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New Goodies from Profusion Cosmetics *

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Hey lovelies! If you’ve been around for a while, you have probably seen my past post about Profusion cosmetics, if not – you can check it out here (I hope my picture taking has improved…) Well, I was lucky enough to be chosen again for their Insider Program! They sent me some new goodies (that don’t even seem to be on their website yet!) to try out and talk about what I like or what I don’t like. If you’re interested in hearing about some affordable makeup products, then keep on reading.

treasurebox3treasurebox2Eep! I love the packaging on this makeup palette. It’s quite large and has lots of products in it. I love the cheetah print on the package, you think it would look cheesy – but it really doesn’t. I think it gives it a nice feminine look! This palette has 35 eyeshadows, 10 lip glosses, 2 blushes, 1 bronzer + highlight, a couple small brushes and a wood eyeliner pencil.

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I swear I took these pictures in natural daylight, but these pictures don’t seem to be doing the colors in this palette any justice. (I promise, they are a lot more vibrant in person!) I love the variety of colors in the shadows, you get a mix of mattes, shimmers and glitters. You have lots of options to make a bunch of looks! You get 10 lip glosses, (I’m not a huge fan of glosses + I swatched one of them and it wasn’t too pigmented) in a bunch of different colors to pair with your eye look. One of the blushes is a bright pink and would be great for glam looks and the other blush is more of a natural looking color, so it would be perfect for everyday looks. (P.s. they’re matte blushes too!) The bronzer is a nice cool toned brown, that’s not too light or too dark and the highlight shade is a little bit too dark for my skin tone (I would really call this just like a face powder). These are matte too! I ended up mixing the “highlight” and bronzer together to create a lighter color, I like the way it turned out. Here are some swatches…

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Here are some eyeshadow swatches (don’t mind the eczema on my arm lol). The colors are pigmented and very smooth, there was a little fall out but that’s fine with me. The colors are super buildable and look great. I think the peachy-pastel pink is my favorite but I need to test out some other colors too! (The pastel purple reminds me of the Wet N Wild spring eye trio, anyone else?)

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Here’s a swatch of the bronzer (just by itself, not mixed) and the natural blush color. These are super smooth! I love them.

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with this palette. I probably won’t be using the lip glosses, but that’s just me. I love the variety of shadow colors and how you can create a whole look without having to grab another palette (that’s what really sold me).

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I also got this set of 6 precision gel eyeliners, which I’m pretty excited to use. You get a matte black, matte brown, a bronze, gold, rose gold and a shimmery white liner.

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Here’s the packaging. I like the silver finish on these!

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Here are the swatches of the liners: (bottom – top: black, brown, bronze, gold, rose gold, creamy beige). The brown was a little patchy and rough to lay down some color, but it eventually worked. I really like the shimmery liners, even though I think the colors could be better related to the liner names (if that makes sense…) The rose gold is more of a pale pink, but I’m okay with that. I don’t have these colors in my collection so I’m excited to play around with them. They say that they’re waterproof on the packaging, but I do have to disagree because they wiped off instantly with a makeup wipe, while ones from other brands that I have stay a little bit longer. I would recommend setting these with powder to get them to stay a little bit longer! They do glide smoothly, which I like and lay down enough color that’s noticeable.

Overall, I think these liners are okay. I wish some of them had a little more color impact and we’re more durable (pigmentation wise).

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This is the PRO Concealer kit! It has 5 different shades of concealers, 1 banana shade, 3 skin tone shades and a salmon color. The banana shade is good to brighten up areas on the skin, the skin tone ones are obviously there to conceal any unwanted marks on your face and the salmon one is good to color correct dark circles. Since I’m so pale, I used the third concealer in to cover up my dark circles with the brush in the kit and it worked really well! These are super creamy, they remind me of butter. I really like these! I just wish it would have included a green concealer and maybe a lavender one, rather than 3 skin tone shades. But overall, I think this is a great little kit to have to make your makeup look fabulous.

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Here are swatches (they are swatched opposite of the way they appear in the palette). The banana shade almost doesn’t show up on me haha! I think the salmon shade would have been too dark for me to cover up my dark circles, but I think you can do a lot with this kit.

Overall, I love it! I think it’s super handy and I will be putting it to good use.

What do you guys think? Do you want to hear more about these products in a video, or tutorial? Let me know!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo,

Rae

Disclaimer: This products were sent to me for free in return for a review. I am apart of the Profusion Insider Network, where I receive products to review on my blog and other social networks. All opinions are 100% my own and are honest. I am not being paid for this post.

