lucky bandit: beauty review
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Showing posts with label beauty review. Show all posts

Saturday, March 11, 2017

influenster voxbox unboxing: marc jacobs beauty highliner

Recently I received the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner VoxBox! Influenster sent me the box to try out some new products.

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I received two Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayons* in the colors Pink of Me and (Earth)Quake. These eyeliners retail for $25, so I was really glad to get them! They're super pigmented and go on so smoothly.

Pink of Me is on the left, which is a light pink, and (Earth)Quake is on the right, which is a deep brown and the color I would buy.  I don't know how much wear I'll get out of the light pink, but I'll use the deep brown every day. They state they last twelve hours and it took some scrubbing to get the swatches off, so I'll be putting them to the test here soon!

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Have you tried anything new lately?

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Friday, October 28, 2016

shiro cosmetics haul: harry potter!

Guys!!!!!! Harry Potter themed makeup that's vegan and cruelty free. How could I not??

On the day I read this Allure article (more like as soon as I finished it), I went straight over and bought some items from Shiro Cosmetic's Marauders, Mugwumps, and Muggles line.

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shiro cosmetics haul lucky bandit blog

shiro cosmetics haul lucky bandit blog

shiro cosmetics haul lucky bandit blog

I ordered the The Boy Who Lived eyeshadow, a charcoal with flecks of gold and red undertones, in full size which features label art, the Butterbeer gloss, and a couple samples, He Who Must Not Be Named and Too Big to Be Allowed. I also received two free samples (!!), Too Old, Too Poor, Too Dangerous, and Metamorphmagus.

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I can't wait to incorporate these into my daily beauty routine. Shiro has loads of colors to try out for everyone's fandom. You can even buy one of each eyeshadow. Sample bags are only a dollar, and you can sample pretty much everything.

Definitely go check them out!

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

cruelty free dupe: pacifica vs. opi

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lucky bandit blog katelyn carter

Now, most dupe posts are for the cost side of things. I'm all for a cheap dupe when it comes to beauty. However, this post is for a different reason - animal testing!

OPI is not cruelty free, as they sell in China. Years ago a friend bought me a bottle of my favorite color: You Don't Know Jacques. I love the brown/grey because it can be worn with anything! However, my bottle is almost to the point of being gunky. Of course I love the color, but I won't buy another bottle since they test on animals.

I went on the hunt for a similar color, but was having trouble finding it. I don't like to buy polish online since I can't see the color in person, so I took off to Ulta. My local store carries quite the selection of Pacifica polishes, so I thought my efforts may be fruitful.

Success! I found Pacifica's Beach Wood to be a wonderful color match AND 100% vegan and cruelty free! Not only that, but Pacifica's brand is a whole dollar cheaper, with no nasty chemicals, animal products, or hurt bunnies. ♥

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Friday, September 16, 2016

tarte rainforest of the sea samples review

Back in April, I sent out an order to Sephora for a couple items. The Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Make A Splash Skin Savers collection was one of them. Honestly, I just ordered this because it was cruelty free and vegan and I needed something to get my birthday gift and samples, but I had no idea I'd end up loving the products inside!

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The kit came with the Deep Dive Cleansing Gel, Marine Boosting 4-in-1 Mist, and the Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer. It took me a while to finish them, but I don't like to review something until I've used most of it. One use isn't going to tell me a lot, is it?

I'm still perplexed by the name. Rainforest of the Sea? What? But the packaging and color scheme of this collection is on point. It's relaxing, but eye catching.

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Now, onto the products!

The Deep Dive Cleansing Gel was nice. My skin felt fresh when I'd finished using it, but not dried out. It wasn't sticky, felt smooth on my face, and generated a little lather.

Now the Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer? It's got a long name but this stuff is fantastic. A lot of moisturizers I've tried felt like they were just sitting on my skin until they dried, but Drink of H2O soaked in well and my skin felt hydrated. There also weren't any shiny after effects!

The Marine Boosting 4-in-1 Mist was a new product type for me. It's supposed to be a moisturizer/primer/setting mist all in one. I was really unsure of how to use this, but I settled with spritzing it on after my toner and before my makeup. It worked well as a primer, and my skin didn't feel dried out. I don't think it'd keep anything in place if I was sweating, but for an average day I was happy with it.

