Product Reviews, Skin Care

Beautisol Self-Tanning Mousse Review

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One of my favorite self-tanning products out there has just been released in a new larger size! I first discovered Beautisol several years ago when I was invited to a beauty event in San Francisco. Created by the Self-Tanning Queen herself, Sinead Norenius, who always has flawless bronzed skin, I was immediately intrigued by the brand. They are cruelty-free and all products are also vegan. iFabbo sent me a bottle of the new 8 ounce size Self-Tanning Mousse from Beautisol for review. The timing was perfect as it’s starting to get warmer outside.

Claims:A lightweight, quick drying self-tanning mousse for all skin colors and skin types which produces a natural looking tan.

Ingredients:  Water (Aqua) Dihydroxyacetone, Ethoxydiglycol, Caramel, Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium PCA, Betaine, Sorbitol, Glycine, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Fragrance (Parfum) Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Yellow 6 (CI 15985) Red 40 (CI 16035) Green 5 (CI 61570)

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan formula. Very easy to apply. The formula is tinted to provide instant color and to help you see where you may have missed. Comes with an application mitt to prevent your hands from absorbing too much product. Paraben-free. Moisturizing formula.

Cons: The formula may dry quickly for some – just remember to take your time with the application process.

The Verdict: Any long-time reader of Logical Harmony knows that I love this self-tanning mousse! It’s one of the best self-tanning products out there. It gives me a very natural color in minutes that deepens over time. The color is very natural and never orange. If you’re new to self-tanning, Beautisol also has several extremely helpful videos on their website to help explain the process and give application tips.

As a special bonus for Logical Harmony readers, use the discount code BBLOGGER for 15% off your purchase of the Beautisol Self Tanning Mousse (valid until 08/15/2014).

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Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. Please note that all reviews are 100% honest and a product would not receive a favorable review unless it provided favorable results.

Beauty & Cosmetics, Product Reviews

Pacifica Persian Rose Perfume Review

Pacifica Persian Rose Perfume Review

Being from the Pacific NorthWest originally, Pacifica is a brand that I grew up with. Everything the brand makes, from perfume to candles to makeup, is not only cruelty free but also vegan. I love supporting brands where all the items are vegan. It also makes shopping a lot easier because I know that I don’t need to check the ingredient list of every item and ask their Customer Support team a lot of questions before purchasing.

Finding a good perfume is already hard enough. But a good vegan perfume? It’s been extremely difficult! So many fade too quickly or are just essential oils. I was also specifically looking for a spray-on perfume, too. After seeing the entire Pacifica perfume collection on sale recently at Whole Foods, I decided to pick up a bottle of Persian Rose perfume.

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Product Reviews, Skin Care

Beautisol Exscrub Me? Review

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With summer right around the corner, I’m preparing my skin my with self-tanning products. Personally, I try to avoid the sun as much as I can. We need some exposure to help with Vitamin D, but I’m happy to get my tan from a bottle instead of risk pre-mature aging, wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancer. Through iFabbo, I was able to try the brand new face scrub from Beautisol called Exscrub Me?. I love all of the Beautisol products that I have used before, so I was eager to give this one a try.

Claims:Exscrub Me?™ is a gentle, yet effective citrus face exfoliant that is the perfect solution for removing dead skin cells and impurities prior to a face self-tan application.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Polyethylene (Beads), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Jojoba Esters (Beads), Behenyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Glyceryl Stearate, Sucrose Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Squalane, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Potassium Sorbate, Carbomer, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Tocotrienols, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Phytic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Alcohol, Tocopherol (D-alpha), Passiflora Incarnata (Passionflower) Flower Extract *Certified Organic

Pros: Light citrus scent. Uses jojoba beads to exfoliant gentle. Suitable for all skin types. Paraben-free. Sulfate-free. Sodium laurel/laureth sulfate-free.

Cons: None.

The Verdict: I thought that this was a really gentle and effective scrub. It did a great job of helping to prep my face for self tanner application. Overall, I really liked Exscrub Me? I only wish that there was a body scrub version of this product!

As a bonus to Logical Harmony readers, you can use the promo code BOGO2014 your readers can “Buy One, Get One Free” at Beautisol.com (valid until 6/31/14)!

You can stay up to date with Beautisol on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. Please note that all reviews are 100% honest and a product would not receive a favorable review unless it provided favorable results.

Beauty & Cosmetics, Product Reviews, Skin Care

Petit Vour April Vegan Beauty Box Review

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When you are a beauty addict like I am, subscription boxes are a fun way to get introduced to new items. Petit Vour is a monthly subscription box that brings you only cruelty free and vegan items. Each box has four or more items that are either large sample size or full size.

