Oooooh la la! This month's Petit Vour Luxury Beauty Box was my absolute favorite collection so far! Curated by the gorgeous Tashina Combs of www.logicalharmony.net, one of the leading authorities on cruelty-free and vegan beauty. Tashina has spent years researching, testing and reviewing countless brands of skincare, haircare, make-up, nail polish, self tanners and body products to help make it easier for you to transition out of using any products that may still test on animals, and to hopefully go a step further by ensuring that they do not contain any animal bi-products. In the cosmetic world, this doesn't only mean a little bit of honey, beeswax or gelatin. Have you ever seen the ingredient 'tallow' listed on the packaging of your lipstick, eyeshadow, foundation, shampoo, shaving cream or skin care product? Tallow is created by rendering the fat of an animal carcass. These animals are usually sourced from labs, slaughterhouses, zoos, shelters and yes, roadkill. Umm... NO THANK YOU (for so many reasons)! Unfortunately, that is only one of the not so lovely ingredients used in some of the most popular beauty products on drugstore shelves right now. The Logical Harmony website will help take all of the guess work out of finding clean beauty products that perform just as well as (or better) than the majority of commercial products out there.
Because Logical Harmony has paired up as one of Petit Vour's main curators, I always trust that whatever that little hot pink box contains, is going to be absolutely fantastic stuff. This month was no exception, with products from ELLOVI, LILY LOLO, ROOT SCIENCE & YAROK.
ELLOVI, a small line of skincare for face and body from California, owned by Kelly Winterhalter and Ryan Pamplin, was created to help disrupt a beauty industry that is ruled by products laden with artificial ingredients and cheap fillers. Ellovi is passionate about crafting pure and nourishing skincare products from plants, if it doesn't come from nature, it doesn't go into their products.
The 6 ingredient lip balm that they have created is simply divine. A super smooth and creamy formula made from Hawaiian coconut, sunflower, hemp, macadamia, Gh anaian marula, and shea. The colour in the tinted version is from the red root of a Mediterranean flower called the alkanet.
This product has now earned itself a secure spot in my personal make-up bag, as well as my professional kit. Beautiful on its own, on any skin tone, or underneath whatever other lip products you might choose to put on top. For only $5.00, this is an absolute must have!
Now, to get my hands on (and in) a pot of their luxurious, hand-made body butter!
LILY LOLO Mineral Cosmetics, is a gorgeous, award winning line of 100% all natural makeup from London, England. Just recently made available in the US & Canada (hooray!) Each of their products is made with organic ingredients, and is free from any harsh chemicals, dyes and fillers. Not to mention they proudly show off their Bunny Approved and Cruelty Free badges, making this company a very safe bet for those of you who are actively avoiding products and brands that do continue to test on animals.
This company provides a complete range of products including concealers & foundations of different coverages and shades as well as lip products, eye shadows, mascara, primers & brushes. Unfortunately, I have only tried the Mineral Eye Shadows so far. Once I am able to get my hands on more of their seemingly gorgeous product, I will review, review, review.
The Mineral Eye Shadow included in this month's beauty box was perfection. They are highly pigmented, long lasting and durable. Like most mineral products, you can use this shadow wet or dry to create different textures and opacity. The shade Vanilla, one of the shades I have, is stunning for a highlight colour. A sweep across the brow bone, bridge of the nose, or top of the cheekbone. Maybe a little bit on the cupid's bow of the upper lip, or a pop in the inner corner of the eyes to bring light and youthfulness to the face - absolutely gorgeous. Lily Lolo does about 40 colours (give or take) in the Mineral Shadow collection. They also do pressed shadows, duos and quads.
Unlike many of the all natural eye shadows I have tried, this company truly nailed their formula. It isn't washy, it doesn't crumble or fall. It performs with excellence.
First thing in my shopping kit on Lily Lolo today, one of each of their 1`00% vegan make-up brushes & a whole bunch of these lovely little eye shadows.
