October 2017 Empties | Look at my trash!

It’s sadly the end of my favorite month. But, that means it’s time to talk about all the stuff I used up! 

Before I get into that though, look at my new Empties bin!!! #slytherinpride🐍🐍

Hair Care 


Project Beauty Hairgurt “Strawberry Banana”: This is my second empty of this stuff and I love it. It’s inexpensive, smells freaking fantastic, works wonders, and is obviously CF. Will repurchase (again).

L’Oréal Extordinary Oil: This stuff took me ages to get through. It did its job and smelled nice. However, L’Oréal is not CF. Will not repurchase.

OGX Moroccan Argon Creme Shampoo: I actually really enjoyed this Shampoo. It worked very well and and the scent was very long lasting. I am having trouble finding out what OGX’s actual CF stance is. My repurchase decision is undecided.

OGX Hydrating Macadamia Oil Conditioner: Again, I loved this product. It made my hair very soft and the scent was phenomenal and long lasting. My repurchase decision is undecided for the same reason as the Shampoo.

Home Scents


BBW Wallflowers “Leaves” and “Sleep”: I love these scents, but I no longer support BBW. I still have so many to go through, and my friend got me a few during a sale. These things won’t go away 🙄. 

BBW Stress Relife Eucalyptus and Spearmint Candle: I hate spearmint, so I was not a fan of this candle. I am going to repurpose the jar though! 

Makeup and a random


Colgate Radiant Tooth Paste: I keep forgetting to throw my tooth paste in my Empties! I remembered this time though. Not CF will not repurchase. BTW, I have a neat tooth brush post coming up!

Duo Lash Glue “Black”: works well. Would rather have the clear one. I need a good CF lash glue.

Jordana Fabuliner “Black”: A Great inexpensive liner. CF. Will repurchase.

Physician Formula Double Ended Brow Pencil: I never used the Highlight side. I think the Brow side was too thick for my liking. Is CF though! Will not repurchase.

Rimmel Exagerate Liner “Black”: Not CF, will not repurchase.

Body/Skin Care


Clearasil Toner: Not CF, didn’t do anything. Will not repurchase.

Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser: I am in love with this face wash! It’s inexpensive, very effective, CF, and 97% natural! Will repurchase!

Juara Java Plum Avocado Mask: I have a Review on this product! Read it to find out!

Beenigma: I don’t get they hype over this stuff…I also don’t think that there is bee venom in it. Will not repurchase.

Soap&Glory Flake Away: I wish S&G didn’t test on animals where required by law:(. Will not repurchase, even though I love it.

Derma E Vitamin C Serum: I have a review for this product as well. Read it to find out my thoughts!

Neutrogena Water Gel: Not CF, will not repurchase. Did work well though.

Masqueology Collagen Hydro Gel Mask: This mask was neat. It was a gold Gell sheet mask that came in two pieces. It made my skin soft! But, it is not CF. Will not repurchase.

Body Sprays:


Body Fantasy Cherry Blossom: Not CF and didn’t smell too good. Will not repurchase.

BBW Sleep Spray: I used this on my pillows! I’m going to miss it, not CF so I won’t be repurchasing.

Taylor Swift Wonder Struck: I actually enjoyed this scent, but I like other scents better. Will not be repurchasing. 

That is all for my Empties! What did you use up this month??? Comment below!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

IG and SC @manda_janette


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Natur-all Club | Natural Hair Mask Box 

What it is: A natural avocado hair mask and a Serum, delivered monthly.

How much: currently only $25 a month.

I am going to be honest, before this I had NEVER used avocado, or any type of food, in my hair. Even though it is a frequently discussed remedy for dry hair. I was too lazy to DIY an avocado mask. This is where the Natur-all club comes in and saves me. 

The Natur-all Club Is a monthly box that includes A hair mask, hair serum, hair tie, shower cap, and spray bottle (the spray bottle is only in your first box).  On top of the benefits of extremely natural, good for you hair products;  you get the added bonus of taking part in supporting an all African American women owned business! 

