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Welcome to Cosmetically Curious Hello! My name is Shaylee, I’m a beauty-obsessed girl from the beautiful Okanagan Valley in BC. To keep things short, I’m in love with Cats (I
Every month I fall more and more in love with the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box! Their boxes just keep getting better and I keep finding new brands that I love with this month being no exception! The Vegan Cuts August 2014 box was curated by @mybeautybunny with some of her favourite vegan and organic products, and I definitely agree with her choices! Let’s see what’s in this month’s box:
First, I have to tell you guys this is literally the first monthly Beauty Box I’ve ever received where I didn’t see ANY spoilers for it ahead of time! That’s pretty amazing seeing as I’m constantly on Twitter and Instagram looking to sneak a peek at what’s coming in my next beauty box (yes, I was that kid that snooped on all their Christmas presents too.). Somehow, I didn’t come across any posts and this months shipment was a true surprise when it came to my door!
At first glance, I saw two full-sized products, which of course made me love the box instantly. On second glance, however, I realized something was amiss. The bath salts in my box had exploded (you can kind of see it in the photo above) and half of them were rattling around in the bottom of the box. Thank goodness it was the bath salts though because they are definitely easily salvageable!
Enfusia All Natural Bath Salts – Single Use Pack – $9.99 USD For Full Size – This package of bath salts couldn’t have come at a better time! I received this box on Friday and used these salts on Friday. I’ve been suffering from a flu/cold and have been aching for days! I’m not sure if there were different scents in other boxes, but I received Muscle Soak, which is formulated to ease sore muscles and detox the body. Perfect! As soon as I opened the box I went to the bath and dumped in the package (as well as the salts in the bottom of the box, of course) and soaked away for 30 minutes! My skin felt soft and not at all dry and my muscles felt eased. I couldn’t tell you about the scent because I was way too congested, but I’m sure it was lovely! I think I’ll purchase a full-size for the winter colds I know I’ll be getting (as well as their Soothing Detox blend as well!).
Emani Hybrid Créme in Speechless 1042 – Full Size – $18.00 USD – Well, first off this is pretty much the price of the box! Second, I love the Emani Lipstick I received in my last box, so seeing the brand again was a welcome sight! This is a hybrid creme that can be used on eyes, lips and cheeks (although this shade I would use only for eyes – or maybe on darker skin tones as a highlight). It is an extremely pigmented shimmering copper when mixed together and gives off an intense sheen. It can be applied lightly for a wash of colour or pressed on for intense colour and shine. It really is beautiful – I’m just not thrilled about the shade for my skin tone!
Zabana Essentials Clay Facial Cleansing Bar – Sample Size – $5.95 USD for Full Size – I am very hesitant to use a bar soap on my face. I have dry, dehydrated skin and just looking at bar soap (even for my body) makes my skin feel tight an itchy! I have found very few which have proved my theory wrong except Consonant’s 20% Clay bar. Although, the ingredients in this soap sound hydrating with Olive, Coconut and Avocado oils along with Shea butter and are tempting me to give it a try. I’ll swallow my fears, test it out and get back to you – wish me luck! (It smells great though!)
Balanced Guru Energy Mist in Fearless – Full Size – $10.00 USD – I don’t know how they knew, but out of all the Chakra balancing scents, this is the one I would have picked for myself! Balanced Guru offers mists for every chakra and each box received a different one. I suffer with anxiety and really need to feel more grounded and stable, so when I saw that this was targeted to feeling still and safe – I was thrilled! It’s a blend of Lavender, Geranium, Palmarosa, Chamomile, Neroli and Petigrain to encourage feelings of stability, safety and feeling grounded. If I could get any air through my nose right now I would tell you how this smells, but no matter what I do it’s just not happening. But, this is definitely going to be in my purse for those times my anxiety crops up and if it works, I’ll definitely be purchasing more!
Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream – Deluxe Sample – $16.00 USD For Full Size – I love a good BB Cream and I love Pacifica so this made the box a slam dunk for me! Alight is a universal shade that “colour-matches” your skin tone so it can work for most people. I was surprised that it wasn’t too dark for my fair skin and actually blended in seamlessly. It’s really hydrating and illuminates the skin without noticeable shimmer. It contains great ingredients like Coconut Water, Jojoba, Kelp and Hyaluronic Acid to treat skin while giving sheer coverage. I’m definitely considering buying a full size of this since I just ran out of my Pixi H20 Tinted Gel.
