Tag: skincare

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Skincare Winter Essentials

Pacifica Face Wash | Dermae Nourishing Shampoo | Acure Marula Oil

 Acure Face Scrub | 365 Body Lotion 

Winter can really do a number on your skin. Living in the Las Vegas desert is especially troublesome this time of year. Luckily, I’ve got these beauties to keep my skin and hair clean, moisturized, and healthy. If you’ve been looking for a vegan cruelty-free face wash, you have to try Pacifica’s Rose Kombucha facewash. It gently clears away dirt and makeup without drying out your skin. Plus, it smells AMAZING! It should really be called “1,000 roses face wash” because that’s what a smells like. It reminds me of walking through a rose garden on a mild summer day. 🙂

This face scrub is my absolute favorite scrub. I use it year round but more so during the winter. It really helps keep my skin smooth and soft. Tip: leave it on for a few minutes to let the French clay really work. French clay is great for revitalizing skin, calming redness, and removing impurities & bacteria.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen me use the marula oil in my stories. I use it very often on my hair. Take one pump of this marula oil, rub it between your hands for a few seconds to heat it up and work it through your hair starting at the ends and stopping about 6 inches from the roots. During days when I don’t have time to wash my hair, I use a little dry shampoo and this marula oil to give my hair a healthy bounce and shine.

I can’t recommend these products enough, they all work really well, are vegan and cruelty-free, are made of high-quality ingredients, and are (except the marula oil) under $10!

Pro tip: Did you know many beauty products are certified cruelty-free by Peta? Yes! Peta has a cruelty-free program called Beauty Without Bunnies. If a brand says they are Peta certified or you see a Peta certified stamp on a beauty product, fashion accessory, or article of clothing, it means that specific product, or any portion of it, was not tested on animals. It also means the finished product wasn’t tested on animals either. Peta’s cruelty-free certification is great but please keep in mind, it does not necessarily mean the product is vegan. Peta’s certification only signifies the product is cruelty-free but it can also happen to be vegan. 

This can be a little confusing since we know Peta fights against using animal products of any kind, so we’d expect a Peta certified product to be vegan but that’s not always the case. One example is Wet n Wild cosmetics. Wet n Wild is not a 100% vegan brand but they do have some vegan products. When it comes to animal testing, Wet n Wild is 100% cruelty-free and does not test on animals. This cruelty-free practice is why they’re Peta certified and included in Peta’s Beauty Without Bunnies database.

When shopping for vegan beauty products of any kind, do not rely solely on the “Peta certified” stamp alone, be sure to read labels and check ingredients to find out if the product you’re looking at is cruelty-free AND vegan. 



This is my second Birchbox. I signed up last month and absolutely loved October’s box! You can read my review for the October box here. If you’re new to Birchbox, here’s a quick roundup of what you need to know:

It’s a monthly subscription.
Each month they send you a beauty box.
It’s only $10 a month!!! (That’s basically 2 lattes worth, and a Birchbox wont make you fat, just sayin’.  )
Each box contains samples of makeup, perfume, skincare, haircare, and/or other beauty products for you to try.
Some boxes come with travel size and/or full size products!!!
You can customize which categories of beauty you’d like to receive sample from.
You can easily earn tons of points and use them to buy your favorite beauty items from the Birchbox store!
You get points for sharing!
Review a product = 10 points (each box has 4-5 products to review), refer a friend = 50 points, shop = 1 point per $1.
For every 100 points you earn, you get $10.00 to spend in the shop.
Birchbox is also a great way to discover many new brands and try them before committing to a full size!

Every product featured that month ships free when you buy the full size. Additionally, their rewards program is the best! Anyway, let’s get down to it.

My October box included:

Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream – 7 ml Value $17.73

This eye cream didn’t really do anything for me. It’s to soothe, brighten, and lift, which I don’t really need help with. However, I do like that it’s 99% natural, the brand is against animal testing, the packaging is recyclable, and the cream has a nice scent because of the lavender, rose, and citrus oils in it. The sample is also a good size and will probably last about 3-4 weeks. Because of the wonderful scent I think I’ll continue to use it to see if I notice any difference.