Each month has a featured ingredient, for October the ingredient is Vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps repair and build tissue, reduce scalp inflammation and damage to the follicles, encourage the the growth of healthy follicles, and even prevents premature graying. Tackling a TON of concerns! 


The mask does need to be frozen until used sense it is made of avocado. Once thawed it must be kept refrigerated where it stays good for a week. The 4oz mask gives 1-3 uses. I used more than half on my first go.


Here is what the mask looks like! It is pretty thick, which is expected. Before applying make sure you dampen your hair with water, using the included spray bottle- remember his bottle is only in your first box.


Here is me, bare faced with the mask on! Once you have applied the mask secure your hair with the included hair tie then put on your shower cap. Let sit between 20-40 minuets. I did the full 40.

The mask does have a very spicy/earthy scent, which I am fine with. If you aren’t, don’t worry because you will still be using your usual shampoo and stuff after rinsing it out. So, the scent doesn’t stick around.

You are meant to repeat the process every two weeks, so I am assuming the mask can be refrozen?


After you wash your hair, you apply the serum. Then continue to do so once a week. 

The serum has no dectable scent and is solid. 

Once my hair was dry I noticed what a difference the mask made. I cannot stop running my fingers through my hair! It’s so soft! I wasn’t expecting results after my first use, but I got them and I am VERY impressed. I have tried a ton of hair masks, this one just blew them all out of the water!

🥑🥑🥑🥑🥑 out of 5 avocados! Way worth the $25 a month. It is natural and everything you need is included in the box.

Subscribe to the box and check out the Natur-all blog HERE!

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed your time with the post! Have you tried the Natur-all Club before?

IG and SC @manda_janette
*product was sent for review. All opinions are honest and my own. 

Ipsy October 2017 | Spellbound 

What it is: A makeup bag and 5 sample-full size makeup and beauty products.

Cost: $10 a month

I just can’t stay away from Ipsy, I have major FOMO. I am also back on the Boxy Charm waiting list. I have a problem.

This months Ipsy theme is “Spell bound”, super fitting for October. The bag is really cute. It is a Scarlett red with lacing embossing and the zipper is a little bat! I will definitely be using it.

Urban Decay “Perversion” 24/7 Glide On Liner


For god knows what reason, Ipsy still includes a pointless card with no information on it. When will you hear your people Ipsy and make a change!?!

Anyway, this is an eyeliner I have loved for a while, so I will get use out of this travel size.


Look how rich the shade is!

Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relife Eye Cream


I have heard some pretty good things about this eye cream, so I am glad I get to try it out. Hopefully it doesn’t let me down.

Tarts Lifted Sweat Proof Mascara


I am not one to wear makeup to the gym. But, I suppose this would be nice on a hot day.  I love trying Mascara, so I’ll never turn down a chance to try one. I haven’t heard the best reviews for this guy though.

Essence Satin Touch Blush “Satin Coral”


I have wanted to try this line of blushes, I’m glad I got a shade that I will actually wear. I have been loving Coral blushes lately. 


The formula is extremely soft and pigmented. Sometimes I can’t believe how inexpensive Essence is. The drug store has some awesome, inexpensive and cruelty free brands! For another day or so Ipsy actually has an essence offer and I MIGHT get it, probably not though.

Meech & Mia “Beige”


I actually love loose shadows. Getting to try them from random brands is exciting for me. I really want to pick up more from some indie brands.


The shade is really pretty, a lot of shimmer. I can see this being a mess so I will definitely need a tacky base.

That’s it for Ipsy! What did you get this month? Comment below!

Thank you so much for reading!👻

IG and SC @manda_janette


Vegan Cuts Beauty Box OCT. 2017 | Revitalize Your Look

What it is: A cruelty free and vegan Beauty Box you receive monthly.

Cost: $25 a month

I love VC. And I love October. It’s safe to say I was overly excited for this Box. Let’s talk about what’s inside.

The Innate Life Rose Hair Elixir $15


“Rose hair elixir to protect and nourish dry, damaged, and frizzy hair.”