My April Petit Vour box contained:

  • Lily Lolo Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad in Smoky Rose – This limited edition shadow quad is perfect for creating a natural smoky eye look. It’s talc free, but contains jojoba oil to nourish and moisturize your skin. The shades aren’t heavily pigmented, but they apply easily and blend well. I also really like the packaging, which is a high quality mirrored compact.
  • Harvey Prince Yogini Fragrance – This large sample has a lovely earthy scent with notes of sandalwood, amber, incense, myrrh, grapefruit, lily of the valley, star jasmine, rose petals, ylang-ylang, cardamom, and madagascar vanilla. The scent may not be for everyone, but I personally really like it.
  • Kimberly Parry Organics Creamy Cleanser Face Wash – This cleanser is a great mix of ingredients to get your skin clean without drying. It’s also high in sea minerals and vitamins to help nourish your skin.
  • Jane Scrivner Intense Anti-Aging Oil – This is a “night oil” to target fine lines and wrinkles. It also works for pigmentation and scars. This oil is made from cold-pressed Rosa Mosqueta Oil. It feels heavy but absorbs quickly into the skin and does not leave your skin feeling greasy. I was not a big fan of the smell and thought it smelled a bit like walnuts. However, I would rather this natural smell than an artificial one any day.

Petit Vour April Vegan Beauty Box Review

The Petit Vour box costs $15.00 a month in the US and $23.00 a month in Canada. Starting in May, the boxes will also be available Internationally for $30.00 per month. This price includes shipping.

Overall, I liked this box. Petit Vour always contains items that I am interested in but typically do not buy on my own. I’m really excited to try each item and incorporate them into my beauty routine.

You can stay up to date with Petit Vour on TwitterFacebookInstagramTumblr, and Pinterest.

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Beauty & Cosmetics

Cruelty Free & Vegan Dupes for Popular Tarte Items

[maxbutton id=”2″]Cruelty Free & Vegan Dupes for Popular Tarte Items

Earlier this year, Tarte Cosmetics, long known for their cruelty free status and having many vegan options, was bought by Kose. Kose is a Japanese brand that is notorious for their animal testing practices. While Tarte is going to be able to keep their cruelty free status, many no longer feel comfortable purchasing their products. Being a huge Tarte fan, I was deeply saddened by this choice and also needed to replace a lot of products in my beauty routine. In this post, I will share the cruelty free and vegan dupes for popular Tarte products that I have discovered.

Serum – I loved the Maracuja Oil so much. This is a pure plant oil that moisturized and balanced out skin. Instead of this product, try the Sea Buckthorn Hydrating Serum from Sibu Beauty. This serum absorbs quickly, is very moisturizing, and really brought out the best in my skin. After trying it, I thought it was a great alternative to the Maracuja Oil.

Concealer –  The Maracuja Creaseless Concealer is on the top of many people’s Holy Grail products lists. It was on the top of mine, too! Until I tried the Peach HD Cream Concealer from Silk Naturals that is. Not only is this concealer a fraction of the cost, but on my skin it actually blends in better and stays in place longer than the Tarte concealer. I wish I would have found this option sooner!

Cruelty Free & Vegan Dupes for Popular Tarte Items

Foundation – The Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation was my Holy Grail foundation. It provided such great coverage, came in a large color range, and was truly a matte foundation. Imagine my surprise when a drugstore buy came in as the next best option. While the CoverAll Foundation from Wet’n’Wild may not be just as full coverage as the Amazonian clay, it does happen to be more hydrating and apply smoother. Plus, you can buy several tubes for the price of one tube of the Amazonian Clay foundation.

Mascara – The classic Tarte mascara was Lights, Camera, Lashes. This mascara promised the best of both worlds when it came to both length and volume, and many felt that it delivered. I have found that the Better Than Sex mascara from Too Faced works better on my lashes than any other mascara I have tried. It delivers tons of volume and lots of length. So much so that I’ve been asked if I am wearing false lashes multiple times while wearing just two coats of this mascara!

Hopefully this helped you find some good cruelty free and vegan dupes for some of the most popular Tarte items. I tried to pick items that I used myself but that I knew lots of others used as well. If you have been replacing your Tarte items, I would love to hear what dupes you are using!

When it comes to parent companies, I can see both sides of the argument. It is true that purchasing a cruelty free item owned by a brand who does test on animals means that your money is ultimately funding a company that takes part in outdated and unethical practices. I can also understand how individuals feel that purchasing from cruelty free brands can show the parent company that there is major value in brands that do not test on animals. This is decision that I think each person needs to make for themselves.

While Logical Harmony does not promote brands with a parent company who tests on animals, they are listed on the Cruelty Free and Vegan Brand List with a notation about the parent company. I think that it is best to educate consumers and let them decide what is best for them. While I would love it if everyone purchased from only completely cruelty free brands, not everyone has access to or is aware of the options. In the end, I would rather someone choose a cruelty free brand with a parent company who tests on animals over a brand who directly tests on animals.