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle – 2 0z (estimate) Value $5.50

I really enjoyed this product, it’s so versatile! I typically use a leave in conditioner and a heat protector on my hair. This formula detangles, conditions, provides heat protection and sun damage protection, and smells great! The scent is vanilla with something else I can’t quite pinpoint but it’s lovely! On top of all those great features, it’s also 100% vegan and suitable for all hair types!

Coastal Scents® Revealed 2 Palette Set in “Ballerina” – .08 oz Value $1.00

This palette is so pretty. I really liked every shade and think it would work well on any skin tone. Each shade has just the right amount of shimmer to be used during the day or night. They are also pigmented very well, the color goes on true to what you see. The full sized palette looks super pretty. All the colors look wonderful and there’s a good variation to create many looks. I may end up getting this gorgeous palette.

dr. brandt® pores no more® vacuum cleaner™ – .25 oz Value $11.25

I did notice a slight improvement on my pores after a single use. This liquid mask goes on clear and turns blue when it’s ready to be washed off, thought that was pretty neat. My pores did look cleaner and smaller in some areas after a single use. Although big pores and blackheads aren’t a problem for me, I’ll continue using the rest of this sample on a couple spots to see what happens.

ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in “Kitty” FULL SIZE – .13 oz Value $8.00

This product was a let down for me. The front of the lipstick says it’s matte but I have to disagree with this description. It goes on very creamy and feels glossy, however, it doesn’t appear as glossy as it feels. There’s a bit of a shine to it and it does move around a lot. I don’t like these types of matte lipsticks. My favorite matte lipsticks have to stick to the lips, not move around, and have no glossiness whatsoever. The color is nice though, very natural looking and a good everyday color.

Total value: $43.48

Verdict: The value is great and I really like that a full sized product was included but overall this box did not impress. Mainly because I don’t really like the lipstick, don’t need under-eye cream, and don’t really need the blackhead extractor mask. Like many other subscribers, I was really excited for and hoping to get the beauty blender. However, it’s always nice to try new products and being that the point of Birchbox is just that, well, I’m still happy being a subscriber, it’s totally worth the $10 a month.

Click here to get your Birchbox subscription ($10 a month) and enter code “BENEFITPACK” to get a free pack of 2 Benefit Cosmetics samples including Posiebalm hydrating tinted lip balm and It’s Potent! Eye Cream.

Useful tips and codes:
Birchbox ships to the U.S.. France, Spain and the UK have their own Birchbox subscriptions.
Use code: “welcomeoffer20″ for 20% off your shop purchase and don’t forget to add a Mystery Sample Pack to your cart with your $35+ shop purchase! Or try “bbstore100” to receive 100 bonus points when you sign up!



Esta es mi segunda caja de Birchbox. Me inscribí en el mes pasado y me encantó la caja de Octubre! Pueden leer mi crítica de la caja  de Octubre aquí. Para quien no conoce Birchbox, aquí está un resumen rápido de lo que necesitan saber:

Es una suscripción mensual.
Cada mes te envían una caja de productos de belleza.
Cuesta sólo $10 al mes!!! (Eso es básicamente 2 lattes, y la caja de Birchbox no le hará engordar, sólo digo.)
Cada caja contiene muestras de maquillaje, perfumes, cuidado de la piel, cuidado del cabello, y / u otros productos de belleza.
Algunas cajas vienen con productos de tamaño de viaje y / o de tamaño normal !!!
Puede personalizar las categorías de belleza para recibir el tipo de muestras que usted desea.
Puede ganar muchos puntos y usarlos para comprar sus productos de belleza favoritos en la tienda Birchbox!
Se consiguen puntos por compartir!
Revise un producto = 10 puntos (cada caja tiene 4-5 productos para revisar), recomendar a un amigo = 50 puntos, compras = 1 punto por cada $1.
Por cada 100 puntos que usted gana, usted recibe $10.00 para gastar en la tienda de Birchbox.
Adicionalmente, cada producto ofrecido en la caja del mes tiene envio gratis al comprar el tamaño completo. Birchbox también es una gran manera de descubrir muchas nuevas marcas y probarlas antes de comprometerse al producto de tamaño completo! Además, el programa de puntos es el mejor!

