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Cruelty Free Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Hey my loves! Mother’s Day is on May 12th and I wanted to make a gift guide featuring cruelty free products to help you out when shopping for gifts this year! I decided to break it into three categories: fragrance, skincare & body care – so you’ll be able to find something that your Mother will love! These are all different price ranges too so I’m sure something will fit into your budget. I personally love shopping at Ulta for beauty products since they always have a coupon available and typically have some pretty great deals. Right now, if you spend $40 on fragrance, you’ll get a free tote with your purchase!

Fragrance


Marc Jacobs Daisy Roller Ball Trio Box – $45

I think that roller ball sets are a really nice gift! You get the option to try out a few different fragrances without having to buy a full sized bottle or get a tiny sample. This makes it easier for someone to really try out the fragrance to see if they like it. I personally LOVE the smell of the Daisy perfume. I haven’t tried the other versions, but I’m sure they smell great too!

DefineMe Fragrance Roller Ball Sampler Set – $21

Here is another roller ball sampler set. I haven’t tried DefineMe yet but I’ve really wanted to after hearing a review from Rhian HY! I think this would be a good gift because there’s lots of different scents to choose from so there has to be one in there that she’ll like…maybe she’ll even share with you! I also love the illustrations and “personality” that they’ve given each fragrance.

Harvey Prince Hello Perfume – $57

So this fragrance isn’t available at Ulta, but I just had to include it. I got a sample of “Hello” in a box from somewhere and I absolutely fell in love with it. It is such a gorgeous scent and it’s definitely perfect for Spring. Harvey Prince is cruelty free & vegan and I like their philosophy.

Skincare

Andalou Naturals Age Defying Kit – $19.99

Skincare is important no matter what your age is. I think that this age defying kit would be perfect as a Mother’s day gift! This kit includes a cleansing milk, a toning refresher, an enzyme mask, a peptide perfecting cream and a night repair cream – everything you’d need to start a new skincare regime!

The Body Stop Drops of Youth Set – $49

This is also a good set to get into a skincare routine! I love The Body Shop and so does my mom, so I know that this would be perfect for her. It comes with a youth concentrate and and a face cream.

Michael Todd Beauty 3-in-1 Anti-Aging Eye Corrector – $89

So this is the most expensive thing in this gift guide, but I do think that it’s worth the price. I got my sister a Soniclear from Michael Todd a few years ago for Christmas and she loves it – so I know that Michael Todd is a reliable brand. So this set come with an intensive eye cream treatment meant to reduce fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. This set also comes with a rechargeable Sonic eraser which is an “infusion” device that will make your products reach the deeper layers of your skin.

Body Care

Ulta Beauty Coconut Cream Body Wash – $9.50

You can never go wrong with giving body wash as a gift! It’s frustrating when you run out without realizing and don’t have any back ups to use (unless this only happens to me? hm…) I’ve tried this body wash before in a travel size when I went on a cruise. It smells great and works well – they have other scents too so pick what your mom would like best! These are a great alternative to Bath & Body Works who are NOT cruelty free.

Ulta Beauty Peppermint Moisturizing Foot Balm – $12.50

 This is unfortunately sold out while this post is going up, but try to see if you can find it in your local Ulta store! I think this would be a great item to throw into a pedicure basket that you could easily gift your Mom. Grab a couple nail polishes (I suggest ORLY or Wet N Wild!), a nail file or two, and a bath salt so she can soak her feet. The possibilities are endless!

Ulta Beauty Brightening Vitamin C Body Scrub – $18.50

I looooove body scrubs. I think this one would be perfect as a Mother’s Day gift. You could also add this to a basket with some lotion and a new pair of slippers for a personalized gift!

That’s it for the Mother’s Day Gift Guide! I hope you enjoyed the post. Did anything in this guide spark your interest? Let me know 🙂 Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by Ulta Beauty and does not contain affiliate links.

April 27, 2019
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Love Goodly Aug/Sept 2018 Unboxing & Review

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This is a little bit (okay, a lotta bit!) late, but better late than never, right? Today I’m sharing my most recent Love Goodly box. Love Goodly is a bi-monthly cruelty free & vegan beauty subscription box. The box is $34.95 bi-monthly and you get over $80+ worth of products in each box. They also have an online store where you can purchase brands that have been in previous boxes. I’ve been subscribed to Love Goodly for a while now and I like that you can skip your next box if you wish, which I’ve had to do a couple of times. You can read my previous unboxings here!

Like most subscription boxes, you get a card telling you what’s inside and it’s value. This box had $88+ value and I got 5 full sized items.

Everything Branded – Stainless Straw – $3.50

First up is this awesome stainless straw! I love that this was something we got in our box because I’ve been wanting to purchase one for daily use.

Axiology Natural Lipstick – The Goodness – $30

Next up is a lipstick from Axiology in the shade the Goodness. First of all, I love the packaging. The graphic designer in me gets so happy when I see cute packaging for products.

The lipstick comes in a pretty gold bullet case and I think it’s gorgeous.

The shade is a pretty nude with some shimmer. It’s definitely not a color that I would wear everyday, but it is a stunning color. I think I’ll be wearing it on Thanksgiving!

Balanced Guru – Organic Balanced Scalp Treatment – $23

 

Here we have a scalp treatment, which is something I’ve never seen or heard of before. This claims to alleviate the need for dry shampoo since it’s supposed to balance the oils that are already on our scalp (I’m a bit skeptical).

I like the bottle that it comes in and it has a dropper so it would make it easier to apply to your scalp. I have yet to try this out, but I’m curious about it since I get oily pretty quickly sometimes.

Doctor Rogers – Restore Healing Balm – $30

This is a petroleum free balm that can help with many skin ailments, like chapped lips, dry/cracked skin, to cover cuts/scrapes and more. It’s safe for sensitive and injured skin and I must say, this stuff is a lifesaver.

I like the packaging a lot, too. It’s in a metal tube and again, reminds me of the olden days. I really like to use this stuff on my cuticles – my hands get super dry because I work with paper and boxes all day at work. It also works wonders on the lips too!

Hippeas – Vegan White Cheddar Snack – $2

Last, but not least is a bag of Hippeas! I’ve never heard of this brand before but I was super stoked to try them out. I love chickpeas and I love things in puff form, so this is a win win for me. White cheddar flavor is also a win in my book! I like the price of these, I think they’re affordable and they’re so tasty. I definitely want to try out some of their other flavors!

Welp, I hope you enjoyed the post! What subscription boxes are you subscribed to? Let me know!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and this was purchased with my own money. Post contains affiliate links.

October 29, 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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