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FabFitFun Fall 2018 Unboxing & Review

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Hey my loves! Long time, no post – yet again. Life has just been super crazy for me lately and I’ve been busy working on my graphic design portfolio and working and taking classes. I finished some of my work early so I have some time to sit down and write a blog post (finally!) Today I’m writing about my first FabFitFun box, my sister recommended that I get it, so I figured why not?

First off, I love the box! The autumn themed illustrations are so cute. I think the box also came in purple but I got the orange version.

Like most subscription boxes, you get some literature telling you what’s in the box.

And you also get a card with a code to share with friends! So I’m sharing mine with you 🙂

The first thing I got in my box was this super cute white and black polka dot umbrella! Everyone needs an umbrella, especially with the super rainy weather we’ve been having lately. I love the print and it feels like it’s very good quality.

Next up is this Blue in Capri shower gel which smells soooo good. It’s a cruelty free product and I’m super excited to try it out once I finish up my current body wash.

Next is a Luna Rica bar, in the flavor salted caramel nut! It’s REALLY good and I definitely want to buy more.

I’m really pleased with the mix of products you get. This is the Grown Alchemist Hydra-Repair Day Cream. I love that it’s in a metal tube, reminds me of the olden days. It’s free from a ton of nasty chemicals, which I appreciate! I haven’t tried it yet but I’m excited to – I’ll let you guys know how it goes!

I also got two sheet masks from Glamglow, however Glamglow is not cruelty free so I will not be using these! I’m going to pass them off to a friend so they don’t go to waste.

Next up is the Dew It All eye cream from Farmacy. I’ve tried a face mask from Farmacy before and I really liked it so I was super excited to see this in my Fabfitfun box! I’m currently using a different eye cream from Derma E, so once I finish that up I’ll definitely be using this. How cute is the packaging?!

Okay so, I was definitely most excited for this, a beautyblender. I’ve used the RealTechniques sponge for years and I love that it’s affordable and available at the drugstore buttttt I’ve always wanted to try the beautyblender but couldn’t justify spending so much on a makeup sponge. I haven’t used it yet (almost kind of don’t want to, it’s like a collection piece to me now, y’know?) but I definitely will use it when my current makeup sponge needs to be retired. Do you have a beautyblender? Do you like it or do you think it’s overrated? Let me know in the comments!

I also got this super cute ceramic teapot. I’m not a huge loose leaf tea drinker, but I think this tea pot is so cute and would be a great decoration in anyone’s’ kitchen.

Another accessory for the kitchen – some towels! I feel like towels are something you can never have enough of (I know I can’t). I like how simple the pattern is and I think they’re really dainty and cute! (How many times have I said cute in this post so far?)

Lastly – but definitely not least!

A Vince Camuto vegan leather bag. I love the combo of the black and brown vegan leather, I know most people don’t like to mix brown and black together but I really like the way it looks. The bag is pretty simple and doesn’t have much structure but it does have a nice sized pocket on the inside for your phone or keys. I think this bag would be great for a day trip and definitely could be used all year long.

I must say that…

I’m impressed with Fabfitfun and I definitely will be keeping my subscription. It’s not too expensive and you get a box full of goodies 4x a year for only $50! You get so much good stuff that you could totally give some of the stuff in the box away as gifts if it doesn’t suit you or your style.
You can save $10 on your first box if you’re interested in subscribing!

I hope you guys enjoyed the post! Have you gotten Fabfitfun before? Thoughts? What did you think of this seasons’ box? Let me know!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

FTC: This box was purchased with my own money and is not sponsored. Post contains affiliate links.

October 15, 2018
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tarte Build Your Own Kit Review/Haul

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Hey my loves! It’s been quite a while, per usual. I’ve really been focusing on my future in graphic design and just taking some time for me (since my mental health hasn’t been the best lately). Recently tarte brought back their beauty kit set where you can pick 6 full sized items and a makeup bag at a HECK of a deal. I get their e-mail notifications so I knew when it went live, so make sure you definitely do that for when they do it again in the future – you won’t regret it. You’ll also want to be early to the deal because foundation shades can sell out fast.

I grabbed the pink bag they were offering mainly because of the cute tassel detailing it has. This bag is also nicely sized so I’m happy to have it!Here are the goodies I got! A foundation, a concealer, a mascara, an eyeliner, a lipstick and a highlighter.

I was super stoked to see that they had the Shape Tape in this deal since it is a newer release – and they had it in the lightest shade! I really wanted to try this foundation out, and I’m glad I did. I really like the way it feels on the skin, it clings to some dry patches but that’s sort of normal but I was shocked at how it doesn’t separate on the skin like the Rainforest of the Sea foundation does. The Shape Tape foundation comes in a matte formula or a hydrating one, I clearly got the hydrating one (even though I do get oily sometimes, but I find matte foundations look terrible on me). Since I have the Rainforest of the Sea Foundation (hydrating as well), I wanted to see how comparable they are.

So my Rainforest of the Sea foundation is little bit old, so maybe it’s not fair to compare it to the new foundation – but I’mma still do it. I got the Shape Tape foundation in Porcelain, the lightest shade tarte has to offer. At the time that I bought Rainforest of the Sea, the lightest shade was Fair Neutral but they have now added Porcelain as an option.

So the left swatch is of the Rainforest of the Sea in Fair-Neutral, the left is of Shape Tape in Porcelain. You can definitely see the huge color difference, even though these shades (again with the ROTS being older, I’m not sure if that would be a factor to the color). You can also see the consistency difference between the two, ROTS is definitely a serum-like foundation, well really they call it a water foundation vs the shape tape foundation which you can see is thick. I think the color of the shape tape foundation in porcelain leans on the yellow side, but I can make it work. I also noticed that it doesn’t oxidize, which is a plus for my pale babes!

