The Cool Factor by Andrea Linett (received for review)
Lune & Aster Stratosphere mascara | vegan, gluten free, etc., etc.
Ecco Bella Good for you Gloss in “power” | in my Petit Vour box
Juara hand & nail balm | part of my Petit Vour box this month
I have so many random beauty products, etc., that I’ve wanted to write about for you, but they keep getting pushed aside, so here goes 🙂
I subscribed to the Petit Vour vegan beauty box a couple months ago and have received two boxes. It’s about $16 a month and usually contains about 4 products – a nice assortment from vegan/eco-friendly beauty brands. March’s box was pretty good, I got a Little Barn Apothecary Geranium and green tea mist that I like, and Lauren B clear top coat that I was REALLY interested in trying, but wasn’t impressed with (I used it once, and was frustrated that it’s not quick dry enough, so went back to my Seche Vite…).
April’s box was okay, I really like the Ecco Bella lip gloss, the color is pretty, it smells/tastes good, and seems to stay put:
Ecco Bella lip glos via Instagram
I also really liked the Juara hand/nail cream, but only at night before bed, because it’s rather more greasy than I like if I’m still using my hands LOL. It smells wonderful though, and seems to soften my super-dry hands nicely. I appreciate that it’s vegan, as opposed to my old standby Gold Bond. I may buy it at Skinstore next time I place an order because they have frequent coupon codes.
There was also an Ursa Major face balm that is not nearly moisturizing enough for me, and some bath/body oil that’s nice, but not very interesting. This is exactly why I cancelled my Birchbox subscription after a few boxes; you get some good things you wouldn’t try otherwise, but nothing ever life-changing. At least I’ve never received anything I’d re-buy. And I’ve often gotten some things that just don’t work for me at all, or I’ll never use, that are difficult to pass on. I’ll stick with it for a while longer, because I’m very interested in completely vegan-ing my skincare/beauty routine, so trying new things is important for me right now, but honestly, I could take it or leave it.
In not vegan or eco-friendly beauty product news, I did also get some samples of a couple of Sunday Riley products (Sunday Riley blue moon tranquility cleansing balm and Sunday Riley Tidal Wave) in advance of Sephora’s VIB 15% off coupon that I REALLY REALLY loved, but couldn’t afford to buy at the moment, so I didn’t. They were so good though, especially the cleanser. I did replace my Amore Pacific CC cream I’ve been using for a couple years, and that’s it. I still need a good, deep cleanser though.
On to the mascara. I’ve been trying to find a good eco-friendly mascara for a while. I’d sort of settled on Josie Maran’s argan/black oil mascara (I used my points at Sephora to get a few samples of those!) because I like how dark and thick it is, but man, it’s a PAIN to get off. Coconut oil does it, but I need a LOT and end up getting it in my eyes, which is not good.
There’s a Blue Mercury near the cafe I like to work in a couple times a week, so I stopped in there, honestly because I thought they’d have the RMS mascara, which I’d been interested in trying, or Ilia, but ended up with the Lune & Aster mascara, which I really like. Bonus that’s it’s $20. Not cheap, but not Lancome or YSL priced…and it also comes off slightly easier than others I’ve tried (I only need a little coconut oil!).
So now, the book. Andrea’s publicist contacted me a couple weeks ago about sending me an advance copy of her new book “The Cool Factor” to review. I don’t do a lot of “official” book reviews, but I love to read, and I love Andrea Linett, so I said sure! I was really excited about it, actually, because I’ve always admired Andrea (and Kim France) and their ability to find the good stuff, and then put it all together in a “cool” way. Lucky was the only magazine I read consistently, but I think it was better when Kim and Andrea were there; it resonated more with me. At it’s end, it lost me.
Anyway, the book is nice, with lots of good photographs, quick pointers for “easy” style, and TONS of outfit ideas. But the best thing is that while it speaks to women of any age, it is targeted and most meaningful for those of us of a “certain age,” ahem. All (or most?) of the featured women are in their 40’s or above, and there are pointers about going grey, or not, and a clear focus on dressing for yourself and in what makes YOU comfortable. (I would have liked to have seen a short girl in there somewhere though, to be honest)
If you’ve ever wondered how to achieve that “effortless” chic look, this book is full of pointers that help with that (layering, jewelry, accessorizing) – because, news flash, it’s not effortless! I don’t take it overly seriously though, or suggest using it as a guidebook, because I don’t think there’s a formula for style, or “coolness,” but it’s a fun book and you will probably find something eye-opening in it, or interesting that you’d like to try with your style. I really loved it, and certainly haven’t uncovered everything in it yet, but look forward to having it around to pick up and peruse when I feel in a rut.
Your turn, any beauty products you’ve tried and liked (or hated) lately? What are a few things you’re loving lately?