ILLUMA Cosmetics – Face Serum and Eye Shadow Reviews

Company: Illuma Cosmetics

Products:

Ink Matte Eye Pan $10.00 USD

Vegan Algae Serum (2 oz.) $48.00 USD

Reviews:

The Ink Matte Eye Pan is a navy blue eye shadow that can be used all over the lid or as a liner. When applied with a dry brush, the color is very sheer (see the top swatch), and can be used to create a light smokey eye. When applied with a wet brush as I did in the middle swatch, the color is much more intense. The bottom swatch was done with a wet liner brush.

I love using a dark blue shade as a liner instead of the same old black liners. It really defines and brightens the eye. When applied wet, this shadow has great staying power, but I recommend using a primer like I do with all shadows.

The Vegan Algae Serum is a light organic serum made for all skin types. The star ingredients include blue green algae extract, white willow bark extract, vitamin E and aloe vera leaf juice. It is made to reduce inflammation and redness, while tightening and brightening the skin. It can be used under moisturizer or added to oils or creams.

When used alone on bare skin, this serum can become a little tacky. I preferred to mix this serum into my face moisturizer which added skin loving nutrients to my routine and got rid of the stickiness. This serum made my skin feel tighter and helped to calm the redness in my cheeks.

The Bottom Line

ILLUMA Cosmetics creates organic, vegan and cruelty free products that are made to enhance everyone's natural beauty. The eye shadow is fantastic when used wet. The face serum is packed with nourishing ingredients that can improve anyone and everyone's skincare routine! Follow ILLUMA Cosmetics on Instagram @illumabeauty and check out their products!

Thank you, ILLUMA Cosmetics, for sending me these products to review!

Pistil & Bark Face Serum and Detoxifying Mask Reviews and Discount Code

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COMPANY: Pistil & Bark

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PRODUCTS:

Alpine Rose Luxury Face Serum 60ml $20.79

Canadian Glacial Clay Detoxifying Mask 60g $12.47

Reviews:

The Alpine Rose Luxury Face Serum is made to hydrate and nourish your skin while reducing and preventing fine lines. The star ingredients of this powerhouse serum are rosehip oil, pomegranate oil, grape seed oil, carrot tissue oil, borage oil, neroli oil, chamomile oil, rosehip seed oil, essential oils, and argan oil.

I used this serum as part of my bedtime skincare routine. I only needed 1 pump of the product to cover my neck and to have a little left over for my chest (I put it where the sun hits… gotta help that skin too!). This serum is a light oil and is easily massaged into the skin. I definitely think that it is better for night time use because you can feel it on top of your skin initially. That's not a bad thing because you wake up to moisturized and calmed skin!

This serum reduced the redness in my cheeks and has made my skin softer, for sure. I have dry, sensitive skin with occasional breakouts (I'll get to that in a minute!) and I am trying to use more anti-aging products. I have the slightest fine lines around my eyes and mouth, so I need those to get out of here and fast! Rosehip Oil and Carrot Seed Oil are known to help with collagen production and reducing signs of aging, so I will definitely continue to use this product!

To make this even better, Pistil & Bark donates 10% of proceeds from this product to the "Canadian Women's Foundation – Empower Girls program, which is dedicated to inspiring confidence in at-risk Canadian girls through science and technology, sports and leadership skills." How awesome is that?

Next, I'd love to talk about the Canadian Glacial Clay Detoxifying Mask! This product is fragrance-free and the ingredient list includes activated charcoal, Canadian glacial clay, papaya extract, guava extract, strawberry extract, and aloe vera extract. We've all seen those charcoal masks and teeth whiteners on social media, and I was so excited to try this one out! I have no idea what those other masks have in them, but this list of ingredients purifies your skin with activated charcoal and Canadian glacial clay while providing vitamins and minerals from fruit extracts along with moisture from aloe vera.

Since this mask is a dry, pitch black powder, it is best to mix a small amount of product in a small cup or bowl and add the desired amount of liquid to it (I used water). I also suggest that you use a washcloth to remove it once it is completely dry on your face, or just jump into the shower. Inevitably, you will get some of the mask on your countertop or sink, but it is easily wiped away.

So, how did it work? Man… I love this mask! My skin is dry and has clogged pores. They usually don't turn into breakouts, they just hang out under the skin making it look textured and unpleasant. I was really hoping that this mask would help with that, and I am happy to report that it did! My skin is looking smoother and this mask also made it much easier to extract my clogged pores after using it. I also tried this as a spot treatment and it really helped!

Also, "10% of proceeds from this product will be donated to Wildlife Preservation Canada – a non-profit organization that saves critically endangered species by breeding and releasing and building numbers when habitat protection alone is not enough." AH-MAZ-ING!

