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Double Down Cosmetics – The Cruelty-Free Brand You Need to Try!

Double Down Cosmetics Main Image

It’s 2020, and many brands are still not cruelty-free. If this is a big deal to you, there’s one cruelty-free brand that should be on your radar, and that’s Double Down Cosmetics! This affordable, award-winning cosmetics brand offers a variety of bold and neutral cosmetics that every makeup enthusiast and makeup pro will enjoy.

The Double Down Review

Since going cruelty-free, I had the opportunity to test out a few products from Double Down Cosmetics. I chose three shadows: MEDEAIJBabsGlo, and Control ($10 each). All three of these shadows would also work when mixed with a base to use as a liner.

The shadows are nicely pigmented and blend beautifully. They’re easy to work with, and, when used with a primer, do last a few hours. The BabsGlo makes a beautiful liner, and I can’t wait to use it more that way this summer.

Double Down Cosmetics loose shadows
Double Down Cosmetics MEDEAIJ loose shadow
Double Down The Control loose shadow
Double Down Cosmetics BabsGlo Loose Shadow

The Punk/The Future Bundle ($18.99) and Spearmint tinted lip balms are wondrous. They give a subtle tint to the lips while moisturizing them. I have been grabbing these lip balms more often than some of my higher end ones.

The Punk/The Future Bundle

If you do a lot of traveling or go into the city for school, their Starts With Foundation & Contour Ain’t About Geometry Bundle Bags ($10) is a great product). There is plenty of room to fit everything that I need in there.

Starts With Foundation & Contour Ain't About Geometry Bundle Bags

Overall Thoughts

I’ve enjoyed the products that I’ve tried so far! What’s even better is that they are super affordable, cruelty-free, and organic. If you are in the market for new makeup and want to try a new brand, I can’t say enough great things about products from Double Down Cosmetics. If you enjoy bold colors, get yourself the BabsGlos! 

Beauty Brand Spotlight: Cleure

I love trying out new beauty products released in the beauty community. But nothing beats exploring a new beauty brand and testing out a few products. I had the opportunity to try a few products from the brand, Cleure

Cleure Makeup Products
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About the Brand

This brand stands out because its products are for people with sensitive skin. The skincare products are on the verified lists for being free of common allergens: American Contact Dermatitis Society, Skin Safe (developed in collaboration with Mayo Clinic), Duke Dermatology, and recommended by dermatologists across the USA. This review is just makeup products, but I’m definitely interested in trying their skincare products.

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High-Quality Body Brushes Worth Getting

Rengora Body Brushes main photo
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When it comes to skincare tools, many people often wonder if they’re worth purchasing. Not because they’re expensive, but it’s whether or not they work. We’re all a little tighter with our money, and the products we’re buying must be worth it. I’ve never been one for using body brushes, so of course, I had to test out some of the brushes from Rengora to see if the hype is real.

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Is This Best of VOLITION Kit a Must Try?

VOLITION Best Of Kit Products

While I love being able to try new beauty products, I often hesitate when it comes to testing out new skincare products. Whether it’s a new or new-to-me brand, I’m wary about how my skin may react. When I find something that works, I remain loyal for a long time – or until something else comes along that works better. With that said, I couldn’t help but jump at the chance to test out some top products from the brand VOLITION

Front of Best of VOLITION Kit Box
Back of Best of VOLITION Kit
VOLITION Kit Products in the packaging

The Best of VOLITION Kit

The Best of VOLITION Kit is “nature’s gift for dewy, bright skin.” In the past, I ran like Forest Gump any time I saw the word dewy because my skin can get a little oily. Inside the kit are three full-size products:

  • Snow Mushroom Serum Water Serum for age-defying hydration
  • Celery Green Cream for pore minimizing moisture
  • Turmeric Brightening Polish for face and body

What’s helpful, the back of the box has information about the products, the ingredients, and how to use them. This comes helpful for people not familiar with the brand, products, or what’s in them. You should always be informed about the products you’re using.

VOLITION
VOLITION Celery Green Cream
Opened container of VOLITION Celery Green Cream
VOLITION Snow Mushroom Water Serum
top cap of the Snow Mushroom Water Serum
Snow Mushroom Water Serum opened with the dropper

Best of VOLITION Kit Review

I enjoyed using these products. The packaging is excellent, and I would place it on my vanity. The products do have a scent, but since it’s not the synthetic fragrance that I’m allergic to, I didn’t have any issues. If you’re like me and sensitive to scents, you should be okay with these.

