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Review

bite beauty's matte crème lip crayon (in glacé)

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Hey cuties! I have another cruelty-free beauty review for you today. I got a birthday present from Sephora back in November (thanks, VIB rewards!) with a bunch of goodies from Bite Beauty. I’ve been wanting to give them a try since I wrote an article about them for a past internship, and learned about how cool they were. They’re a certified clean brand on Sephora’s website. Today, I’ll be reviewing Bite’s Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Glacé.

I’d never used a lip crayon this thin before, so I was a little nervous about giving this a try. I started by lining my lips, which I never do (I tried once and it was a fail), and continued coloring in my lips from the outside in, playing with the angles of the crayon a little bit. Because it was so fine, I could use as little or as much as I wanted, and touch up little areas. I had a lot of control, which I loved.

Hands down, my favorite thing about this lip crayon is the color. I did my nails a similar color when I took these photos, so I was thriving. I really love the way this color looks with my skin and features. I’ve been looking for a neutral-ish berry pink color like this for a while, so I’m really happy this was in my birthday present.

As much as I love this color, this formula does have its drawbacks. For starters, I don’t find it as hydrating as its description boasts, but I also haven’t tried it with my Agave Lip Balm yet, so stay tuned! The dryness made it difficult to reapply. Since my lips were a little too matte and dry, the crayon would sometimes snag or clump.

This is also supposed to be a long-lasting formula, and it definitely is, but I find that the color fades and changes into something more tan, and I have to reapply it more often to make sure the color remains the same. It dries out like a lip stain, which I really don’t like.

Though I’m hesitant to fully endorse this formula, I personally think the color and precision of the lip crayon are worth it over the dryness and fading. I definitely want to give more Bite Beauty products a try, like the Amuse Bouche Lipstick and Agave Lip Balm that were also in my birthday present. Stay tuned for more cruelty-free beauty reviews coming your way!

For more information about going cruelty-free, check out PETA’s Searchable Database or Cruelty-Free Kitty’s alphabetized list of cruelty-free brands.

milani conceal and perfect 2-in-1 foundation and concealer

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Hello, my lovelies! I’m back with another cruelty-free beauty review. I told you guys a while ago that I’m trying to think out of the box more and try some new things! This time around, I decided to check out Milani’s Conceal and Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer. When I was researching cruelty-free foundations, this one came up a lot! People said it had a really great finish and amazing coverage.

I definitely agree that this foundation is great with coverage, but unfortunately, I wasn’t a huge fan of this formula. Obviously, coverage is essential with foundation, but I think because this is both a concealer and a foundation, the formula is super thick. I had a really hard time applying this evenly, so I didn’t get that flawless finish I read about.

This also wasn’t really my shade. There was a limited amount of shades at CVS, and the darker shade was too dark, so I went with this one, 00 Light Natural. Now that I’m looking at Milani’s website, I see that there are way more shades, and 00A Porcelain, which is Fair with Neutral Pink Undertone, would probably be better for me. This one made me look really yellow, most likely because it has a peach undertone. Maybe if I really needed the coverage, this would’ve looked better (even though this is considered light-to-medium coverage).

Overall, this foundation was just a little too thick, so my face looked really cakey and unnatural. Most of the time, I had a really hard time matching my face to my neck. If you’re looking for something full-coverage, definitely give this formula a try and let me know how you like it in the comments! It’s just not for me.

If you’re interested in going cruelty-free, check out PETA’s Searchable Database and Cruelty-Free Kitty’s alphabetized list of cruelty-free brands. If you have any cruelty-free recommendations, please comment them below!

shea moisture's 100% virgin coconut oil daily hydration glow priming moisturizer

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Hey angels! I’m so excited to share Shea Moisture’s 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Glow Priming Moisturizer with you all! Influenster sent some to me in my Prep VoxBox to honestly review. And it's even cruelty-free!

At first, I was really afraid to use it because my skin usually reacts horribly to coconut oil. I've written about it before, I think it’s a little too hydrating for my skin, because every time I over-moisturize, I have the same reaction: big, painful pimples and irritated skin. I love coconut oil for cooking, and I fully understand the benefits of using it, but it just doesn’t work for me.

...Until! This moisturizer came into my life! I waited until after my sorority’s formal so I wouldn’t get any zits, and first tried it on a hot day to test how good this primer does its job. Sweat is the ultimate test!

Applying this moisturizer/primer is super relaxing. The smell is absolutely divine, and the texture is amazing! The package says to massage it onto your face in circles, which is a really relaxing way to start my morning. I feel like I’m babying my face :’) And a little goes a long way. I’m not even halfway done through the smaller sample package Influenster sent me, and I’ve used it four or five times. The formula carries wonderfully.

And the best part? It actually works! My makeup stayed on my face for the whole day, barely even smudging. I always say that I can never tell a significant difference in my skin with products like this, but this actually made a noticeable difference. I didn’t react to the coconut oil at all, which really surprised me, especially since this product is super moisturizing! No zits or irritation or anything. This morning I was looking in the mirror and noticed how great my skin looked. I really was glowing!

I’m seriously, very pleasantly surprised with this primer/moisturizer. I definitely plan on buying myself a jar when I’m done with my sample. As you can see in the photo up there, this moisturizer is also free of parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, and sulfates. I’d recommend this to anyone, even if you have sensitive skin! 

If you’re interested in going cruelty-free, check out PETA’s Searchable Database and Cruelty-Free Kitty’s alphabetized list of cruelty-free brands. If you have any cruelty-free recommendations, please comment them below!

foot petals' technogel tip toes!

