Vegan Cuts May Beauty Box Review

 Vegan Cuts May Beauty Box Review

The May Beauty Box from Vegan Cuts contained a little bit of everything! I love when the boxes have a variety of items. This one covered makeup, perfume, hair styling, and skin care. The Vegan Cuts Beauty Box is a monthly subscription service that delivers 4-7 cruelty free and vegan items directly to your door. It can also be shipped worldwide! It’s a great way to try new brands and new products without the commitment of buying the full-size version.

Included in the May Beauty Box that I received was:

  • Gourmet Body Treats Raw Finishing Powder – This finishing powder is not just cruelty free and vegan, but it is also raw! Included in the box was a full-size version of this product. I have never used a raw makeup product before, so I am excited to give this one a try. You can buy this item directly through Vegan Cuts.
  • Sevi Blue Yarrow Sea Salt Texturizer – This product is cruelty free, vegan, GMO-free, and gluten-free. The Beauty Box included a 2.15 ounce spray bottle container. Somehow I think that I am the only person who has never used a sea salt spray. It also has a very subtle herbal scent. I am also excited to give this a try!
  • SkinAgain Youth Age-Defying Treatment Lotion – This full size lotion claims to diminish wrinkles, dark spots, loss of elasticity, and hyper-pigmentation. It’s also paraben-free and fragrance-free. It also claims to help preserve collagen. Personally, I think that it is never too early to start being preventative with your skincare. You can buy this item directly through Vegan Cuts.
  • Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Lash Strengthening Mascara – This sample size mascara is adorable! This mascara also contains horsetail and nettle, which are said to help reduce hair loss and increase hair growth. It also contains aloe. So far, I have not had the best luck with natural mascaras. I am interested to see how this one goes.
  • Tallulah Jane Aiyana Natural Eud fe Parfum – This is the second sample of this perfume that I have received in a Vegan Cuts beauty box. Thankfully, I love how it smells! It’s a mix of moroccan rose, vanilla, and lemon. Totally yummy and perfect for summer.
  • Goddess Garden Organics Sunny Body Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 – A good vegan sunscreen can be hard to find, and a good natural sunscreen can be even harder to find. This single use sample will be great to keep in my purse or to travel with this summer.

One of things that I have mentioned several times before is that I love when the beauty box introduces me to new brands. All but one of these brands were new to me and all but one item in the May Beauty Box are items that I have yet to try. I am really excited to try out these new items and post some reviews here on Logical Harmony! This is one of the great things about these box services – you get to try lots of new brands and new items.

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Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. Please note that all reviews are 100% honest and a product would not receive a favorable review unless it provided favorable results.

NYX Cosmetics May Be Bought by L’Oreal

NYX Cosmetics May Be Bought by L'Oreal

Cruelty free cosmetics brand NYX Cosmetics is reportedly up for sale and L’Oreal is eager to purchase the brand. On June 11th, WWD posted an article with the headline “NYX Cosmetics, L’Oreal Said Nearing Buyout Deal”.

“The indie mass-market color cosmetics brand is close to finalizing a deal with beauty giant L’Oréal, said industry sources. While nothing has been signed, a potential deal could come as early as the end of the month. NYX, which generates wholesale sales north of $100 million, could fetch as high as $500 million, suggested financial observers.

Another frontrunner for the brand is said to include TPG Growth, which earlier this year purchased the value-price mass color brand E.l.f. Cosmetics from company founders and the private equity fund TSG Consumer Partners.” – WWD & Phyrra

I first found out from fellow cruelty free blogger Phyrra in her post NYX Cosmetics May Soon Be a L’Oreal Brand. Since she posted about it, lots of fans have come forward to let NYX know that they do not support their potential new parent company and that the brand will lose them as a consumer if this purchase is made. WWD first released the news, but no other news outlets have posted any updates. One look at the NYX Facebook page shows that many oppose the potential new parent company being L’Oreal.

It is possible that L’Oreal would let NYX maintain their current cruelty free stance. The brand is certified as cruelty free by Logical Harmony and by PETA. They also have a lot of vegan cosmetic items. L’Oreal also owns Urban Decay, who has since been re-certified as cruelty free by both Logical Harmony and Leaping Bunny. It is always a slippery slope when a cruelty free brand is owned by a company who does test on animals because, ultimately, the money is still going to support brands who test on animals. This is an issue that I think everyone needs to be aware of and decide what is best for themselves. Brands like this are still added to the cruelty free brands list here on Logical Harmony, but I will no longer promote those brands through my website or social content.

However, if they are purchased by TPG Growth, as simply an investment firm, the brand would not have a parent company with the negative connotations of L’Oreal. At this point, it sounds as if the deal could go either way. In this situation, TPG Growth would be the best path for NYX Cosmetics if they would like to maintain their customer relationships. TPG Growth also owns E.L.F. (Eyes Lips Face) Cosmetics, which is one of the most readily available cruelty free makeup brands on the market.

What can you do? As always, I suggest that you use your voice as a consumer to let NYX know how you feel about this potential change. Post on their Facebook page and tweet at them to let them know what your thoughts are.