The Bottom Line

Pistil & Bark is a new company that creates vegan, cruelty-free, naturally effective products with a purpose! They work fabulously on their own, but I highly recommend that you try them out together! The packaging is beautiful and the prices are great for the quality ingredients that are in these products. My skin looks more radiant, smoother, and healthier. I really think these products are fantastic. On top of getting beautiful skin, you also get to feel great that a portion of your purchase will help animals or people in need!

Head on over to Pistil & Bark's Etsy page and support this wonderful company! Use code "LOVEVTH" for 15% off of your order, and let me know how you like their skin care!

Moon Luv Vegan Skin Care Reviews

Company: Moon Luv Vegan Skin Care

"Moon Luv Vegan Naturals is a natural skin care line that is vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and contains no parabens, sls, phthalates nor genetically modified ingredients and is dedicated to bringing you the best in vegan beauty & vegan skincare."

"Lastly, as we mentioned before, all of our products are cruelty-free. We do not use ingredients from any company that tests on animals. We believe that if a product must be tested on an animal in order to determine whether or not it is safe for human use, then maybe the human the humans shouldn't be using that product. Maybe, just maybe, there are too many chemicals in that product. Those are chemicals that are, eventually, going to do more harm than good. Those are chemicals that we, at Moon Luv, consider not worth incorporating into our products. We take our customers' body health and skin health very seriously and we feel that we have a social responsibility to not contribute to the detriment of any other being on this planet."

Products:

Apres Sun Body Polish (8 oz/226g) –  $32.00 USD

Apres Sun Body Oil (8 oz/226g) – $29.00 USD

Apres Sun Body Soak (8 oz/226g) –  $32.00 USD

Reviews:

Moon Luv  is a new company that creates cruelty-free, vegan products that are truly luxurious and unique. Their raw ingredients are sourced from all over the world, and each product line features a specific crystal. The Apres Sun Summer Collection (meaning After the Sun) features Citrine, a crystal known to carry the power of the sun. Admittedly, I am not a crystal expert, but I have always been interested in them. After a little research, I found that Citrine comforts and energizes while turning negative thoughts into positive ones… How cool is that?!

The Apres Sun Body Polish is a perfect scrub to use before you hit the beach to tan. It's vibrant yellow color and bright fruity scent is perfect for summer! This truly special scent smells of pink grapefruit and mango, and possibly a little bit of sunshine!  The scrub is made of cornmeal, which is a very gentle, yet effective exfoliant. This body scrub left my skin feeling soft and smooth. Cocoa butter, almond oil, and shea butter work together to hydrate the skin to prepare it for some time in the sun!

The Apres Sun Body Oil is made to be used under your SPF. It contains raspberry seed oil that has a natural SPF of 28-40, while Shea oil, Buriti and Ucaaba oils moisturize and nourish. This oil is thin and is easily massaged into the skin. It leaves a sheen, which is perfect for showing off those arms and legs you worked so hard for all year (push ups and squats for days, am I right?).

The Apres Sun Body Soak is an awesome, unique product. Have you ever soaked in a tub full of crystals? I couldn't say that I had, until trying this. This body soak has the same bright scent as the body polish, maybe even a little bit stronger. It contains Citrine crystals and aloe, making it the perfect after-sun skin treatment. While you're soaking, you can't help but feel happy and energized while your skin is softened and pampered.

I was also given a sample of Moon Luv Hibiscus Coconut Monoi Bath Soak, which I must admit, was one of my favorite bath products to date! The scent of Gardenias, Hibiscus, Lilac, Jasmine, and Coconut fill your bathtub and calm your senses. This soak contains Rose Quartz, the stone of love, beauty, and fertility. Dead Sea Salt and strawberries detox and tone the skin while the sophisticated floral fragrance melts your worries away!

The Bottom Line

Moon Luv Vegan Skin Care is a high quality, luxury skin care line. Their products are made with ingredients that you really don't see everywhere, and the scents are truly special. The frosted glass packaging of the body polish and soaks, along with the metallic bronzey-gold lids, look fantastic on top of your vanity or counter.

The Apres Sun Summer Collection is the perfect line to nourish and protect your skin after summertime sun exposure! I recommend these products to anyone that is looking for luxurious ingredients, bright summery scents, and crystals to energize your senses!

Thank you, Moon Luv Vegan Skin Care, for sending me these products to review!

 

Kylie Jenner Is Vegan Now?

It was announced today that Kylie Jenner is trying out a "vegan" lifestyle, according to her Snapchat account. With over 96 million followers is Instagram alone, this could be HUGE for the vegan movement.

There are many skeptics, though, for good reason. Kylie has often been seen all over social media wearing fur, leather, and eating animal products.

People can change, right? After all, very few of us grew up vegan. We all changed at some point, so let's give her a chance! Read the VegNews article, here.