Saturday, 12 January 2013

Bath & Beauty from Vitacost!

I recently bought you a post with goodies from Vitacost and introduced you to the concept that they are not just for vitamins!

Well! Today I have even more goodies for you to explore, which you can ALSO purchase on the Vitacost website, which will interest all of you ladies (and gents) interested in a little bath and beauty!

That's right! You can pick up some fabulous beauty products to keep you in check and jazz up your routine - and you can be sure that you are using the best quality product at the same time!

I picked up an assortment of brushes, eye shadow, make-up remover, soap and lip balm! I am going to go over them with you and you can decide if you'd like to see more! I am certainly pleased with all of the items and am happy to present you with my view!

First up is a Soothing Beauty Mask, which as you can see is being worn my my daughter [BEFORE we put it in the fridge], from Earth Therapeutics! The mask uses a beaded gel formula to cool and aid in tension for tired eyes and to reduce puffiness, relax and relieve. It can also be used on the forehead to cool down hot spots and relieve headache. This is a cooling mask and is used by placing in the fridge for 10 minutes or so and then over your eyes - you should never use this mask as a hot mask, ever! It is for cool soothing only and can be a good alternative for non-medicated headache relief - you should always consult a doctor before use though if you have any health or eye problems so that you are reassured that this is the right product for you!

Next up we have our 2 VEGAN brushes from Larenim - one of which is an eyeliner brush and the other a large oval flat concealer brush! The eyeliner brush is fabulous for applying eye-shadow with a little water to the eyelid as a liner for sparkling effects and the oval brush is a great all-round brush and can be used for even application to the face and eyes! The fact that these are vegan allows for less of a guilt trip when applying make-up and a warm feeling that no animals were used for your brushes or bristles! I found both of them quite delightful to use and of a very nice, good, quality!

Another product from Larenim, which I was able to try via Vitacost is a very pretty eye powder/shadow in a great color - 'Crimson Tide'! In the photo on the website it looked very red and I did get very excited! I love a good red and jumped at the chance to give it a try! When it arrived, however, the box showed a pink patch on the top and  immediately my heart sank! HOWEVER! On opening the box, the color of the powder is a LOT darker than the box displays and, in fact, I was very pleased with it! A dusky pinky red, this one applies well and looks fabulous in the crease of your eye and with a pop of bold color on the outer eye! Larenim claims that all of its mineral make up is cruelty free, which is fabulous - it is also free of Parabens and Bismuth Oxychloride, with no gluten and no nano particles, talc or FD&C dyes.

I also have a set of brushes from  Honey Bee Garden's, which are not vegan, but they are pleasant brushes if you do not mind using a non-vegan brush! The set comes with 6 different brushes in a little black pouch ready to pop in your bag or make-up station! They do not seem as good in quality as the Larenim brushes but they do the job that they are intended for. I have used them to apply lip color and eye-shadow so far and they did apply well. The set is a good value for only $10.29 and only time will tell how these brushes hold up with use! I do like the package and they are handy to carry with you - the only thing that could have made them even better is if they were also vegan brushes!

As with the Larenim products, I also picked up an eye shadow from Honey Bee Gardens! This time, the shadow comes in the color of 'Castaway', which is almost like a shimmery sea green with a hint of turquoise and appears as part of a set of their PowderColors Stackable Mineral Color collection, which is vegan and does not contain any dyes, carmine, fragrances, petroleum derivatives, lakes, FD&C colors, bismuth oxychluride, dimethicone or parabens! The color applies well for a pop of color and looks great on its own or with a mix of colors. I actually tried both the 'Crimson Tide' [from Larenim] and the 'Castaway' [from Honey Bee Gardens] together and the results came with a smokey eye and several compliments! The color is true to the color presented on Vitacost and I was not disappointed at all. Very nice!

Next we have some Kiss My Face pure olive oil soap [from Greece], containing no phthalates, fragrances, artificial colors or animal ingredients  The soap is also gluten free, biodegradable and has not been tested on animals! The bar is quite chunky and of substance, which makes it feel good in your hands to grip, presents itself in an olive green color and lathers up quite well with a sponge or a shower puff! I regularly avoid bar soap because it dries my skin but this one did not! It felt soft and more luxurious than I had expected it too and I felt safe using this on my daughter. She loved the lather and there were no complaints! It washed off well and did not leave any residue as sometimes a bar soap might.

Next we have Pure and Natural Makeup Remover from JASON, which has been a long-time contributor to natural, better-for-you products that work without harsh chemicals or animal testing! This little tub contains 75 pads and are fabulous for removing any kind of make-up - even if it is waterproof! They contain a little Aloe Vera, Cucumber and Vitamin E and claim to leave your skin smooth and fresh without the need to rinse, which I have found to be correct! It removed my eyeliner, shadow and lipstick with ease and I have only ever needed to use 1 or 2 pads at a time. They are so convenient and the container is even recyclable! No fuss, no waste! Very nice, thank you, JASON!

Also available at Vitacost, you can find this fabulous tangerine lip balm from Aubrey Organics, which I absolutely love! I can't get enough lip balm in my life and once in a while one or two turn up that really tick all of the boxes - this one is one of those! It applies very smoothly and doesn't feel too sticky or heavy on the lips! The tangerine is light and lasts through the day with a little extra application as needed! It didn't make my lips crumble like some do and it wasn't too greasy! USDA certified organic AND cruelty free, you can't ask for more from a balm!

Overall, Vitacost has certainly done it again! They have provided me with some quality finds and all of these items shipped in the one package for a flat fee of $4.99 or free if you spend over $49!! Every time I visit the site there is something new to discover with 229 new products added just this week! Take a look over at their website and see what goodies you can find - let me know if there is anything up there that you would particularly love to try!


Disclaimer: Vitacost provided me with the items reviewed in this post for free of charge, I just paid the shipping. I have not been otherwise compensated for my thoughts on the products and all of my opinions are 100% honest and may differ from your own! Thank you! 


Nicole said...

I would love to have vegan brushes! Very cool. Nice products!

Kelsey House said...

The Soothing mask sounds divine! I could really use that.. I get so puffy :/ The make up brushes are awesome too! I need to get me some of these ASAP!

Ashley Boyd said...

The eye mask is just to cute!!! Everything looks so relaxing

Go Bronson! said...

The eye mask has been a saving grace for me, I have needed it so much this weekend, I'm so sickly and it is staving off my headache!

Melissa said...

The eye mask would definitely help me look more refreshed in my sleep deprived state. Definitely a gift to myself...soon!

Brie said...

I love vitacost and these products sound really nice, especially that lipbalm.

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