July 13, 2016
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Petit Vour May 2016 Unboxing

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Hey lovelies! I just received my first Petit Vour box, full of cruelty free & vegan goodies, so I thought I would share it with you.

So, Petit Vour is $15/month (US) or $23/month (Canada) but you can cancel at anytime! You get 4 products (some are generous samples & some are even full sized). Kind of like ipsy, you get points for reviewing items, and making purchases.  Everything is non-toxic, cruelty free, vegan & ethically made…it’s honestly a no brainer. (PLUS, you even get 20% back as a store credit whenever you make a purchase with them).

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Here’s a closer look at what I got in my box!

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I think that the card this month was beautifully illustrated (as they are every month). I love how they tell you what you get, how much it costs if you wanted to purchase the full size, and how to use it.

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This is the Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel. It’s supposed to exfoliate the skin to help even out texture and tone the skin. It also clears the skin while rejuvenating it with aloe, vitamins & antioxidants. I assumed that this was going to smell like sour green apple (a taste/smell that I hate) but was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t! The smell isn’t really describable, but it’s not foul. I am excited to try this out.

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Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray

Okay, I’m SUPER excited to try this out. I used to love NYM’s sea salt spray, until I found out that it’s pretty toxic (through the Think Dirty app). I am trying to avoid products that are toxic and I’m leaning towards more green products. I love sea salt spray and the texture that it adds to my hair. It pretty much styles your hair effortlessly. I think the label on the bottle is super adorable and I can’t wait to feel like a mermaid when I use it!

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Smart Ash Teeth Whitener & Detoxifer

I’m just going to assume that you’ve seen all of these charcoal DIY tutorials on YouTube lately (and if you haven’t there are quite a lot! Ranging from teeth whiteners, to face masks and I’m sure there’s a lot more…) So this is an all natural tooth whitening powder containing activated coconut shell charcoal, bentonite clay, organic orange peel extract, organic frankincense & organic mint extract. I do have some trouble (or insecurities I should say) about my teeth and their color, so I am super stoked to try this out, since I’ve heard that people have had good experiences and results. (Have you tried oil pulling? What are your experiences with that? Let me know!)

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And last, but not least is this Ecco Bella Good For You Gloss in the color Peace (they also had the color Power, which is a red but I received Peace in my box). I like the packaging (even though some people might think the mirror is tacky or totally 90’s, but I don’t). It doesn’t smell like cupcakes/vanilla frosting like most glosses do, so I am pleased with that. It does have a lot of shimmer to it, and I can’t tell if I like that yet or not. The gloss isn’t too sticky (although I haven’t tried it on my lips yet, but I feel like I could incorporate it into some cool Aries zodiac look).

Overall, I was pretty pleased with my first Petit Vour box! I will be keeping my subscription for the month of June, but if I’m not too “wowed” by June, I probably will unsubscribe. (I’m definitely not unsubscribing because I didn’t like the products or the box, I think that this box is worth it, I just need to save money instead of spending it. I do enjoy subscription boxes though, since you get a little taste of multiple products, usually for a smaller cost of a full size version of one of the products in the box.)

Are you subscribed to Petit Vour? What did you get in your box this month? (If you aren’t, what did you get in your other monthly subscription box/bag? Let me know :)! )

 

Thanks so much for reading, I hope you have an awesome day!

Xo, Rae

 

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I purchased this subscription box with my own money and I am not being asked or paid to do this post.

May 26, 2016
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HASK Bamboo Oil Collection | Review *

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IMG_1225IMG_1231You guys know how much I love HASK’s products…it’s nearing an addiction phase. I was thrilled that I got the opportunity to try out their Bamboo Oil collection that’s specifically for strengthening your hair. Here’s what HASK says about this collection on their website…

“It’s time to add strength training to your hair care routine! Fortify fragile hair and defend against damage and breakage with HASK Bamboo Oil Strengthening collection. The line features a Shampoo, Conditioner, Deep Conditioner and Shine Oil, all formulated with ProDefense Complex that penetrates hair to strengthen, reinforce and protect. Bamboo oil, known as one of Asia’s natural treasures, is proven to strengthen hair and deliver essential nutrients that revive weakened and lifeless strands. Combined with biotin and collagen, silicon-rich bamboo oil gives hair a strong foundation, improves flexibility and prevents split ends. So damage caused by every day styling is a thing of the past!”
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I don’t know about you, but I start by shampooing my hair first (I know some people who condition first, but I ain’t about that life). This Bamboo Oil Strengthening Shampoo is like magic. It left my hair feeling so smooth and soft (per usual with HASK’s products). It also felt like it had a different texture to it after I rinsed out the shampoo, kind of like it instantly transformed my hair, but maybe that’s just me.
The conditioner really helped to keep my hair feeling soft and smooth, also helped reduce my frizziness without making my hair look or feel oily or greasy (which is important to me). These two work amazingly together, and the ingredients in both with help strengthen your hair in no time!

