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Zabana Essentials Haul + Mini Review

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Hey loves! It’s been a little while since I did my last haul and I’ve been promising on instagram that this one would be up soon (I’m just terrible at procrastinating, y’know!!)

So finally, it’s here! Let me tell you a little about Zabana Essentials. Zabana has 100% natural and vegan cosmetics that are handcrafted in California (I love stuff that’s made in the USA!) They have a range of products, like deodorants, a face serum, dry shampoo and even an armpit detox bar (say whaaa?!) I’ve been trying these out over the past few weeks & I’m hooked, so keep on reading to see what I got and what I like about them!

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I’m a sucker for anything mini sized and also natural deodorants! I was intrigued by the fragrances they have available and how some are baking soda free (which I need since baking soda irritates the crap outta me). These definitely aren’t your typical natural deo smells and I love that. I picked up Lime Berry Basil  and Sage Blood Orange. These are the perfect size to shove in your purse or backpack! I currently have the Lime Berry Basil one in my locker at work and I love freshening up with it, it smells so goooood. I do recommend these if you’re looking for a new natural deo or just want to stock up on some minis! (Plus! They’d be a great gift for someone who wants to delve into the natural deo/green beauty world *hint hint*)

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I live off of dry shampoo and don’t know what I would do without it. I haven’t tried a powder dry shampoo so that’s really why I picked this up! Plus, the scent caught my eye. It’s really easy to use – just sprinkle some on, let it sit then style per usual. (They recommend using a ‘natural bristled brush’ but I just use my regular hairbrush and it works fine. I also like to rub it in with my fingers). It smells great and does a really good job at making my hair look like it was just washed. I dooooo recommend!

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I wanted to try out their face sprays so I got both of the ones that they offer. Lavender Lemongrass is for combo + oily skin and helps to detoxify and balance the skin. Citron Blossom is for all skin types and brightens and rejuvenates the skin. I use one or the other depending on my face issues. Usually I like to use the Citron Blossom one before putting on my makeup to help get it ready for application. If you want, you can also use these as a cleanser (sort of) – just spray it on then use a cotton round to remove excess dirt and oil. I love that these are in glass bottles so I can reuse them when I finish them off! I really like these and do recommend them as well.

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Then lastly, the Armpit Detox Bar! When using natural deo (or transitioning into natural deo), you may find that you don’t smell as fresh or that it’s not working…that’s why you need to detox yo’ pits! This is made with Coconut, Charcoal and Clay so it’ll really suck out all the junk stuck in your pit pores and leave you with squeaky clean pits 🙂 They say to wet the bar, lather it in your hands, rub the lather in your pits then let it sit for 2-3 minutes then rinse off. I have noticed a difference when using this – I smell fresher for longer and I just feel more comfortable wearing natural deodorant when I use it. It’s definitely a must have for natural deo users, so get one stat!

Overall, I was super pleased with my first purchase from Zabana. They have amazing cruelty free, vegan + natural products and I can’t wait to try out all of the other stuff they have to offer. Do you want to try out Zabana Essentials? Let me know!

Thanks for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

Disclaimer: All of these products were purchased with my own money and all opinions are 100% honest and my own. I am not being paid for this post nor am I affiliated with Zabana Essentials. This post does not contain affiliate links.

October 22, 2016
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Why I’m Putting Myself on a Spending Ban + Decluttering

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It’s hard to save money, even if you try. Sometimes things just pop up and all of the money in your savings account is gone. Or, maybe you just have a spending/hoarding problem like I do.

I thought I’d go through my beauty collection (this is just makeup, I may do a hair care/body care post if you lovelies seem interested) and share with you what I have and why I don’t need to buy anything else to put into my collection. (I’m trying to hold back my tears right now…I love makeup.)

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Here are my makeup removing products! I use coconut oil, a micellar water and makeup wipes. I’ve had this jar of coconut oil for quite a while now and still have a lot of it. I use it to remove stubborn eye makeup (I have used it on my face as well), as a shaving cream alternative (if I ran out) and as a moisturizer. It’s a multi purpose item that I can’t live without. It’s inexpensive and doesn’t get used too quickly, so that’s why I don’t need another makeup removing product. Next is the Cactus Micellar Water from Pacifica. I really like this stuff to remove my foundation then follow up with a cleanser to deep clean the skin. It’s easy, provides a great clean, tones the skin and leaves you feeling refreshed (definitely do not use this on your eyes though). While I do love the micellar water so much, I’m not sure if I’ll be repurchasing it since it’s not a necessity because I do have other options to clean my face (like my Clarisonic, cleansers and coconut oil). I guess I’m also trying to cut down on the products that I have. And lastly, makeup removing wipes. I like  these a lot for when I’m doing swatches and removing my eye makeup, I do not like using these all over my face though since they leave a greasy feel. I do have two packs unopened, so that’s another reason why I don’t need another makeup removing product at the moment.

