Petit Vour November 2014 Beauty Box Review

Petit Vour November 2014 Beauty Box Review

The Petit Vour November 2014 Beauty Box was co-curated by fellow vegan beauty addict and blogger Ashlee from The Little Foxes. I have always loved Ashlee’s beauty recommendations in the past, so I knew that I was in for a real treat with this box! I couldn’t wait for my Petit Vour box to arrive!

For those who are not yet familiar with Petit Vour, they offer a monthly beauty box. Everything inside the Petit Vour beauty box is cruelty free, vegan, and natural. I give a quick review of all the items included in the box in this post. Look for more detailed reviews of each individual product soon!

Petit Vour November 2014 Beauty Box Review

The Petit Vour November 2014 Beauty Box that I received contained the following items:

  • Earthbody Body Oil in Dream – This body oil is so lovely! It’s super hydrating and not at all oily. It made my skin feel very soft. It contains jojoba oil and rosehip oil. Both of which are gentle and very effective at moisturizing. The scent is delicious and super relaxing. I pick up notes of lavender, chamomile, and sandalwood. While many body oils smell artificial, the Earthbody Body Oil smells very natural. None of the scents are overpowering, and the combination is perfectly balanced. The Dream scent is perfect for nighttime, or any time you need to quickly relax. I really loved this body oil and will continue to use it. You can purchase the Body Oil in several scents through the Petit Vour onine shop.
  • Caru Skincare Co Rose Facial Serum – I have tried so many facial serums and I can honestly say that this is one of the best out there. The packaging is so sophisticated and chic. It smells amazing! Just like fresh rose petals. It also worked wonders for my skin. This serum contains rose, geranium, carrot seed, evening primrose, pomegranate, and rosehip oils. The combination of oils did amazing things to my skin and I am now hooked on this serum. You can purchase this serum through the Petit Vour online shop.
  • French Girl Organics Lip Tint in Cerise – This tinted lip balm is wonderful! The color I received is Cerise. This is a deep cherry red with a pale copper tint. The lip tint goes on very smoothly and has a refreshing peppermint scent. Petit Vour describes these lip tints as having a gloss look with a balm feel. I think that description is very accurate. I also love that this lip tint comes in a tube. This makes it mess-free and portable. My lip tint now has a permanent home in my purse. You can purchase several shades of the lip tint through the Petit Vour online shop.
  • Au Naturale Creme Shadow in Palma – This shadow shade is absolutely perfect for me. I am a huge fan of bronze shadows, and Palma is a gorgeous shimmery golden beige. I love that this deluxe sample came in a tube. You can apply it to your lids directly from the tube, using your finger, or with a brush. The formula is very blendable. Without a primer there is decent color payoff, but the shade really pops when using an eyeshadow primer. The color was gorgeous, and it lived up to the claims of not creasing and being long lasting. You can purchase several shades of the creme shadow through the Petit Vour online shop.
  • Au Naturale Creme Concealer in Buff – This product doubles as concealer and shadow primer. The formula is really creamy, which I loved. It applied smoothly and didn’t crease or flake during the day. The concealer pigmentation is more sheer than I was expecting. This could be either a positive or a negative. It really lets you pick how much coverage you need. So if you are looking for something buildable, this is a good option. If you need a heavy concealer, this may not be the best one for you. Overall I really liked this concealer. It’s one that I may add to my regular beauty routine. You can purchase several shades of the creme concealer through the Petit Vour online shop.

Overall, I really liked the Petit Vour November 2014 Beauty Box. Petit Vour and Ashlee did a great job with the items! I liked using each item that was included and plan to re-purchase several of them once they have been used up.

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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. This post contains affiliate links. This means that I receive a commission from items purchased through these links.

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Milani & Jordana Re-Certified as Cruelty Free by Logical Harmony

Milani & Jordana Re-Certified as Cruelty Free by Logical Harmony
After several ups and downs, Logical Harmony is happy to announce that Milani and Jordana are re-certified as cruelty free brands!! I am very happy to share this news with Logical Harmony readers and to add these brands back to the Cruelty Free and Vegan Brands list!