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You might use a mask for your face, but did you know that your hair needs a mask sometimes too? HASK has lots of different hair masks and they have one in this collection too! I’ve used their masks before on nights when I wanted to pamper myself. They come in convenient pouch that comes with 1.75 oz of product, if you have short hair like me, you can definitely get more than one use out of the single pouch. They say to use it 1-2 times a week and to leave it on for 10 minutes (on clean wet hair) then rinse your hair thoroughly. These masks really help to repair your hair and thoroughly nourish all of your locks without leaving your hair greasy or weighed down from residue, it’s a win win.

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Hair oils are good to give your hair a little extra TLC and to help reduce frizz and fly aways. I like to use a small amount of oil on my dry hair before leaving for the day. It makes me look polished and like I didn’t just roll out of bed (even though I totally did). This hair oil is great, just like the other one I’ve tried from HASK and I definitely will be using it daily (so I hope they come out with a full size soon 😉 HMU HASK when you do!)

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P.s. How cute is this bag I got too!? I used the other one I got while traveling to hold my toiletries and it was awesome! I will definitely put this one to good use too.

So that’s all for today, I hope you enjoyed reading!
QUESTION: What’s your favorite type of hair product? Let me know in the comments below!

Love you all,
Xo, Rae

Disclaimer: Yes, this product was sent to me to review, but sponsorships/items sent to me do not alter my opinion in anyway. I’m here to help you (my readers) to find new products that you may have never heard about. I am all about giving 100% reviews, whether I’m paid for the review, sent the item or I purchase it myself. Just something to keep in mind for my past/future reviews.
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May 2, 2016
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MAKE Cosmetics Review + DISCOUNT CODE! *

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Hey lovelies! Welcome back to my blog. For today’s post I’ll giving you guys some swatch pictures and my honest review of some sample products that I got from MAKE Beauty! Their products are proudly made in New York City. All of their products are hypoallergenic, made without parabens and never tested on animals. They are a little bit pricey, but I feel like sometimes you just need to spoil yourself and buy some great products. (And I definitely will be buying the full size of these products + some more after I was able to try these!)

 

So, I was luckily able to receive a sample of their Matte Finish Eyeshadow in Alabaster. It’s a velvety matte powder that goes on smoothly and is extremely pigmented. The shadow is a oil-free formula that is crease-resistant and looks great all day long. It is formulated with Vitamin C and E for antioxidant protection for your delicate eye area. These shadows are able to be used dry or wet, if you want a more intense finish. They have tons of colors so you will definitely find one (or 4) that you like!

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I think Alabaster is an amazing color for all over the lid and would be a really great base shadow for everyone. It is so smooth and pigmented. It isn’t powdery at all, but I expected that since it is a little bit more expensive than other brands, but I think it’s worth it. I definitely will be purchasing the full size to add to my eyeshadow collection.

Here is a swatch on my very pale skin…

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I was also able to try a sample of their Silk Cream Lipstick in the color Taffy. This is a saturated lipstick that also acts as a moisturizing treatment with antioxidant vitamins, rosehip, soybean and safflower oils. There is also aloe and chamomile extracts that will further condition lips. The lipstick is a feather-resistant formula and all of the colors are intensely pigmented in true-wear shades.

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Taffy is a beautiful color. It’s a very subtle pink with purple undertones. It applied so smoothly on my lips and didn’t settle into the fine line on my lips. It feels like I’m not wearing anything on my lips, which I do like. It’s a cream lipstick so it won’t dry you out like matte lipsticks. I am in love with this color and wish I could marry it, if that was legal. I truly recommend it if you are looking for a new subtle everyday shade that you won’t ever get tired of. I will also be purchasing the full size to also add to my lipstick collection.

Here is a swatch of Taffy…

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What do you guys think of the swatches? Are you interested in purchasing from MAKE? I sure hope so because I have a DISCOUNT code for you that is valid thru APRIL 15TH (SO HURRY UP!)

***THEY EXTENDED THE CODE UNTIL 5/31***

You can save 20% SITEWIDE on MAKEBEAUTY.COM with the discount code “
MAKEYOURSELF” (not an affiliate code, MAKE was nice enough to provide it for my readers!)