Both the serum and cream are a thinner consistency that absorbs into the skin beautifully. After several uses, I noticed a little shine to my skin, we’re in winter so it’s a little on the dry side. The polish is your typical skin polish, except it’s not rough on the skin. I’ve used it a few times and not once did my skin get irritated because the grains were too harsh. I may have finally found a face and body polish that’s gentle to use on my ultra-sensitive skin!

I haven’t been using these a long time, but I do like how my skin’s reacting to them. Please note that no matter what brand I use, my skin doesn’t react as quickly to skincare products as others. It usually takes more than a month before I notice a difference.

If you’re in the market for new skincare to try, I do recommend this kit. It’s a great way to try the top-selling products at a discounted price. This kit retails for $70 ($100 value), and you can pick it up online or in stores at your local SEPHORA. If you sign up for e-mails on the brand’s website, you can get 15 percent off your first order, making this an even better deal!

Is This The Ultimate Beauty Organizer?

Cherry Blooms Beauty Organizer

Many people love buying and trying new beauty products, but storing and organizing beauty products can be a bit tricky. Does Cherry Blooms have the answer to your prayers with the ultimate beauty organizer? Let’s find out!

About the Ultimate Beauty Organizer

This 2-piece beauty organizer ($69.99) is a sleek travel-friendly case that includes one toiletry bag and a small bag organizer that features 16 compartments that can hold more than 80 products while keeping your beauty products safe, secure, and organized while traveling. This product was exclusively made by Cherry Blooms Founder Jellaine Dee in Australia. You have four color options available: Quilted Matte Leather, Quilted Shiny Leather, Black & Gold, and Chevron. While the Black & Gold was gorgeous – and will be a favorite – I chose the Quilted Shiny Leather to test out and review.

Is this the Ultimate Beauty Organizer?

Front of the beauty organizer
The back of the beauty organizer
Inside the Cherry Blooms ultimate beauty organizer
Inside the beauty organizer attachment

Beauty Organizer Review

If this was the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, the beauty organizer was just right. It’s not too large that you’re wasting space or too small where you have to carry around two organizers – it’s a perfect size. Not to mention, it’s a quality product that was made to last. I’ve had multiple makeup bags that barely lasted six months before it started falling apart. I haven’t tried washing this, not sure if it’s machine washable, but it’s easy to wipe down with a kleenex.

I recently moved and haven’t had a chance to get a proper organization unit for my makeup and skincare products, and this has been working great! It doesn’t hold everything I have, but it’s enough to put my day-to-day products in. 

I can understand that some shoppers may feel $70 is a lot for a beauty organizer/makeup case, but the quality is amazing. It includes a mini organize that you can take in and out when you’re traveling, which is so convenient. If you’re able, I highly recommend this beauty organizer if you’re looking for a nice size toiletry bag that can handle all of your travels. Is it the “ultimate” organizer, no, but it’s so good that I haven’t even started looking at how I want to store and organize my makeup products.

A Vintage Beauty Tool for Doing Lashes – is it a Must-Have?

reflection of lashes in the lash pro mirror

Do you want a beauty tool that makes your routine better? I’m always on the lookout for beauty tools that makes my beauty routine easier. If it can help knock off 15 minutes off my time – even better! While I work from home, I don’t want to spend lots of time doing my skincare and makeup in the morning. I had the opportunity to test out interesting beauty tools and organizers from La Dama to see if they’ll make things better.

About La Dama

If you are a fan of supporting small businesses, check out La Dama, which was first established in 2011 by makeup artist and licensed Esthetician Illiana La Dama, a TNT Agency certified in professional techniques, corrective and dramatic makeup. Her goal is to help teens discover methods that uncover one’s true radiance.  Her beauty tool will have everyone talking!

La Dama Girl Lash Pro Mirror Beauty Tool

The lash pro mirror looks like a vintage beauty tool mixed with something the dentist would use. The La Dama Girl Lash Pro Mirror retails for $25 and is designed for the lash artist. What makes this an ideal product is its size because it allows you to see the complete lash to ensure there are no gaps. You can also check for uniform or texture depending on what your lashing style is.