After an issue in their cruelty free status earlier this year, the brand listened to consumers and both Milani and Jordana became PETA certified as cruelty free. Because they were still unable to clearly and directly answer my questions about their animal testing stance, I did not feel comfortable certifying them as a cruelty free brand. The press statement from PETA about the brands did not address ingredient suppliers. The original issue was that Milani had stated ingredient suppliers may test on animals to comply with local and regional laws and regulations.

In the past month, Milani went through the process to become Leaping Bunny certified as cruelty free. They also have been able to clearly answer my specific questions about their animal testing stance and are now Logical Harmony certified as cruelty free as well! I have been assured in writing that the brands are have done a thorough background check on their ingredient suppliers and none test the ingredients on animals under any conditions.

Several readers have emailed both myself and My Beauty Bunny about receiving a statement from Jordana about having a distributor in mainland China. I spoke to the brand about this and have confirmed that this was a mistake on their part. Neither Milani or Jordana has a distributor in mainland China or distributes products into China.

It has been a long process with Milani, but I appreciate that they have continued to reach out to me over the past several months. We may not have always seen eye-to-eye, but I am very glad that they have been so proactive. Not just with Logical Harmony, but also by getting certifications from PETA and Leaping Bunny.

Milani has also added a vegan section to their site to make shopping easier for vegan consumers. This page links to products that have vegan formulas, though, as always, double check the ingredients of each shade before purchasing. I have also been told that Milani is in the process of updating more formulas to remove animal ingredients. This is wonderful news!

Gressa Lip Boost Review

Gressa Lip Boost Review

I was first introduced to Gressa through a previous Limited Luxury box from Petit Vour. That box contained the Gressa Lip Boost in Bare. It was love at first swipe. Recently Gressa sent me a package of goodies to try with three shades of Lip Boost included. Knowing that I already loved the formula, I was curious to see how the other shades compared to Bare.

Claims: “Light, non-sticky and moisturizing, it feels like a balm yet looks like a gloss.

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Seabuckthorn Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Non-GMO, Mica, Iron Oxides.

Gressa Lip Boost Brilliant

Brilliant is a very natural peachy nude shade.

Gressa Lip Boost Brilliant

I have to say that I really like Brilliant as a base for lipsticks and as a way to tone down shades that are a bit too bright or too bold. The color is very subtle. But it is very hydrating and is great to have in your makeup bag. If you were going with a bold eye look, Brilliant would be the perfect shade to pair with it.

Continue reading the rest of this post for a full review, including product shots, swatches, and thoughts about each shade.

Avocado Pesto & Zoodles Recipe

Avocado Pesto & Zoodles Recipe

I recently bought a Paderno spiralizer and it is great for making zoodles. A zoodle is a noodle made from zucchini. It’s a great way to indulge in pasta dishes while making sure you are getting plenty of vegetables. My favorite way to have zoodles is with avocado pesto.

What you will need to make Avocado Pesto & Zoodles:

  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (if you’re feeling fancy, use 3/4 tablespoon olive oil and 1/4 tablespoon truffle oil)
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 medium ripe avocado (peel but reserve the pit)
  • Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
  • 2 large organic zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon water

How to make Avocado Pesto & Zoodles

  1. In a food processor or blender, combine the basil, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice. Mix until the basil and garlic are finely chopped.
  2. Add in the avocado and blend until creamy.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  4. Using the Paderno spiralizer, made noodles from the zucchini. The Paderno spiralizer comes with three different types of blades. I like to use the one that makes larger sized noodles, but use whichever fits your preference. If you do not have a spiralizer, you can cut the zucchini into thin strips.
  5. Heat a pan over medium heat until warm. Add 1 tablespoon and the zucchini noodles. Heat until cooked, about 2 minutes.
  6. Place the zoodles in a bowl and top with avocado pesto.
  7. If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container with the avocado pit. This will help the avocado pesto from turning brown. Just be sure to eat any leftovers within 24 hours.

