*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:
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!
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!