La Dama Mirrored Side of the lash pro mirror
back of the La Dama lash pro mirror
using the lash pro mirror

La Dama LD Lash Pro Tweezer Stand

I’ve owned and lost multiple pairs of tweezers, and they are not cheap, which is why I want a product to keep them organized. The LD Lash Pro Tweezer Stand ($25) is the ideal organizer! If you don’t have your makeup storage all set up currently, this stand is worth getting. 

Tweezers in the lash pro tweezer stand

Lash Pro Mirror Review

I didn’t get to try this doing lashes since I recently found out that I am allergic to lash glue. However, this works great at doing my liner and mascara. While I wouldn’t do my brows using this, it’s a great tool for quick checkups. With that said, I can see this product being helpful when it comes to doing lashes. There may be a learning curve with the mirror, but it’s well worth it!

Overall Thoughts on These Beauty Tools

The vintage-style lash mirror is an excellent product for lash pros, and the tweezer stand is perfect for anyone looking for affordable ways to store their beauty tools. If you want to try something new, then I highly recommend them. But if I had to choose between the two, I’m enjoying the stand! It’s a product that I would purchase.

Let us know which of these two La Dama products you’d be interested in trying!

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Clean Skincare That’s Affordable and Travel-Friendly

My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Kit

Finding skincare that’s both travel-friendly and inexpensive is quite the challenge. However, it’s a challenge I’m ready for. While I’m not traveling anytime soon, I am moving. I have to pack everything up and can only use certain products, so it’s the perfect time to test out some travel-size products from My ALCHEMY Skincare.

About My ALCHEMY Skincare

My ALCHEMY Skincare is a cruelty-free and clean skincare brand that wants you to stay as young as you feel using products with healthy aging ingredients. They learned firsthand “the impact of self-care and nutrition on our bodies, both inside and out.” Inspired by cancer, the mother-daughter team had one goal in mind – “to offer every [BODY] knowledge to empower healthy choices as we strive to help you live your best life toxic-free.” 

My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini still in packaging
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Kit in the included pouch
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Kit

Products Sent

I was sent and able to test the Travel Mini [$65] kit. Perfect for traveling or when you’re in the middle of a move, and you don’t have a ton of space or everything readily available.

What’s inside the kit:

  • Wildcrafted Cleanser
  • Rose Hydrosol Spritzer
  • Illuminate Face Serum
  • Towelettes
  • Vitamini

The website also shows you how to use each product, which I think comes in handy.

Each product is:

  • Wildcrafted and organic ingredients
  • Free: of toxins, sulfates, phthalates, parabens, petrochemicals, silicone, talc, artificial fragrance and colors, fillers, synthetic chemicals.
  • Cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny Certified
  • Vegan
  • Recyclable & reusable bottles
  • Made in the USA
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Face Cleanser
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Face Hydrosol
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Face Serum
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Towelette in packaging
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Towelette Case

Travel Mini Review

I recently decided to go solely cruelty-free and clean. I don’t believe in animal testing, there’s no need for it, and I will not use brands that still do this. This kit is nice. It truly is. I have crazy sensitive skin, so of course, I was a bit nervous to try everything. My skin reacted nicely. They don’t take up a lot of space on my bathroom skink, you don’t need to use a ton of products, and there are no horrible scents.

This kit is an excellent option if you’re looking to try a new brand, you want to go cruelty-free, or you are doing some traveling soon and want travel-friendly products. While I do like these products and didn’t have any issues, I’d recommend testing them out before you travel. It’s always best to know a product works for you before heading out on vacation.

Overall Thoughts

The price might seem high for a travel kit, but the quality is marvelous and well worth it. I’m always looking for great deals and ways to save money, but when it comes to skincare, I’ll spend the money if it’s amazing. And it is.

Exploring New Beauty Products with C’est Moi

We tried the Visual Artist Makeup Crayon set and excited to share what we think. Did you know this set can be found at Target!?

Visual Artist Makeup Crayon Set - Front of Packaging
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When it comes to makeup, I always tell people to do what makes them happy. If you want to go neutral, do it. If you want to wear the boldest shadows, rock it out! Makeup lets us explore who we are and our creativity. However, many people don’t always have the money to expand their collection, especially if they’re unsure whether or not the bold colors will work out. This is where brands like C’est Moi come into play. 