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Here are my face products, including foundations, primers and concealers. I have two primers at the moment, both from Too Faced. I have a sample of the Primed and Poreless, but I’m not a huge fan of it so it usually stays in my drawer. The Hangover primer on the other hand is my go to, but it is expensive, but so so worth it. I really only use it if I know I’ll be out all day to help it last longer for me! I don’t really wear foundation that often (so I’m not sure why I have two different ones…actually make that three, I forgot to add in my bareminerals). Lately, I’ve just been busy with work and on my days off I usually just hang around the house so I haven’t had much use for these foundations this summer (which is why I don’t need another, I need to stop eyeballing the Born This Way foundation from Too Faced ASAP!) I also have a white foundation to use as a mixer to make a shade light enough for my complexion. I have three skin tone concealers and one color corrector. I like the NYX one the most, since it’s light enough for my skin and gives a natural look. I feel like tarte’s oxidizes, so I don’t use it too often. The itCosmetics one was a sample that my sister passed on to me since it was too light for her – I haven’t tried it (yet again, another reason why I don’t need anything else!) The color corrector is from L.A. Girls and works well, I just don’t use it too often so I don’t need to buy a color correcting palette like I want to. I have one setting spray at the moment (hasn’t been opened) so I’m good in that department too. Mental note: Raeanne…no more face products.2016-07-06 11.32.24

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Alright, here’s my mascara collection (it was larger, but I did purge my makeup when moving back home from school). I have THREE Better Than Sex mascaras…THREE. Why do I need three!? Ugh. I first tried the BTS mascara as a sample and really liked it, so my sister decided to buy me another sample for Christmas – I haven’t touched the one she got me yet. I bought the waterproof version just to see if it would hold my curl better (it does) but I really don’t know why else I bought it, since I already have two that have barely been touched…I have no logic people! I have a mascara from Flower (this is like their 3-in-1, you can turn the dial and the wand moves/twists). I’m not a huge fan of this mascara since it’s so flakey, so I’m not even sure why I still have it. *sigh*. I have one from wet n wild that I use on lazy days/no makeup days. I’m also not a huge fan of this mascara either, but I do like the small wand for the lower lashes. I might end up tossing the Flower and the wet n wild mascaras since there is no point in keeping them. Then lastly, tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara sample. I got this in my skin squad discovery kit and I really like it. It gives a different effect than the BTS and that’s why I will be keeping it in my collection (plus, it’s relatively new to me too).2016-07-06 11.34.31

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Here are my eyeliners – which is another thing that I don’t wear all too often. I have three liquid black liners, two are fine line ones that dry matte and another has a vinyl finish which I’m not a fan of. I think I’ll keep the two fine liners and get rid of the Milani one that I don’t really like! I have one black pencil liner from Marc Jacobs that I got as a free gift for my birthday from Sephora, I think I’m just going to keep it to have incase I want to wear it. I have the NYX Wonder Pencil which is a nude liner, not sure why I have this because I don’t use it either. I also used it on my lips, so I don’t want to use it on my eyes. Might as well go in the trash! I have a dark blue pencil liner from Sumita that I got in a past glambag, haven’t used it but it’s going to stay in my collection just in case. I have two liquid liners from wet n wild, a bright blueish-purple and a dark blue liner. I like the bright blue and I have yet to experiment with the dark blue one – I will be keeping them since I don’t have anything else like them. The last two liners are from the Balm and Colourpop – they’re pretty similar in color but I like the formula from Colourpop way more. I’ll be keeping both of them. But here’s why I don’t need another eyeliner! They aren’t on my “top shelf” for everyday makeup.

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Lipsticks galore. As you can tell, I really like nude lip colors…infact I have way too many that look similar! I definitely will not be getting rid of any of my lipcolors, while I have a lot, I love them all. So I have quite a large collection from Colourpop, 3 ultra matte, 5 ultra satin, and 6 lippie stix. I love them (besides the matte ones), even though I have some colors that look similar. I have 4 soft matte lip creams from NYX and I like these, so I’m keeping them. I have two butter glosses in the same shade from NYX, not sure why I have two but I don’t really wear glosses much anymore. I’ll still keep them though just in case. I have one NYX liquid suede which I like and I don’t have a color *too* similar to it, since it shows up more burgundy/brown on me. I have two samples of Too Faced melted lipsticks – love them so they’re staying. In the white and pink box is a lip shimmer from My Sister (every purchase helps fight sex trafficking!) that I will be keeping since I don’t have anything else like it. I have two wet n wild lipsticks that I will be keeping cause I like them. I have 5 samples of some lip colors from different brands – keeping them and I hopefully will be able to use them up. A lip gloss from Ecco Bella in Peace is also staying with me, I want to try it out and see if it’ll be similar to a metallic lip – I’ll keep you updated. Lastly, a chubby lipstick from Profusion cosmetics that I will be keeping also because it’s the perfect everyday nude. BUT, in conclusion – I do not need another lipstick! I definitely need to stop buying shades that I already have ones similar to and I really need to start wearing lipsticks more often.