Don’t have a food processor or blender? That’s okay! Mash the avocado in a bowl until creamy. Finely chop the basil and garlic, then add to the avocado. Mix well. Stir in the olive oil and lemon juice. Mix well. It may turn out a little chunkier, but will still taste delicious.

If you try this recipe, please let me know. I love getting comments on the recipe posts and please tag Logical Harmony on Instagram or Twitter if you share a picture.

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Vegan Cuts November 2014 Beauty Box Review

Vegan Cuts November 2014 Beauty Box Review

The Vegan Cuts November Beauty Box recently arrived at my door. I had watched their preview video and was really interested about a couple of the items that I knew would be inside. I love when brands give you a little sneak peak into the boxes before they start shipping. I couldn’t wait for Vegan Cuts to ship my box to me so that I could find out what else was included!

The Vegan Cuts Beauty Box is a monthly subscription service that delivers several cruelty free and vegan items directly to your door. It can also be shipped worldwide! Prices start at $19.95 per month. It’s a great way to try new brands and new products without the commitment of buying the full-size version.

Included in the Vegan Cuts November Beauty Box that I received was:

  • Mullein & Sparrow Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm – This adorable tin was a full size of the lip and cheek tint. It smells like patchouli oil. I may be in the minority, but I actually like the scent! The color looks like a very deep and dark burgundy when it is in the container, but it goes on sheer and buildable. The formula is super creamy and smooth. I loved how moisturizing it was on my lips! When using as a cheek tint, don’t set it with powder for the best results. On both my lips and cheeks it gave a very natural and pretty hint of color and glow. I really liked this product! The brand has a version of the tinted lip and cheek balm with beeswax and one without available for sale. So if ordering, be sure to order the vegan option!
  • Demes Butter Me Up Moisture Stick in Cherry Cerise – This full size tube contains a heavy balm that works double duty to moisturize dry spots all over. I love the jumbo size! It smells like cherry candy, which is a yummy scent. I’m honestly not usually a fan of cherry scents but I do like this one.The packaging is a push up tube, so push up the product gently. The moisturizer itself works really well. I used this a lot on my hands and they felt really smooth and soft. Two other scents, Mint and Tangerine Vanilla are available. All three Butter Me Up scents sound delicious!
  • Shorganics Rosemary Mint Bar Soap – This deluxe sample is perfect for the current cold weather. The rosemary and mint soap is so refreshing and invigorating. I really like it! I also appreciated that even though this was just a sample product, the brand went above and beyond to fully label the ingredients on the packaging.
  • The All Natural Face Diva Stick in Black Kohl – I have heard rave reviews about The Diva Stick in Milk (a white shade that I have heard is a great shadow base), so I was really excited to try this product. I have mixed opinions about this product. Mostly because I think that how it wears really depends on how you use it. As an eyeliner alternative, this did not work well for me. It went on very creamy and smooth, but smudged all over the place. However, over a primer this really worked well as a base for eyeshadow. It made the colors darker and more intense. Also, because it is such a creamy formula, you can smudge it out really well for a good smokey eye. After trying this, I am actually more interested in other Diva Sticks.
  • La Mav Wrinkle-Smoothing Nightly Repair Nectar – This travel size serum is good for about two weeks of uses. I love serums and had never tried this one before, so I couldn’t wait to see how it worked with my skin. It’s a very concentrated formula. Only 1-2 drops of the Nightly Repair Nectar are needed to cover your face, neck, and chest. This serum contains a variety of oils, most of which are organic. I felt that it did a good job of moisturizing my skin and keeping it smooth.
  • EVOLVh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo – I have tried and used this product before (it was included in the June Beauty Box from Petit Vour!) and loved it, so I was really happy to get another sample. This shampoo does a great job of cleansing my hair without stripping it of any oils. The UltraShine Shampoo is moisturizing without weighing my hair down either. This is really important to me because I have baby fine hair.

This beauty box included several full sized items and several deluxe samples. I can honestly say that this was one of my favorite Vegan Cuts Beauty Boxes of all time. I really liked all of the items that were included it and plan to incorporate several into my regular beauty routine.

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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. This post contains affiliate links.

Photos by Justin M.G. Mendez