Ahora, vamos a ver que incluyó la caja de Octubre:
Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream – 7 ml Valor $17.73

Esta crema para los ojos realmente no hizo nada por mí. Es para calmar, aclarar, y levantar la piel debajo de los ojos, realmente no tengo necesidad para este producto. Sin embargo, me gusta que es 99% natural, la marca está en contra de la experimentación con animales, el embalaje es reciclable, y la crema tiene un agradable olor a causa de la lavanda, rosa, y aceites de cítricos contenidos. La muestra es de buen tamaño y es probable que dure alrededor de 3-4 semanas. Debido al olor maravilloso creo que voy a seguir utilizando para ver si noto alguna diferencia.

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle – 2 0z (estimado) Valor $5.50

Me gustó mucho este producto, es tan versátil! Suelo utilizo un acondicionador que no se enjuaga y un protector de calor en mi cabello. Esta fórmula desenreda, acondiciona, proporciona protección contra el calor y el daño solar, y huele genial! El aroma es de vainilla con otra cosa que no puedo descifrar, pero es una maravilla! Además de todos esos atributos geniales, es también 100% vegano y apta para todo tipo de cabello!

Coastal Scents® Revealed 2 Palette Set in “Ballerina” – .08 oz Valor $1.00

Esta paleta es tan bonita. Me gustaron mucho todos los colores y creo que funcionarían bien con cualquier tono de piel. Cada sombra tiene la cantidad perfecta de brillo para ser utilizada durante el día o la noche. También se pigmentan muy bien, el color continúa fiel a lo que ves. La paleta de tamaño completo se ve super bonita. Todos los colores se ven maravilloso y hay una buena variación para crear muchas combinaciones. Alamejor compre esta paleta preciosa.

dr. brandt® pores no more® vacuum cleaner™ – .25 oz Valor $11.25

Note una leve mejoría en mis poros después de un solo uso. Esta máscara líquida es clara y se vuelve azul cuando está lista para enjuagarse, eso se me hizo genial. Mis poros parecían más limpio y más pequeño en algunas zonas después de un solo uso. Aunque poros agrandados y puntos negros no son un problema para mí, voy a seguir usando el resto de esta muestra para ver qué pasa.

ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick en “Kitty” TAMAÑO COMPLETO – .13 oz Valor $8.00

Este producto me decepcionó. El embalaje dice que es mate, pero no estoy de acuerdo con esta descripción. La textura es demasiado cremosa , sin embargo, no parece tan brillante como se siente. Tiene un poco de brillo y se mueve bastante. No me gusta este tipo de labial mate. Mis lápices de labios mate favoritos tienen que agarrarse bien a los labios, no moverse, y no tener brillo. El color de este labial es bonito, muy natural y un buen color para todos los días.

Valor total: $43.48

Veredicto: El valor es grande y me gusta mucho que un producto de tamaño completo estaba incluido, pero en general, esta caja no me impresionó. Principalmente porque no me gusta mucho el lápiz de labios, no necesito crema para debajo de los ojos, y realmente no necesito la máscara extractora de puntos negros. Al igual que muchos otros suscriptores, yo estaba muy emocionado por y con la esperanza de conseguir la esponja de belleza (beauty blender). Sin embargo, siempre es agradable probar nuevos productos y eso mismo es el punto de Birchbox, por eso estoy contenta de ser un suscriptor, vale los $10 al mes totalmente.

Oprima aquí para obtener su suscripción de Birchbox ($10 al mes) e introducir el código “BENEFITPACK” para conseguir un paquete gratuito de 2 muestras de Benefit Cosmetics incluyendo Posiebalm hidratante bálsamo tintado para los labios  y It’s Potent! crema para los ojos.

Consejos y códigos útiles:
Birchbox envia  a los EE.UU.. Francia, España y el Reino Unido tienen sus propias suscripciones de Birchbox.
Use el código: “welcomeoffer20” para recibir 20% de descuento en su compra en la tienda  y no se olvide de añadir un paquete de Muestras de Misterio con su compra de $35 o mas! O pruebe el codigo “bbstore100” para recibir 100 puntos de bono cuando se inscriba!