 

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April 11, 2016
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Furless Cosmetics Black Beauty Brush Set | First Impressions & Pictures

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Hey lovelies! I just recently purchased the 8 pc Black Beauty Brush Set from Furless Cosmetics and I thought I would share some pictures and my first thoughts about the brushes! The set retails for $89.99, but I was able to use a 30% off discount code. They have lots of different synthetic brushes and some cruelty free pigments.case

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You get this really awesome case that has “Furless” embossed into it. It’s really soft and has a cool texture, plus its convenient to have all of your brushes in one place, especially for travel. The case securely zips closed all the way around so your brushes won’t fall out like they do with brush roll cases. The case also has pockets for the brushes to fit perfectly in to!

Here are some beauty shots of all of the brushes…

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They have wood handles with metal ferrels around the bristle, which is really secure so your brushes won’t fall apart. The brushes also have “Furless” stamped on them in silver. As you can see, you get a variety of brushes. Some face brushes and some eye brushes. I love the gorgeous blue color on the end of the bristles. The brushes are super soft and I can’t wait to use them!

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Small Domed Crease Blending Brush – “Blend your pigments seamlessly with this domed blending crease brush. Its perfect size and baby-soft vegan bristles will glide easily over those hard-to-reach places, creating a beautifully professional look. This tool is especially wonderful for blending concealer for a flawless result. The brush also features soft cruelty-free bristles for an air light touch on your skin.” – Furless Cosmetics

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Angled Contour Brush – “This versatile cruelty-free angled contour brush will enhance your face in seconds! Simply apply blush or bronzer to the hollow areas beneath your cheeks and blend upward to create shapely, sexy cheeks. You may also augment your feminine curves by contouring your décolletage and cleavage for a more voluptuous look.” – Furless Cosmetics

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Mini Angled Eye Kabuki Brush – “Awaken your natural beauty with this professional angled eye kabuki brush. Perfect for applying and blending concealer, you’ll love applying your makeup with a high level of control. You can also use the brush for contouring the nose and cheeks to add dimension. The brush is made of cruelty-free vegan bristles with an incredible soft feel, which is gentle on your skin.” – Furless Cosmetics

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Powder Brush – “This multi-purpose powder brush is the ultimate jack-of-all-trades: it can be used for contouring and highlighting, and applying powder or blush. Its amazingly soft cruelty-free bristles give you the most seamless results and allow you to apply product anywhere your heart desires. Its dual-purpose benefits let you freely create a variety of looks with ease.” – Furless Cosmetics

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Eyeshadow Brush – “The Black Beauty Eyeshadow Brush applies shadows beautifully. It can be used for shading and blending along the upper and lower lash line for stunning results. Its flat edge is also perfect for building shadows for professional makeup effects like wings or smokey eye. So, whether you’re a classic makeup junkie or the everyday beauty buff, this brush helps enhance your eyes to make you one hot babe!” – Furless Cosmetics

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Precision Liner Brush – “Get a precise line every time with this slim precision eyeliner brush. Its sleek soft bristles offer the perfect shape to control the thickness of your lines. It’s crafted with professional vegan bristles for a cruelty-free way to enjoy your desired eye makeup looks.” – Furless Cosmetics

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Multi-Purpose Blending Brush – “This multi-purpose blending brush can be used for applying liquid and cream foundations as well as concealers. With its incredibly soft cruelty-free bristles, you can use it for blending and contouring product anywhere your heart desires.  Its dual-purpose benefits allow you to perform all your favorite makeup tricks with one handy little wand!” – Furless Cosmetics

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Angled Liner Brush – This adorable angled liner brush will make the most professional lines to play-up your eyes. Its elegantly crafted bristles feature an angled shape for maximum control and crisp results. You may also use the brush to shade and shape your brows for a more refined and dramatic look.” – Furless Cosmetics

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Overall, I’m super pleased with this brush set. Their quality is definitely superior to the cheaper brushes I have, I don’t have any high end brushes to compare them to, since this is my first high-end set ever. I’m also afraid to use them cause they’re so pretty, I don’t want to ruin them! But I know that I will be using them and I’m really excited to try them out.

Hope you enjoyed the post and definitely go check out Furless Cosmetics!

What’s your favorite brush? 🙂 Let me know in the comments below!

Xoxo, Rae

*This post was NOT sponsored. All of the products were purchased with my own money and all opinions are my own.

 

April 10, 2016
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