First of all, this elixir smells amazing. The packaging is glass and has a dropper to get the product. I have high hopes for it! 

Use code “VEGANCUTS” for 15% off their site.

Vedic Botanicals Ayurvedic Skin Cream $15


“Ayurvedic herbs, Shea butter and coconut oil blended into a luxurious skin cream.”

This cream is a healing herbal blend and unscented. It’ll come in handy for really dry skin, small surface injuries to the skin, and may even come in handy while tattoos heal, which is awesome sense I plan on getting more soon! 

Use code “VEDICVEGAN” for 20% off at yourvedicbotanicals.com

Z Skin Cosmetics “Pumped” Mineral Mascara $19


“Add length to your lashes with waterproof mineral mascara”

I love receiving Mascara in boxes. I hate buying it, but I also love trying out different mascaras!

Moon Rivers Naturals Coconut Milk Face Wash $9


“Refreshing coconut milk based facial wash to cleanse and revitalize.”

This cleanser is pretty liquidy and it smells like coconut milk. It seems like it will be very hydrating.

Simply Wicked Matcha Green Tea Face Mask $3


“Antioxidant rich green tea matcha powder face mask.”

I love Face masks. I have gotten to try so many from this box. I have never tried a matcha green tea Mask, so this will be neat!

That’s it for this months Box! What did you think? Comment below! 

Thank you so much for reading. 💜

IG and SC @manda_janette

Juara Java Plum & Avocado Nourishing Mask | Sample Series 

*Can only attest to results from the sample size use.* 

I found this in my little box of sample products. I can’t recall where it came from (99% positive it was a Petit Vour Box), but it sparked my interest! Juara is a brand I enjoy, and I’m a face mask junkie.

Claims:

“Leaves skin soft, plump and radiant

Immediately relieves dry, stressed skin

Helps reduce the appearance of dehydration lines

May also be left on as an overnight moisture treatment.”

Ingredients:

“100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Water/Aqua, Cocoglycerides*, Shea (Butyrospermum parkii) Butter, Dicaprylyl Carbonate*, Stearyl Alcohol*, Behenyl Alcohol*, Glyceryl Stearate*, Glycerin, Avocado (Persea gratissima) Oil, Lecithin*, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate*, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols*, Buriti (Mauritia flexuosa) Fruit Oil, Java Plum (Spondias mombin) Pulp Extract, Mango (Mangifera indica) Pulp Extract, Banana (Musa sapientum) Pulp Extract, Plum (Prunus domestica) Fruit Extract, Neem (Melia Azadirachta) Leaf Extract, Neem (Melia Azadirachta) Flower Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum*, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin | *Certified Organic Ingredient”

My Experience:


I found that the mask was extremely creamy, had no scent, and was very easy to use. I loved that I just put in a thin layer of it before bed while winding down and it just seeps in! 

The next morning my skin was always extremely soft and best of all stayed hydrated for a few days! If you have dry skin, this could be face changing. I think this mask would be perfect for the cold, skin moisture sucking weather that will be coming up soon. 

At first I though the $38 retail value was too much. But, this mask is essentially perfect for my dry dull skin. You can get it, HERE, on the Petit Vour site, where you earn point for your purchase, so it’s almost like it’s not $38! 

🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁 I need it. I will be purchasing this five leaf mask. 

I hope you enjoyed this little review! Thank you so much for stopping by!! I have some big things coming up for y’all! 

What is your favorite face mask?? Comment below!

IG and SC @manda_janette


Beauty Without Cruelty Full Volume Mascara | CF & Vegan Mascara Review

If you have stuf with me for a little bit, then you saw that the BWC Full Volume Mascara in “Black”, was featured in the summer Vegan Cuts Makeup Box. You would also know that I was PUMPED to try it! I had been wanting to for quite sometime, but couldn’t bring my self to shell out the $25.95 that it costs. Now that I have finally gotten to experience it, I am here to tell you what I thought.