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All three of these items are cruelty free and listed as vegan friendly on Tarte's website. Win!

Overall? I'd definitely buy each of these individually in full sizes. They're all pretty solid products. I'm definitely interested in trying out other items from the Rainforest of the Sea collection.

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Thursday, September 08, 2016

review: lush sex bomb bath bomb

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I picked up the Sex Bomb bath bomb from Lush a while ago, but I've finally found time to use it!

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This was my first bath bomb from Lush. I had tried other bombs from other places and I was not impressed. I dropped this baby into the tub and it instantly started foaming. Check out that gorgeous magenta!

It was really relaxing and my skin felt moisturized and smooth both during and after the bath. I can't smell, so I can't attest to if the bomb retained any scent, but it fizzed slowly and hung around for a while.

I'd heard complaints of the decorative flower not dissolving, but the one in my bomb was nowhere to be found afterwards, so I had no cleanup as there wasn't any residue left after I drained the water. That was a big plus as other bombs have dyed my tub red!

I'd definitely get another Sex Bomb!

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Friday, September 02, 2016

my latest beauty favorites

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lucky bandit blog katelyn carter

Swissco Ultimate Vent Brush in Large // Hairbrushes have never been a thing of importance to me. They keep my long ass hair from becoming a matted mess, but beyond that? Nah. Growing up I used paddle brushes and there was that one time my cousin got a round brush so tangled in my hair it had to be cut out, but other than that I never put any thought into how I brushed my hair. UNTIL NOW! Swissco's Ultimate Vent Brush is AMAZING! I no longer look at hairbrushes the same.

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Pacifica's Indian Coconut Nectar Roll On Perfume  // So good. I feel like I'm on a tropical island when I use this. It comes in a glass vial, so I'm a little hesitant to carry it in my purse, but I love it.

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lucky bandit blog katelyn carter

Hurraw Lip Balm in Grapefruit // I don't like eating grapefruit, but I love them in everything else. Luckily I can get Hurraw at my local Wegman's, and this stuff is awesome. It covers well without being heavy or sticky.

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion // I have dark spots from acne and this lotion really helps lighten them and even out my complexion. I use it at night after I cleanse and before I moisturize. I can see a difference in a few days and that's awesome compared to the many other dark spot correcting products I've used.

I'd love to know your favorites - leave your links in the comments! ♥

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

ModFamily Stash It Toiletry Bag Review #StashIt


I received a ModFamily Stash It toiletry bag at a discount in exchange for this review.
Opinions are my own.

The great folks over at ModFamily sent me a coupon code to get a deep discount on their Stash It toiletry bag. I was pretty excited - I'm one of those people that has one bag that all of my makeup goes into, and I have to dig through it to find something. So when I saw the concept of their Stash It bag, I couldn't wait to try it out.

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The bag is 100% polyester, so you can toss it in the wash or wipe it clean with a cloth if you need to. It opens completely up with the help of a drawstring, no outer zippers, and it gives you complete access to everything with a 21" diameter. It even has a little lip to prevent things from rolling off the mat. There are a couple bungee straps in the center to corral items, along with a small interior pocket that's zippered for valuables. (Some of those lipsticks are expensive, phew!)

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modfamily stash it bag lucky bandit blog

modfamily stash it bag lucky bandit blog

I'll start with what I loved about the bag: I could find everything I needed easily. All my makeup, brushes, and face products were laid out in front of me. It was easy to draw the bag up and have everything in one place. I could put my toner, face wash, and more all in there. I tried it out with a few of my every day products, but I could easily fit a long trip's worth of products in there.

However, the bag didn't offer a ton of protection for my items. It's made more for toiletries; bottles that won't mind getting jostled around. It'd be perfect for things like face wash, body wash, and the like. I wouldn't put brushes in there if they're not in a wrap. It also takes up quite a bit of space. You'll need a large counter to spread it out on to properly use it.

I'd highly recommend ordering a Stash It bag. It has infinite uses - makeup, toiletries, small toys, and you could even use it in the car for crayons and travel items! I can definitely see myself using this on a regular basis.

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