Organic and Vegan makeup

I have been using organic and vegan makeup for a few months now.  I’ve waited to post about it until I had fully tested out the products I bought.  Some of them I really love, and some not so much.

I originally ordered all my makeup from Kaia House which is located in New York.  

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I heard about this company on another blog I follow, and I trust the writer because she does her research.  The makeup is not cheap; well, not to me anyway because I was always a drug store beauty buyer.  I purchased the powder foundation, a cheek highlighter, mascara, and two eye shadows.    

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Ivory powder foundation $21.00

The foundation did not work out for me.  I was a little wary of it anyway because I never wear foundation and I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it.  When I first started using it, I was surprised that it was pretty light, but after a few weeks, my skin became very oily.  My forehead, chin, and cheeks started to break out and I very rarely have skin break outs, or pimples for that matter.  I’m not sure if this happened because my skin is not used to a foundation or what, but I instantly stopped using this product and my skin cleared up within a few days.

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Cheek Highlighter in City Lights $24.00

I am really loving this cheek highlighter.  I’ve never used a cream blush before, but I liked the color shown online and did not like the colors offered for the powder blushes.  It goes on easy and has a little bit of a shimmer to it.  It can be used as a lip shimmer, too, but I found that it was TOO shimmery for me on my lips.  I think you can also use it on the eyes, but I have yet to try it there as I am not a big pink eye shadow person.  It lasts all day, even through my workouts!  I would definitely recommend this product.

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Eyeshadow in Latte $19.00

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Eyeshadow in Toffee $19.00

I like these eye shadows.  I went with neutral tones so that I could wear them to work everyday.  I’m getting bored with just these two colors so I plan on ordering some other colors, but I am going to try a different brand (which I will blog about later).  Both shadows go on smooth and last all day.  They don’t smear or rub off easily so yes, I would also recommend this product.

The last item I purchased from Kaia house was their mascara.  They only offered one kind and I would not recommend buying this.  It stayed wet and smudged very easily.  It would smear under my eyes so I constantly had raccoon eyes or I was going to the bathroom to wipe it away.  I started using Physcian’s Formula Organic Wear mascara.  

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Physician’s Formula mascara

I LOVE this mascara!  I found it at my local Kroger store along with powders and bronzers.  I’m hoping they will continue to come out with other products.  I cannot remember how much I paid for it, but I don’t think it was over $8.  It goes on wonderfully, dries, and does not streak or cause raccoon eyes.  It lasts all day, even through my work outs.

I don’t think that I would purchase these Kaia House products from their website again.  If I could find them on Amazon, which I haven’t been able to as of yet, I would go there first because it took the makeup FOREVER to get to me.  I ordered all of the products at one time, but received them at different times.  The first package contained the mascara, blush, and eye shadows and it took almost a month for it to get to my house.  I had to contact the company about the powder foundation and was told they thought I had it.  I finally received it two weeks later.  They tried to redeem themselves by sending me a bottle of their soy nail polish remover (which isn’t that great).  

I recently checked Amazon.com to see what type of organic and vegan makeup products were available and I found many different Physcian’s Formula products for super cheap.  I’m talking $2-$3!  I will definitely be ordering from there in the future.

I plan on purchasing some eye shadows from Josie Maran.  She is a model and has been developing organic and vegan beauty products for a while.  Her products are not cheap, which is why I have been holding off on buying anything.  As soon as I get her products, I’ll try them out and let you know how they work.

Do you or have you used any vegan/organic products?  If so, which brands?  Did you like them?

 

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Boon Teether

I signed up for the Citrus Lane boxes when Lincoln was about 3 months old.  Citrus Lane

I saw the advertisement on Facebook (those damn things get me 80% of the time!), did some research and liked what I saw, so I went for it.  Lincoln has enjoyed most of the products that he has received and there are even some products for me.  I’ve received nail polish, which I love, and lotion, which I also really like.  I like the products that come with the Citrus Lane boxes because they are all “green.”  If you do not currently receive the boxes, the company always includes a card which provides information about each of the products.  There are also coupon codes that can be used if you want to purchase other items from the companies. 

Anyway, Lincoln received a Boon Pulp teether in the last box.  He hasn’t really been into any of the other teethers that he has so I just washed this one and put it aside.  

Pulp Silicone Teething Feeder

Boon Inc.

I continued to look at it because it is so different than the other teethers we had.  I read about it on the Internet and went to Boon.com to really check it out.  If you follow him on Facebook, The Baby Guy NYC has written about this and other Boon products before.  It’s BPA, Phthalate, and PVC free.  It’s supposed to be easy to clean, unlike the mesh teethers that are on the market, and it actually is! It’s made for fruit and/or veggies to be placed inside so it actually tastes good to baby unlike those plastic teethers you place in the freezer . . . which taste like plastic.

I decided to give it a try this morning.  I cut up an organic strawberry and placed a couple of pieces inside the silicone cup and gave it to Lincoln.

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Inspection

He inspected it first, like he does with anything new.  He shakes it in each hand to see if it makes noise, and then it goes in his mouth. He chewed on it for a few minutes and seemed to enjoy it better than other teethers he has used in the past.  I think the strawberries inside really helped.  After a few minutes, he flipped it over and put the handle in his mouth and was more inclined to chew on it that way.  

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Then, he got bored and started banging it on the tray:

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My verdict?  I will definitely give it another try with different fruits and veggies.  I think it will be great for this summer because I can add in frozen fruits for a cool treat while we are playing outside.