ROOT SCIENCE, an absolutely fantastic skin care line based out of Northern California, founded by Gigja Hlín Wesneski and her partner Derek. Gigja drew inspiration from her home country of Iceland, where medicinal plants have been used through out history to prevent, treat and cure almost everything. The land is pure, clean and minimalistic and that is reflected in their formulas. Few plants are able to survive the harsh climate of Iceland, the truest test there, is survival of the fittest. This inspired Gigja to select only the most powerful and effective ingredients, resulting in highly active formulas, without any inactive fillers. Root Science believes in the gifts that nature has provided for us – those which start as a root and not in a test tube.
Root Science's Youth Serum is an absolutely astounding product. It showed up unexpectedly, I had no knowledge of its existence and right away it created conflict in what I thought was my already perfect skincare ritual. I was a very dedicated user of Pelle Beauty's Stellar Oil, so I was quite doubtful that anything would ever compare to it's performance. However, this product floored me after the first use and now I combine the two for a seriously lethal skincare routine that I keep on me at all times. Yes, I take my skin oils wherever I go! I use Youth Serum first thing upon rising around my eyes, the center of my face and my forehead (where I most require some extra TLC). After it has settled in, I apply Pelle Beauty's Stellar Oil to the rest of my face and neck. In the evening, I apply more of the Youth Serum to my entire face, and hit the hay for my beauty sleep. Each of these products on their own is amazing, but combined, the results are heavenly. My skin is smooth, visibly nourished and youthful. Even this week, after 5 days of doing make-ups backstage for Toronto World MasterCard Fashion Week, in a large tent full of hair spray, not drinking enough water and too much coffee, no sleep and a lot of pressure, I am still getting compliments on how great my skin looks. I love, love, love the Youth Serum by Root Science.
Free of parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances and triclosan this product is as clean as a whistle with only the cleanest of ingredients: Jojoba Oil*, Grape Seed Oil*, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil*, Cranberry Seed Oil*, Pomegranate Seed Oil*, Sea Buckthorn CO2 Fruit Extract*, Blue Chamomile Essential Oil*, Proprietary Blend of Organic and Wild Harvested Essential Oils, Non-GMO vitamin E. *Certified Organic.
Pure Balance features Blue Chamomile, which contains a high level of Azule, a powerful anti-inflammatory and skin healing component. Chamomile also contains anti-allergenic, antibiotic and antibacterial properties. This powerful oil assists in the healing and prevention of acne, eczema, dermatitis, broken capillaries and wounds. An added benefit of Chamomile is its sweet and calming scent that helps alleviate stress and tension.
This skin oil is perfect for normal or combination skin types. A definite must try!
YAROK, meaning 'green' in Hebrew, was founded by renowned Israeli hair stylist Mordechai Alvow, an editorial stylist who's work has been featured in VOGUE, Allure, ELLE, InSTYLE and Marie Claire as well as on the runways of some of the most major international designers. The Yarok philosophy is to make the greatest positive impact on hair and scalp health with the least negative impact on the natural environment. Each of their formulas is a gorgeous blend of organic and all-natural botanicals that are consciously sourced and responsibly harvested. There are very few hair care companies that can claim their entire line of product is free of alcohol, parabens, sulfates and cruelty to animals, all while working beautifully and effectively in your hair.
Feed Your Ends Leave in Conditioner helps to prevent damage from heat styling. Perfect for someone like me who is constantly blow drying and curling my hair. This product has a list of simple, earthy ingredients that don't just mask the problem like many commercial treatments, but actually protect the hair by feeding it with vitamins, minerals and essential oils like jajoba, olive, grapeseed, apricot, primrose, rosemary and may chang that nourish your lovely locks prior to heat styling.
This product is very rich, for me, a little went a very long way. This product would be especially amazing on anyone with dry, very dry, course or damaged hair. This product also works as an excellent detangler. If you are prone to knots after shampooing, especially on children - this is great stuff.
Petit Vour caters to beauty addicts interested in living a more compassionate lifestyle by delivering fresh beauty miniatures - culled from beauty’s kindest - right to your doorstep each month. Inside your box, you’ll find 4-5 personalized beauty products for you to apply, blend, buff, lather, soak and spray. The samples are generously sized (and sometimes full-sized!), with enough product for you to figure out if it’s right for you. Only $15.00 per month in the USA, and $23.00 per month in Canada! Visit www.petitvour.com for details and subscriptions.