First, let’s start with the actual product claims, ingredients, the deets. 

Claims

“ FULL VOLUME MASCARA MAXIMUM LENGTH AND THICKNESS

DOUBLE DEPTH BRUSH MAXIMISES EXTENSION AND THICKNESS FOR EXTRA VOLUME”

Ingredients 

“ Aqua/water, Iron Oxides,Oryza Sativa Bran Cera (Rice Wax),VP/VA Copolymer,

Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-5 Laurate, Acacia Senegal Gum (Acacia Wax),

Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Copernicia Cerifera

Cera/copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Rhus Verniciflua Peel Cera/rhus

Verniciflua PeelWax (Japanese Fruit Wax), Nylon-66, Hydrogenated Lecithin,

Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ultramarines,

Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Powder,

Benzyl Alcohol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil,Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Biotin.”

My thoughts

I am going to set this up a little different than normal, I have a lot of thoughts on this little lady. 

The wand:


The wand is amazing. It really grabs each lash and helps to give the lashes Volume as it is intended to. But, it is also pretty large, so this isn’t doming that is easy to apply to the lower lashes. Which is fine, I’m extra enough to have a separate lower lash Mascara. 

The Formula:

This formula and I have a love/hate relationship. I love the length and volume it gives my lashes. But, damn do I hate how wet of a formula it is. If I had liner on my upper lash line it was fine, but if I didn’t good gracious could you see the transfer. It literally looked like I used a liner pen that was running out of ink and I just didn’t care. 

Then again, if I had my upper lash line well, lined, it was great! I mean….look!!


This Mascara is extremely easy to build. Now, keep in mind I’m in a phase where I’m digging the slightly clumped lash look. If that isn’t your taste you may not vibe with this Mascara if you like the “false affect”. I refuse to use falsies anymore, so it’s almost like a false lash placebo for me. 

I am giving this product 👻👻👻👻 . It lost a ghost because of how wet of a formula it has. I would not pay the full $25.95 for a four ghost product. But, would purchase it if it was on sale. 

If you would like to purchase The BWC Full Volume Mascara for yourself, of check out what else they have to offer, you can do so, HERE!

That’s it for my review. Thank you so much for stopping by! What are your thoughts on this Mascara? What is your favorite CF & Vegan Mascara? Comment below!

IG and SC @manda_janette 

Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum | Sample Series 

Derma E is a brand I really love. It is cruelty free, vegan, and can be purchased on Ultas website! 

Tonight’s post is going to focus on the trial size of their VitaminC Concentrated Serum with Hyaluronic Acid.

Claims 

“This concentrated serum helps to brighten skin and boost collagen health, minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles while improving the appearance of uneven skin tone. Intensely moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid plus nonoxidizing Vitamin C work together to protect skin from environmental stresses, helping to prevent signs of aging. Soothing Aloe and Vitamin E deeply moisturize for a rejuvenated you.


We use a stable form of Vitamin C that won’t evaporate or alter before absorbing into your skin, to work better for you, naturally.”

Ingredients 

“Purified Water, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C, Stay-C® 50), Glycerin (Vegetable Derived) , Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid; Actimoist® Bio-1), Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Propanediol (Vegetable Derived), Microcrystalline Cellulose (Plant Derived), Cellulose Gum (Plant Derived), Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide (Vegetable Derived), Polymnia Sonchifolia (Yacón) Root Juice, Maltodextrin, Lactobacillus (Probiotic), Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel Extract *, Allantoin, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Plant Derived), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylgylcerin, Natural Fragrance Oils.”

My Personal Experience with the product

I applied this product day and night, as directed. I found that it actually made my skin less dull and gave my dry skin more life to it. I really love it under makeup as a primer as well, it prevented my skin from drying out through out the day. 

💜💜💜💜💜 5/5 will purchase the full-size! I honestly believe it is well worth the $24.50 . I want to try the other products in the Derma E vitamin C line as well.

Thank you so much for reading! Have you tried this Serum yet? Comment your thoughts below! 

SC and IG @Manda_janette