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A couple weeks ago, Influenster sent me a bunch of cool stuff for me to review, so today I’m sharing Foot Petals’ Technogel Tip Toes with you all :’) I was so excited they decided to send me these because the balls of my feet always hurt, especially when I wear heels. I decided to test these out when I was going to a frat party in 5-inch heels. I was so surprised at how good they felt immediately!

The sweet spot for these guys, which provide a ton of support for the balls of your feet, is the little space between your toes and the top of your foot. As I walked, I felt like I was getting a mini massage! When my feet slid forwards in my shoes, the balls of my feet hit into the squishiness of these gel inserts. My feet barely hurt the next morning!

My only complaint about these is that my pinky toes really hurt. I felt like all of my toes were being supported except them, which kinda sucked since they were already rubbing against the sides of my shoes. Thankfully, Foot Petals makes Pressure Pointz spot inserts that look like exactly what I need. I definitely trust them after trying these out. 

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The webpage also says that these can be transferred from shoe to shoe, but when I tried taking them out of my heels, they felt really sticky. I was afraid I’d rip them. I was also afraid that I wouldn’t be able to find the exact spots I liked in those shoes again.

Overall though, I’d definitely recommend these to anyone. They made a significant difference in my night out. If you have any heels or shoes that really irritate you, try these out before ditching them!

Cruelty-Free Beauty: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

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The other day, I went to Sephora with one of my beauty-obsessed sorority sisters and came across Kat Von D Beauty. I've been hearing a ton of great things about Kat Von D lately, so I decided to try out one of her lip colors since my lipgloss had worn off. I picked a dark tan color called Sanctuary, and as soon as I tested it, my sister started freaking out. "HOLY SHIT! YOU HAVE TO GET IT!" 

I've been looking for a deep tan lip color for a while, and this one was absolutely perfect. It really was my shade. I'm in love! I wasn't planning on buying anything at Sephora, but I had to buy this. And it wasn't super expensive, just $20. 

One of my least favorite things about matte lip colors is putting them on, because it can get ridiculously messy. This lipgloss went on like a dream. I was able to layer it and reapply without it looking or feeling gross. I will admit that it did feel a little sticky, but not enough that I was grossed out. In fact, I think the slight stickiness contributes to the fact that this lipgloss stayed on so well for a really long time. 

And the best part is, it's cruelty-free! I really admire Kat Von D for her firm stance on animal rights. Her line further proves that amazing beauty products can be made without harming animals.

I'm so excited to wear this lipgloss again, especially in the Fall! I'm so happy that I treated myself with this lip color. I'd 100% buy more of Kat Von D's products in the future!

If you’re interested in going cruelty-free, check out PETA’s Searchable Database and Cruelty-Free Kitty’s alphabetized list of cruelty-free brands. If you have any cruelty-free recommendations, please comment them below!

Seven Reasons You Should Buy Kiss My Face's Newest Sunscreen

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You guys know how passionate I am about sunscreen. So when Kiss My Face asked me to review their new All Natural Dry Oil Spray Sunscreen in SPF 15, I couldn't say no! Read on to find out why you should get your hands on a bottle. 

1. It works!

The purpose of sunscreen is to keep your skin safe from the sun's harmful rays. This sunscreen did just that! One day I put it on my whole body, but I missed a spot behind my neck, and I got a nasty sunburn. But the rest of my skin was perfect! The sunburn sucked, but it proved how well the sunscreen works. It's also water resistant for up to eighty minutes, which is perfect for a day at the beach.

2. It still gives you a little tan

A lot of people don't use sunscreen because they want a tan. However, Kiss My Face's sunscreen gives you a little "sun-kissed glow." I'm hopelessly pale (thanks, Irish heritage...), and this sunscreen still gave me a little bit of color so I didn't look like I've been locked in my basement for ten years. 

3. Its ingredients

This vegan sunscreen is free of gluten, phthalates, SLS, parabens, and artificial fragrances. Since this sunscreen is air-powered, you don't need to worry about chemical propellants being in there either. It's made with vitamin E, coconut oil, argan oil, and green tea, ingredients that absolutely pamper your skin. So not only are you protecting your skin from harm, but you're only putting good things into it. 

4. It's animal friendly

I started using Kiss My Face because they made high-quality products that were cruelty-free (and vegan!). This sunscreen is no exception! It's so great to find a company that's as passionate about ending animal testing as I am. For this sunscreen, Kiss My Face partnered with the Beagle Freedom Project, an organization that aims to end animal testing and give released animals a second chance at a normal life. When you purchase this sunscreen from Amazon Smile here, a portion of the purchase will be donated to the Beagle Freedom Project. 

5. It's environmentally friendly

Kiss My Face makes a different type of spray that's just better in general because it's not an aerosol. It sprays from any angle, including upside-down, so it's perfect for getting those hard-to-reach places (like the back of your neck, when you actually remember to apply sunscreen there... but I'm not bitter...). It's not harmful to the environment like aerosols are. The bottle is also made of recyclable aluminum!

6. It smells yummy

I've always loved the smell of sunscreen! When I applied this, I also got a little hint of coconut from the coconut oil in the formula. As I mentioned before, this sunscreen is free of artificial fragrances, so you smell good, real good.

7. It's lightweight

Usually, sunscreen is gross and greasy, but not this one. This formula is so lightweight you don't even need to rub it in. I don't even feel like I'm wearing sunscreen! 

Basically, if you're looking for some high-quality sunscreen that actually works and does a lot of good for the world, look no further than Kiss My Face's All Natural Dry Oil Spray Sunscreen. Buy it here through their website, or here if you'd like to make a difference with the Beagle Freedom Project! Thanks Kiss My Face!