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Here are all of my single eyeshadows. All of the ones on top were from glambags or other subscription services. I’m trying to use those ones up ASAP since they’ve just been collecting dust. I might challenge myself to use one of them for however long it takes to use it up. The Colourpop ones are new to me and are staying in my collection, but I really don’t need to buy myself another eyeshadow palette because I definitely have enough to last me a while.

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Here are my eyeshadow palettes! As you can see, I like nude colors again. I really do not need another eyeshadow since the collection I have between palettes + singles is large enough. I have a lot of similar colors so I will do my best to hit pan on some of them.

Yikes, I really didn’t realize how much makeup I had until planning this post. It’s actually shocking thinking about how much money I’ve spent on makeup (and I really don’t want to take a calculator to add it up).

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed my post and maybe learned something (like the fact that you don’t need 20 different nude lip colors in 5 different finishes). You also don’t need anymore neutral eye palettes – so don’t fall for the hype anymore!

Thanks so much for reading (as always) <3

Xoxo, Rae

July 7, 2016
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Makeup Edit: Everyday Beauty Essentials

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boxfromcolourpopOnce or twice a year, it’s always a good idea to sort through your makeup bag. It provides an opportunity to get rid of expired products and restock. A good time to do this is at the beginning of summer and winter. You can update your colors accordingly.

This is just for the essential, everyday items. Those must-have products that you couldn’t live without.

Moisturizer

It’s a good idea to keep a pot of moisturizer in your makeup bag. It’s useful when your skin is dry, and you need a pick-me-up before retouching. Use a brand that matches your skin type, and opt for versions with a built-in SPF. If you can find a tinted moisturizer that works for you, this will save you some space.

Makeup Remover Pads

Though you’re unlikely to use them every day, it’s a good idea to keep a supply of makeup remover pads. If you need to remove your makeup, they will accomplish this in super-fast time. They come in handy where makeup becomes smudged.

 

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You don’t need to carry your full collection of brushes with you. Just pick a few essentials from the set. A wide blusher/powder brush is useful. Use it to apply powder and set your makeup in place. You can also use it for bronzing and highlighting. Smaller brushes for eyes and lips also come in handy.

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Primer

Don’t skimp on primer. If you think you don’t need it, compare the difference with and without it. Primer makes the skin appear smoother. When your foundation is applied, it provides a flawless finish. Once primer has been applied, your makeup will last longer.

Foundation

Your foundation cream is arguably the most important item in your toiletry bag. It can take some time to find the right brand and shade. When you do, keep hold of it. Foundation camouflages imperfections and enhances your skin. If you get this wrong, the whole look will be wrong.

Brow Gel

It’s difficult to remember a time when everyday makeup didn’t include brows. Eyebrows can dramatically alter the appearance of your face. Determining what works best for you is important. Brow gel is handy for everyday applications. Brands like Anastasia tinted brow gel can help make your eyebrows appear thicker and fuller. Plus, it is easy to apply.

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Eyeshadow Palette

Your eyeshadow palette should be made up of colors that complement your skin tone. This may change in the summer and winter months. Look at current makeup trends for inspiration. But don’t get too bogged down with them. Stick to what works for your skin tone and coloring.

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Lipstick

Your lipstick finishes the whole look. Without it, you can appear unpolished. Keep a few different shades in your bag. They should range from nude to stronger colors, depending on your mood. Keep a couple of matte options and a full-on lip gloss.

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Mascara

There are so many brands of mascara to choose from. They range from simple tints to plumping formulas. Pick the type that works for you.

Powder

Translucent powder has several benefits. Sweep it across the face after applying your makeup. This will seal it and make it last longer. It is also useful to banish shine. Paper strips are also useful for quick touch-ups.

 

Have I missed anything? What are your go-to items? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

Hope you enjoyed the post & thanks for reading!

Xoxo, Rae

June 30, 2016
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tarte’s Skin Squad Deluxe Discovery Set from Sephora

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Anyways, I love deluxe samples and discovery sets/value sets. You get to try out different types of products, without spending a fortune AND you get enough to see if the product is something you’d actually like before splurging and buying the full size. I decided to pick up the skin squad discovery set from Sephora so I could try out a few more items from tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea collection and a few other items.

This set is $22, but it says that its a $68 value, so that’s pretty neato I guess. You also get 6 products, which you can get a decent amount of use from them. I was most excited to try the H2O hydrating boost, but I think I’m now excited to try them all.

