting task. I’d rather do without than risk buying something that was tested on animals, and who has time to research every product in every store? I guess I’m always far too busy shopping for shoes…

So naturally I was thrilled when Vegan Cuts sent me their July Beauty Box to review. If you’re not familiar, the Beauty Box is a monthly subscription that ships you 4-7 sample and full size 100% cruelty free beauty products to try for just $19.95 per month – genius idea, right?! Sign me up for anything that takes the guesswork out of living a cruelty free lifestyle!

When my box arrived I was a little surprised by the size because it was small enough to fit in my mailbox, and in my head I was picturing something bigger. But then I opened it and realized how much good stuff there was to try- a cream eye, cheek, and lip color by Nouveau Organica, a full size lipstick by Emani Vegan Cosmetics, a sample size Ellovi raw body butter, 2 samples of hand and body lotion by Just the Goods, a 1 oz sample of Original Sprout shampoo and body wash, and a 2 oz sample of body oil by Savvy Boheme. I’ve been using everything on a regular basis for 2 weeks now, and there’s still plenty left.

The July box is curated by Sunny of veganbeautyreview.com and the theme is “Salute the Sun- hot picks to complement the Summer sun.” Here’s what I think:

Nouveau Organica Cream Colour

1. Nouveau/Organica organic cream eye, cheek, and lip color in an exclusive peachy pink shade (similar to pictured above)

Oh my gosh – I am in love with this stuff! I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of cream makeups that you can use all over your face, but the few that I’ve tried in the past have not worked out well for me. They tend to slide around on my combination skin, cake and crease in my hooded eyelids, and the color never lasts. So when I opened this package I was excited to try it but not expecting to fall in love. At first glance I thought the color would be a little too orange for my skin tone, so I tried it on my lips because that seemed like the safest bet – and the color was not orange at all – just perfectly peachy and golden, very Summer-y. The color lasted on my lips for most of the morning (I can rarely be bothered to reapply) and it felt nice and soft. The next day I applied it on my eyes- the color was buildable and it went on very smoothly. The best part was that at the end of the day it was still there with minimal creasing- and I hadn’t used any primer or shadow to set or as a base. I love the color on my lips and eyes, but my favorite way to use this is as a blush/bronzer. I apply it on my cheeks with a makeup sponge then go around my forehead and hairline to give my whole face a sun-kissed glow- and the color lasts all day. I would definitely buy this for myself in a variety of colors, and I think $9.99 for color you can use all over your face is a great deal!

Emani vegan lipstick in temptress

2. Emani Vegan Cosmetics lipstick in Temptress I’ve never been a big lipstick fan. I love the idea, but it always seems so impractical- also I think dry, cakey lips are the worst! Lip balm and gloss- yes, lipstick no. However, this stuff could turn me into a lipstick lover. It went on so smoothly and did not dry out. This color is a little “out there” for me because I’m used to having nothing on my lips, but I’ve been rocking it anyway and getting some compliments! The color lasts from breakfast to lunchtime (like I said, I can’t be bothered to re-apply – yet) but the best part is that it feels so good on – more like a lip balm than a lipstick. I would totally buy this in more colors, and once again, at $16.00 a pop I think it’s a great value for the price!

vegan outfit featuring a herve leger dress, marc by marc jackobs earrings, a deux lux clutch, and shoe cult heels.

Bandage

SHOP THE LOOK: 

1. Liza off the Shoulder Bandage Dress – Herve Leger

2. Modern Intersection Earrings – Marc by Marc Jacobs

3. Coquette Clutch – Deux Lux

4. Desire Sandal – Shoe Cult

Once again, I’ve been absent from my blog for far too long- and not for lack of cruelty-free fashion inspiration. On the contrary- I have so many ideas to share on this page, but unfortunately, not nearly enough time to make it happen. I think I’ve pushed myself to the limit when it comes to sleep deprivation because my body no longer allows me to stay up late. I had so many things I wanted to accomplish this weekend, and I checked quite a few things off of my list despite having a sick toddler on my hands, but gosh, those few things I didn’t get to are still really important.

This week will be better, right? I’ve finally finished the redo/toddler proofing of my apartment, the baby will get well, and soon I’ll be rested enough to start incorporating more of my new ideas for this page instead of passing out and accidentally typing a bunch of nonsense letters into my posts at night. Eventually, I’d like to be able to share all of the things that interest me, including clothes and accessories, not just.

So, yay monday, everyone. Let’s go get some stuff done.

 

vegan outfit featuring a j crew t-shirt, stella mccartney jeans, topshop sunglasses, gorjana earrings, a deux lux bag, and modcloth sandals

Tres Bien

SHOP THE LOOK: 

1. Tres Bien Printed Linen Jersey T-Shirt – J.Crew

2. The Skinny Mid-Rise Cropped Skinny Jeans – Stella McCartney

3.  Chrissie Catmaster Sunglasses – Topshop

4. Flamingo Stud Earrings – Gorjana

5. Candy Cross Satchel – Deux Lux

6. Boardwalk Lemonade Sandal – ModCloth

Wow, this week went by so quickly. I can’t believe it’s already time for another LA summer weekend… my favorite!