The Best Vegan Highlighting Products

The Best Vegan Highlighting Products

One of my favorite beauty products is a good cream or powder highlight. When applied correctly, highlighter can make your best features stand out and give your skin a flawless “lit from within” glow. Even on days where I wear minimal makeup, I have to wear a highlighting product. For this post, I rounded up some of the best cruelty free and vegan highlighting products out there.

  • E.L.F. Studio Radiance Enhancer – This liquid highlighter comes in two shades. Spotlight is a soft pink shimmer and Sunrise is a bronzy champagne color. This tube has a brush applicator. All E.L.F. products are cruelty free and all cosmetics are vegan. Buy online now.
  • DeVita Absolutely Finished Powder – This face powder in Crushed Pearl is a great neutral highlighter for all skin tones. It controls oil and shine but still provides a great glow. All DeVita products are cruelty free and vegan. Buy online now.
  • Pacifica Radiant Shimmer Coconut Multiples – This portable case comes with three cream products that are perfect as a highlighter, blush, and bronzer. Of course, all three could also easily be used as highlighting products. All Pacifica products are both cruelty free and vegan. Buy online now.
  • E.L.F. Studio Baked Highlighter – This powder highlight packs some serious shimmer and pigment. It comes in three shades, so there is one to suite everyones tastes. With this product, a little goes a very long way. It blends smoothly whether applied with a brush or fingers. Buy online now.
  • Everyday Minerals Soft Bronzer – This highlight is translucent but gives a light shimmer. It’s subtle and perfect for those “no makeup” makeup looks. On fair skin, this product may be better as a contour shade. All Everyday Minerals products are both cruelty free and vegan. Buy online now.
  • OFRA Cheeky Cheekbone Enhancer – This is a great all purpose highlighter as it’s translucent and perfect for all skin tones. All OFRA products are both cruelty free and vegan. Buy online now.

Have you tried any of these cruelty free and vegan highlighting products? What are your favorites?

Editor’s Note: In the original version of this post I confused two products and accidentally featured a non-vegan item. This has now been removed and replaced with a different vegan item.

NCLA I Only Fly Private Review & Swatches

NCLA I Only Fly Private Review & Swatches

The latest NCLA collection is the Jet Setter collection. This collection is four shades that are perfect for spring and summer. Two bight colors, one pastel, and one dark and vampy shade. I got to try the whole collection and will be sharing my thoughts on the shades, and swatches, individually. I Only Fly Private is a bright coral creme.

Claims: “The only thing more bold and fabulous than your personality is this make-no-apologies bright orange nail lacquer.

NCLA I Only Fly Private Review & Swatches

Ingredients: Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Nitrocellulose, Triphenyl Phosphate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Diacetone Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Benzophenone-1, SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, May Contain (+/-):, Bismuth Oxychloride, Oxides, Blue 1, Aluminum Powder, Red 34, Red 6, Red 7, Yellow 5 Lake, Iron Oxides, Violet 2, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Isobutylphenoxy Epoxy Resin

Pros: DBP free. Toluene free. Camphor free. Formaldehyde free. Cruelty free and vegan. Wears well with or without a top coat. Very pigmented shade. Chip resistant.

Cons: I did not feel that there were any cons with I Only Fly Private.

The Verdict: I Only Fly Private is, hands down, one of my favorite shades for summer. It is just such a fun and pretty color! It works well with fair skin but also really makes tan skin stand out. I have actually had to tear myself away from this polish because I have been wanting to wear it so often.

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Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. Please note that all reviews are 100% honest and a product would not receive a favorable review unless it provided favorable results.

Phyrra’s Pretty Little Elixir Hair Masque Review

Phyrra’s Pretty Little Elixir Hair Masque Review

I have long, color-treated hair, and often use heat styling tools. I also admit that I don’t trim as often as I should. To help me go longer between cuts, I rely on deep conditioning treatments to keep my hair in top shape. When fellow cruelty free beauty blogger Phyrra told me that she was releasing a hair masque, I knew I needed to get my hands on it! She colors her hair often and if it would work for her, I knew that it was worth trying.

Claims:Phyrra’s Pretty Little Elixir has the right cocktail of ingredients to reduce the signs of external damage and return hair to its lustrous, soft state.

Ingredients:  Aqua, Quaternium-91, Behentrimonium Chloride, Myristyl Myristate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein PG-Propyl, Silanetriol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Natural Fragrance.

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan formula. Gluten-free. Very moisturizing. Lightweight formula. Light scent.

Cons: Only comes in the 8 ounce size.

The Verdict: A good deep conditioning treatment can make dry and brittle hair smooth and shiny. Unfortunately that often only lasts until the next day or the next wash. With Phyrra’s Pretty Little Elixir, the smoothness lingers for days! My hair felt soft, smooth and healthy days longer than it does with any other deep conditioning treatment or hair masque. I am now a huge fan of this product and will definitely re-purchase it.

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. Please note that all reviews are 100% honest and a product would not receive a favorable review unless it provided favorable results.