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Here’s a little bit of a closer look (I’m sorry for the horrid lighting, that’s what I get for taking pictures at 9pm.) So, you get a mascara, a tinted primer, a small blush, 0.24 ounces of the marine boosting mist, 0.25 ounces of the deep dive cleansing gel, and 0.33 ounces of the H2O hydrating boost.

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So here’s the BB tinted treatment primer that has SPF 30 in it. I did get the set in the “light” shade but this primer is definitely too dark for me so I passed it along to my sister. I think it’s a great size for traveling, and you wouldn’t really need foundation since it has a tint to it. Plus the SPF in it is also a huge plus.

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Here is the Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in the shade Oasis. It’s a beautiful pinky-nude and I think I would actually wear this color as a blush. It’s pigmented and can be built up if you want a bold cheek, or if you want a sheer cheek, you can accomplish that too. I think this color would be a good fit for many skin tones!

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This is the Marine Boosting Mist. My sister has the full size, so I have used it before I got this. I absolutely love this stuff. It smells so GOOD. It has a citrus scent to it and it feels so refreshing on the face. It wakes you up and definitely revitalizes your skin and makeup. (Perfect size for travel too!)

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This is the Deep Dive Cleansing Gel. I haven’t used this yet, but I am looking forward to using it in the future. It’s a hypoallergenic daily cleanser that removes makeup and impurities. It’s also fragrance free!

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The H2O hydrating boost is amazing. It smells so great and refreshing and feels absolutely amazing on the skin. It soaks into the skin quickly and leaves your face feeling so smooth and moisturized. I will definitely be purchasing the full size. (I recommend that you do too! It’s awesome.)

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And lastly, Lights, Camera Lashes! I haven’t tried a mascara from tarte before and this one looks quite cool. I love the textured packaging and the purple color is so cute. I love the way that the wand looks and I have a feeling it might be my second favorite mascara (after Better Than Sex) but I will obviously keep you updated!

What’s your favorite product from tarte? 🙂 Mine is definitely the Swamp Queen palette so far <3

Thanks so much for reading & I hope you enjoyed!

Xoxo, Rae

 

Disclaimer: All products were purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own.

June 13, 2016
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tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation + Aquacealer Review

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I’ve been meaning to post this review for a while now (I kept teasing my instagram followers about it, but it’s finally here!) I guess I just really wanted to try out the products more than once and give a decent review for you all.

tarte has quickly become one of my favorite brands. Their products are vegan and cruelty free (they are owned by a parent company though). They have tons of different makeup products and skincare products and I literally want everything they have. (Plus, their packaging is awesome).

I decided to pick up the Rainforest of the Sea water foundation, since I do have dry skin. I’m also not a huge fan of foundations since sometimes I feel like they’re too “heavy” on my face, so when I saw that this was a lightweight foundation I just had to pick it up. Their website states that this foundation is: “A lightweight, full coverage hydrating foundation infused with tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea™ complex and non-chemical SPF 15 sunscreen.”

I’m also super happy that it has a non-chemical SPF in it, and this foundation is honestly exactly what I’ve been looking for. They have 12 shades and a very disappointing selection of darker shades (WTH tarte?) You get 1 ounce of product for $39 (I bought it with a 30% off coupon they had). It has a dropper which was new to me, but I kind of like it.

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I have the lightest shade available (fair neutral) but it’s not quite light enough for me, so I do have to add a foundation mixer to it. I honestly love this foundation. It looks like skin, it’s not cakey and doesn’t cling to my problem areas on my face. It feels so lightweight and doesn’t feel tacky on the skin once it’s dry (one of the things that I dislike about foundations). I don’t apply a primer when I use this, but it’s not really necessary since this foundation stays put all day. It’s honestly a dream for dry skin and I probably won’t try anything else now.

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Here is what tarte’s website says that the aquacealer: “A lightweight, 12-hour concealing serum offering buildable, medium coverage with skin-soothing benefits.”

There are 6 shades of the aquacealer, again the lightest one still being a little bit too dark for me, but I do manage to make it work. I love the applicator for the concealer and how lightweight it is. I’m not going to lie, I really don’t think that it has “buildable” medium coverage, I would definitely say that it’s light coverage (although I really haven’t tried to build it up). It does crease since it’s water based, so make sure to set your under eye area right away. I’ve noticed that it really doesn’t stay put all day and that my dark circle start to peek through (maybe I need to try the color correcting palette from this line, but anyways). I do enjoy it though, I don’t use it on acne spots just because it isn’t an amazing color for me, but it does do a good job to brighten up the eyes when first applied.

Overall, I really do like these two products and do recommend them if you’re looking for a light weight foundation with pretty good coverage. The color selection isn’t huge, but maybe tarte will expand that someday? We can only hope.

Thanks so much for reading & I hope you enjoyed the post!

What’s your holy grail foundation? Let me know in the comments below!

Xoxo, Rae

 

June 9, 2016
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