I picked up the Maracuja Oil Creaseless Concealer in Fair and to be honest, I can’t remember what the other options for concealer were. I’m kind of bummed because I feel like this isn’t light enough for me to be a concealer/highlight color but maybe for spots it’ll work. I wanted to compare swatches to the other tarte concealers I have, so peep below for that!

The maracuja oil concealer leans more pink while the other two lean more yellow.

Here they are swatched, left to right: maracuja oil concealer in fair, shape tape concealer in fair, and aquacealer in fair. (Major color discrepancies down the line, lol) I haven’t really tried the concealer out yet, but from the swatch I did it seems like a thick concealer (which I feel like would make it crease, but okay tarte you do you).

Here’s a comparison of the foundations and concealers all together, since two of the foundations have concealers form the same line.

I’m always on the hunt for a liquid eyeliner with a felt tip so I added this to my bag pretty darn quickly. Plus, who could resist the packaging?!

This is the Sex Kitten Liquid Eyeliner and I’m in love with it. Nuff said.

The lippie I chose was the Limited Edition Tarteist Quick Dry Lip Paint in Festival. When they launched the festival collection (like a year ago? already…wow!) I definitely was interested in some of the products but just never jumped the gun. This color is super pretty so I thought I’d try it out.

It’s a gorgeous mavuey-nude, which are my go-tos. I haven’t worn it on the lips yet, however the swatch of it felt marvelous. (Rae, are you even a beauty blogger? Wyd sweetie?)

One of the items you’re able to pick is a cheek product, since I have some blushes that I rarely use I opted for the highlighter option! This doesn’t seem to be available on their site anymore, so I couldn’t link it – but it is from last years festival collection. I really like the compact design and the box design is too cute.

Here it is swatched – it’s pretty subtle but also very pretty. I like it.

The last thing I was able to add to my bag was a mascara. A few they had for options I have already tried so I grabbed something new! This is the Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara, I was drawn to it because of the packaging and the claims. I really do like the mascara and recommend it, however…

I have the Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara already and it’s been a holy grail of mine. I noticed that the brushes between the two mascaras are incredibly similar and they give similar results, so I was kind of bummed – however, they are both awesome products! I think the LCL formula is drier than the Gifted formula. If you already have one of these though, there’s no need to buy both of them since they are pretty similar.

Overall, a successful tarte haul! The value of these items alone would be well over $100, but with their awesome deal I only paid $67 for all of this :O

I hope you enjoyed the post! What’s your fave product from tarte? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Disclaimer: These products were purchased with my own money. I am not being paid for this post nor am I affiliated with tarte. All opinions are my own.

May 18, 2018
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Pair’d Beauty Review *

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Hey my loves! I’m so sorry about being MIA lately – I’m working full time and going to school part-time so my days are pretty busy, but the semester is finally over for me so now I’m able to have some time for myself. If you didn’t know already, I’m an ambassador for Pair’d Beauty. Pair’d Beauty is a small business that specializes in vegan, fair trade, natural products that are all made in small batches by hand <3 I’m super excited to share all of the goodies that Pair’d was kind enough to send me to try out!

I’ll start off by sharing my favorite item first! This is the Sleep Cleanse Face Serum that’s great for acne-prone skin. I was always afraid to try a serum or oils on my face because I figured they would clog my pores and make my acne worse but this totally changed that. It smells like lavender (my fave) which is why it’s a PM serum, so it helps you drift off into a wonderful sleep while also treating your skin. This serum helps to reduce discoloration and scars which is super helpful. 10/10 do recommend.

Here is another one of my favorites. This is the shower burst in Spotlight which smells like oranges and peppermint (amazing combo) to revitalize your senses. Shower bursts are kind of like bath bombs but if you’re in a pinch and want the effects of a bath bomb, shower burst are definitely for you. This one smells so good and it was so refreshing. I can’t wait to try out the different scent options!

I’m wide awake, thanks to this coffee sugar scrub! I’m all about scrubs, I love them so much. Coffee scrubs are especially my favorite since they smell so good and can help me wake up. Do you know why coffee is an amazing scrub? The caffeine in it helps to tighten the skin which can reduce the appearance of cellulite. Definitely pick this scrub up to make sure your skin is looking & feeling great for the winter.

Bubble bars are great for adding bubbles to your bath (who woulda thought?!) They’re super easy to use and can last up to a couple uses, depending on how you decide to break them up. I really enjoyed the scent of this!

This is the Fresh Glow Setting Spray. I was amazed at how well it worked! This one will give you a dewy finish, which I love. It smells great, didn’t irritate my skin and actually did it’s job. I’m happy to have a setting spray that’s made with natural products, rather than alcohol and other junk.

The only item that didn’t agree with my skin was the Rose Hydrosol Spray Toner, I’m not really sure if it was because I used it with another product or maybe my skin is just sensitive to rose/flowers. I have been too afraid to try it out again on my face since it made it red last time, but I did try it on my wrist and didn’t have any reactions. So *maybe* it’s because of the other product I used it with. However, I’m sure that if you’ve used a product like this before and you’ve liked it, you’ll probably like this one too. (I personally have never used a flower hydrosol before!)

That’s all for this little haul & review. I hope you enjoyed reading about a new brand and their products!

Since I’m an ambassador for Pair’d Beauty, you can use my code “RAE15” to save 15% off your purchase! I definitely suggest the face serum and the shower bursts – but Pair’d has so much more to choose from!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

xoxo, Rae

Disclaimer: Yes, these products were sent to me to review through Pair’d Beauty’s ambassador program. I am not being paid for this post and all opinions are 100% honest and my own.

December 15, 2017
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