I hope you have a very good one. Me- I’m hoping to sneak in a little R&R between all of my errands and chores and getting my little guy ready to start “school” on Monday (which means that I get to start going to work an hour earlier every day… oh boy!) Maybe I’ll get to rest in August??

 

Checking in

Hi there…

I did not forget about my blog.

I haven’t posted any new outfits in a while because I’ve been crazy busy with personal stuff. Apartment stuff, really. Looking for apartments, applying for apartments, remodeling the apartment I’ve got to make it toddler proof until I can get a bigger place…

I’m still desperately trying to get settled in my new life. I’ve been in this awkward transition phase for way too long, (as long as I’ve had this blog,) and as much as I try to be OK with it, I just can’t. I want my life back- even though it’s not remotely close to the life I thought I would have. And the thing about me is that when I want something, I don’t rest until I get it.

I love LOVE my new job. It’s super fast paced, I’m learning a ton, and I think once I figure out what the heck I’m doing I could actually be pretty good at it. The days go by SO FAST. I sit down at my desk in the mornings and work work work until I get hungry, then I get back to it, and at the end of the day when it’s time to go home, I’m like, “noooo… there’s still so much to do!” But the great thing is that I don’t take it home with me. I go home and make dinner and exercise and play with my son and work on whatever project I’ve got going on, (I made myself a walk-in closet!!!) then I go to sleep and get up in the morning and do it all over again. I miss acting like crazy, but I definitely don’t miss pursuing it as a career. I love my desk, I love my health insurance, and I love that I’m currently in the middle of a 5 day weekend. Paid time off you guys- it’s a good thing.

So I found the job, I think I found the perfect daycare for my son last week, (fingers crossed) and the only thing left to do is make my space livable for myself and a toddler who climbs on EVERYTHING. Then I can rest. And blog. I’m working on getting some more posts together for you soon, but in the mean time head over to Vilda Magazine for vegan beach outfit inspiration courtesy of yours truly.

Have a fabulous holiday weekend, everyone!

 

vegan outfit featuring a topshop tee shirt, a current elliott pencil skirt, elizabeth and james sunglasses, a cotton bag by sophie anderson, and jelly flats by jeffrey campbell

Home

SHOP THE LOOK: 

1. LA Patch Short Sleeve Tee – Topshop

2. Talbert Polarized Sunglasses – Elizabeth and James

3. Nataly Woven Cotton Bucket Bag – Sophie Anderson

4. Jelly Love D’Orsay Flat – Jeffrey Campbell

5. The Stiletto Distressed Denim Pencil Skirt – Current/Elliott

For some reason I forgot to record what day it was that I moved to Los Angeles. I think it was June 9th, but it could have been the 8th or the 10th, I don’t know why I can’t remember. Anyway, one of the days this week was my 3-year Los Angelesiversary. I moved here sight-unseen, with nothing more than a hunch that something really big was waiting for me, and boy was I right. I’m pretty sure I’ve done more living in the past three years than most people do in a decade. If anyone would have told me that I’d end up where I am right now I would have thought they were crazy. I also would have thought twice before packing up that UHaul, which would have been a real shame because I’d be missing out on so much good stuff.

So happy anniversary to me. I’m proud to be able to continue to call Los Angeles my home, and I’m excited to see where this crazy city leads me in the future. I especially can’t wait to watch my little boy grow up amongst the palm trees and beaches and mountains and all different walks of life and art and energy. I hope he likes it here as much as I do, although that may not be possible.

 

 

 

Vegan outfit featuring a dress by REDValentino, Shoe Cult Shoes, a Topshop clutch, and earrings by DanniJo

Esprit

SHOP THE LOOK: 

1. Point D’Esprit and Crepe Mini Dress – REDValentino

2. Monaco Earrings – Dannijo

3. Satin Seatbelt Clutch – Topshop

4. Rapture Heel – Shoe Cult

I can’t believe it’s been 10 days since my last post! I’ve been SO BUSY. Good busy. Happy. And guess what?! Tomorrow is my last Saturday to work in a store- ever! I’m starting a new career you guys! IN FASHION. Mondays through Fridays. With a desk and a computer and 401K matching and health insurance and dental insurance and vision insurance and paid time off and no more working on holidays AND ENOUGH MONEY TO LIVE IN LOS ANGELES WHILE PAYING ALL OF MY BILLS. And did I mention that I get to help make dresses?! So yeah, it doesn’t get much better than that. Anyway, I’ve got lots more to discuss, and lots more vegan fashion to share, so bear with me while I’m dealing with all of the changes!

By the way, my latest contribution to Vilda Magazine has been posted, so click here to check out what you should be wearing this weekend!!

Also, IT’S SUMMER!!! MY FAVORITE!!!!!

And my three-year Los Angelesiversary is coming up!!!!!

And did I mention that tomorrow is my last Saturday to work in retail?!!!!!

YAY!!

 

 

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