Overall, AWESOME. I will definitely continue to subscribe to Vegan Cuts Beauty Box and encourage all of you who love Vegan beauty products to do the same! If you’d like my link is throughout the post and I will receive referral points if you decide to subscribe! I highly recommend it – you can see my July box here.
Hey everyone! It’s strange for my to post two hair related posts in one month, but lately, I’ve been finding some amazing products for silky, soft strands! Live Clean has a new range of Hair Oils that are silicone free and made for a variety of different hair types and textures. For intense smoothing, they have Exotic Silk Keratin Oil, for strengthening there is Exotic Vitality Monoi Oil and for all around Nutrition (and my favourite, thus far) is the Live Clean Miracle Nutrition Oil.
Since I discovered Phyto Phytonectar Hair Treatment Oil ($30.00 CAD) some months ago, I’ve been addicted to pre-treating my hair with an oil before shampooing. I know, it sounds totally weird – why would you apply an oil if you’re just going to wash it out? I thought the same thing, but after trying it, I’m a true believer and completely hooked! I was so happy to see that Live Clean had included a Pre-Shampoo Oil in their new hair oil range! Actually, all three oils can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment – this one just says it on the box. ;)
This bi-phase oil treatment contains rich, nourishing oils as well as their Professional “Thick Bond Protein” technology to increase the density of each hair shaft making this ideal for thinning or mature hair. Jojoba, Avocado and Rosehip oil penetrate the hair shaft to smooth, add shine and increase manageability. I love that these serums are silicone free! I have a love/hate relationship with silicones in my hair care. On one hand, they can make hair look great for a day – on the other hand, the build up they produce makes my hair super limp and blah. Since I’ve gone silicone-free with my hair care, my hair has never been shinier, or softer which is weird since that’s what silicones do!
Remember those V05 Hot Oil treatments you used as a teen (or maybe still do)? This is essentially the same idea, but about 100x more natural and generally, way, way better for your hair! I use this oil before every shampoo and still can’t believe my eyes/hands/hair every time I get out of the shower! Not to mention, my boyfriend can’t stop touching my hair now since finding these Live Clean Oils and Live Clean 10-in-1 Treatment!
This product was sent for consideration. All opinions are my own.
Hey everyone! If anyone has ever seen the inside of my purse, they know I’m a lip balm addict. At any given time I can have up to 8 lip balms floating around in my purse, because you know, why not? I have a few favourites, but I’m always on the hunt for the next best balm. The most recent addition to my purse collection is the new Softlips Cubes, especially the Vanilla scent! The classic Softlips (you know those skinny, sleek white tubes that you could carry with you anywhere?) was one of my first ever lip balm purchases which clearly, lead to an addiction of epic proportions – I guess you could call it my gateway balm! Now, Softlips is back with a new 5-in-1 CUBE that not only deeply hydrates like their original, but also replenishes, smooths, protects and adds a beautiful shine!
Softlips CUBE’s come in two flavours, Vanilla Bean and Berry Bliss. Since I’m a sucker for all things Vanilla, that was the first one I opened and tested! These balms come housed in a sleek, glass-like cube that looks like a tiny block of ice. Once you remove the lid, the lip balm is domed, and large enough to cover your entire lips with a single swipe. It glides on smoothly, smells amazing and gives effortless, healthy looking shine. They include Shea butter and Vitamins A, C and E to deeply nourish and protect against future dryness, heaven knows I need that! These CUBE’s may be small, but they pack a big punch in terms of hydration and shine! Not to mention, they are a surefire conversation starter when you pull out what looks to be an ice cube and start applying it to your lips! Since using these, I’ve noticed my lips have become smoother, and less chapped. When I apply it at night, I wake up with supple, hydrated lips that are ready for any lipstick! May I also add that these little cubes contain 6.5g of product versus the original 2g? That’s some bang for your buck! These two little cubes are sure to last all the way through winter!
So – want to win your own? Here’s what Softlips Canada has so graciously offered to give to 1 Canadian Cosmetically Curious reader, valued at $50!
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