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About the Brand & What was Sent

This clean beauty brand offers a wide variety of products from skincare to color cosmetics. I’ve been called “basic” many times because I always go for the neutral shadows, so when I was given the opportunity to step outside my typical comfort zone, I couldn’t say no. The brand was kind enough to send their Visual Artist Makeup Crayon (set of 6) to try out, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these and try something different. The six shades in the set include:

  • Night: Black
  • Ruby: Red
  • Sapphire: Navy Blue
  • Leaf: Green
  • Daffodil: Bright Yellow
  • Dove: White

There are many benefits to using these products, which include:

  • Made for delicate skin types
  • NO – Talc, Fragrance, Parabens, Phthalates, Sulfates, Mineral oil, or Propylene Glycol
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Clinically tested on sensitive skin
  • Hypoallergenic
Visual Artist Makeup Crayon Set - Front of Packaging
Visual Artist Makeup Crayon Set - The Back of Packaging
Visual Artist Makeup Crayon Set - Side View of Pencils

Visual Artist Makeup Crayon

The shadow pencils glide on nicely and fairly easy to work with. Everyone is different, but sometimes you have to work quickly with cream products to avoid any creasing. My eyelids crease like you wouldn’t believe, so I have to work quickly – other people may not. The colors are fun, bright, and can be used with any bold eye look you’re going for. At the price point $25 for the Visual Artist Makeup Crayon set of 6, it’s worth stepping outside your normal looks to try something new.

The white makes a great base to help eye shadows pop more, and the black works as a liner, as long as you set it with a black shadow. If you’re really good and working with cream products and shadows, the Visual Artist Makeup Crayon can also be used to darken up your look a little bit.

Overall Thoughts

While $25 can be a little bit more than what some people may want to spend, but you are getting six shadow sticks in the Visual Artist Makeup Crayon set to work with. That’s less than $5 a pencil. I’m enjoying these shadow pencils, and it works out great that they’re a clean brand since I’m moving to only use clean and cruelty-free brands

We Tried 3INA And We’re Stoked

I recently had the opportunity to review a few products from the brand 3INA, and I was shocked – talking Taylor Swift shock face shocked – when the package arrived.

Products from 3INA in the original packaging
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3INA Review: Skincare Products

There were four skincare products: the matte & smooth primer, and three oil drops (defence, detox, and energy). 

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These Must-Have Socks are Game-Changing

One of the many reasons why I hate wearing socks when I go into the city or visit a place where I will be doing a lot of walking is because my socks always tend to fall a little bit. As I walk, the sock will slowly drop down and fall by my ankles, which can get a bit uncomfortable and frustrating. I have some good news! I may have found the product that solves that problem – INVISA SOX

About INVISA SOX

The website states that the “sockless look is in, but the smell is NOT. Protect yourself from being “that girl” and start your day by putting on a pair of INVISASOX, the world’s most over-engineered no show sock (seriously). We’ve created these socks to end annoying problems like nasty odor, sweat, blisters, discomfort, shoe damage, and terrible no show sock experiences.”

Product Review

I had the opportunity to test out the no show socks. They are a lightweight, ultra-thin, yet comfortable ankle socks that remain hidden when you have your shoes on. Basically, they look like you’re not wearing any socks. These are so comfortable when you do a lot of walking around and they don’t budge… AT ALL! 

There are five color options available: Grey, Black, White, Beige, and Brown. Each package comes with three pairs and retails for $13.95, which is a great price. 

While you can wear these with any shoes, I prefer to wear them with my Keds or my black or silver Sam Edelman ballet flats. I’m being completely honest, you will not see these socks! It’s amazing! I went to a summer fest at the end of June and INVISA Sox no show socks worked amazingly. 

At the end of the day, you can wash these like you would any other pairs of socks. The material is a little thinner than your average sock, so be a little careful when you wash and dry them. My pairs are still in pristine shape, but it’s still good to keep an eye out. Also, I have super sharp toenails that I now clip regularly after finding holes in many socks where my big toe would be.

Overall Thoughts

I never thought I’d love a pair of socks as I do with these. Anything that makes my day-to-day activities easier, I’m all for. The price is good since you probably won’t wear them on a daily basis, the quality is excellent, and they actually work. I can’t say enough great things about them, and definitely, think they’re worth getting.