2017 Favorites | CRUELTY FREE Makeup, Beauty, Personal Care

2017 is over. This year was…rough. But, 2018 is going to bring better and brighter days!

Here are my favorite products from this year. They may not have come out in 2017, but 2017 was when they impacted me!

We have quite a bit to go through, so let’s get going!

Ulta Beauty Setting Spray

This setting Spray is sold at Ulta and Ulta.com, it retails for $10. There are a couple of different options, but the Dewy and Illuminating ones are my favorite. I find them to be comparable to higher end settings sprays, and MUCH less costly.

Wet N’ Wild Photo Focus Foundation

My favorite foundation of the year is also the least expensive one I have tried! I find it at my local drugstores, and recently it has been on sale for only $2.50. It is easily buildable, has awesome coverage, and blends out fantastic with a brush or a sponge!

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

The Beauty community has been crazy over this concealer. I haven’t had it in my collection all that long, but the short time I have had it I have fallen in love with it. It is creamy, easy to blend, and has extreme coverage. The Tarte Shape Tape Concealer retails for $27. And is worth every penny!

Ulta Beauty Brow Tint “Medium”

Ulta’s Brow Tint is a nice dupe for the Benefit Gimmie Brow, and is something that I have come to not be able to complete a Look with out. It really just gives my brows that perfect touch to make them look fluffy, yet groomed. Retails for $10

Tarte Tarteist Mascara “Black”

I love how full and Black this Mascara makes my lashes look. It gives my lashes length and volume. It’s like having falsies on, but with out all the work! The Tarteist Mascara retails for $23, the travel size retails for $12.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

I get this bronzer in the lightest shade and it is perfect for my fair skin. This bronzer is easily blendable and I find that it can be used to contour as well, sense it isn’t too warm. The Butter Bronzer retails for $14.99

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks

The everlasting Liquid Lip Formula is by far 100% my favorite. I am slowly building up my collection, and I want EVERY SINGLE SHADE. Pigmented, a ton of different shades, applies fantastic, I literally can only think of good things to say! The Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks retail for $20.

Violet Voss Holy Grail Eyeshadow Palette

I just recently made a post about this Palette. I am in love with it. The formula is great, the shades are all consistently fantastic, and the looks you can do with this Palette are endless. Trying this Palette made me want to purchase ever Violet Voss eyeshadow palette. The Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette retails for $45.

French Girl Organics Cuticle and Nail Oil

Nail care is important. The French Girl Organics Cuticle Oil is the most effective Cuticle Oil I have tried. It retails for $20, but one roller ball of it will last you ages!

Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask

Sheet masks are awesome, but if you want one that you will see actual improvement with this Mask is the way to go. I have acne prone skin, and this is the mask I use when I have a bad break out. I always have them in stock. For $2.50 this mask is a life saver!

100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream

Everyday I put this on my under eyes before I do my makeup. On the days I forget to, I notice the dark circle and bags under my eyes much more. This may just be a placebo effect, but I feel more awake and look more awake when I use this eye cream. It retails for $26 on petitvour.com

Luster White Power White Toothpaste *

I drink wine, coffee, and tea pretty frequently. So, the stains on my teeth were pretty intense. Notice I said were. I wish I would have thought to take before and after pictures of my teeth, because the difference is awesome. My mother even pointed out how much whiter my teeth are! I don’t really see myself using a different toothpaste now that I have tried Luster White. I have seen it in my local Walmart, but it retails for $6.99, Here.

Doctor Plotka Mouth Watchers Toothbrushes *

The bristles are extremely soft. So soft infact, that it didn’t cause any discomfort when i brushed my teeth after my oral surgery! The bristles are also arranged and cut so they will floss your teeth as you brush. Now, you should still always floss, the extra help is just nice! I find that the Dr. Plokta toothbrushes make my teeth, and mouth over all, feel extremely clean. These brushes paired with the Luster White tooth paste are life changing! You can get a year supply of the adult tooth brushes, one arrives in the mail every 3 months, for $20.99 Right here.

That’s my 2017 Favorites!!! Not many things really changed the game for me in 2017 but the things that did, are things I don’t think I can do with out!

What did you fall in love with in 2017?

Thank you so much for reading💜

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*products were sent to me for review, but all opinions are honest and my own.


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.


“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.”


“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!

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Petit Vour | June 2017

*This box Retails for $15 a month. It contains luxury, cruelty free, vegan, and clean beauty product samples*

Mai Couture Vitamin C and E Skin Care Blotting Sheets (Retails for $10)

I have used regular blotting sheets from Mai Coture and they were nice. I am sure these will work just as well. 

It is pretty neat that they are infused with SkinCare benefits. 

Nui Body Coconut Oil Makeup Remover wipes $4 (Retail $15 full size)

Can’t go wrong with natural makeup remover. This came with two pads to try it out.

“Pure coconut oil and organic essential oils will leave your skin flawless and glowing. This relaxing blend of coconut oil, geranium and lavender essential oils slows premature aging while soothing the mind”

Modern Minerals Lip Creme Tint “Fuscia” (Retails $20)

This is a really pretty shade for summer. The formula is light weight and easy to apply, making it great for hot weather! The formula is infused with lotus wei flower essence and gem stone energy. 

My Daughter Fragrances Bloom 23 $2.50 (Retails $85, full size)

I actually really enjoy these little perfume samples. I may actually consider spending the $85 for the full size, I am in love with the scent. It is extremely floral. 

It is said to have linen, rich vanilla, and soft ylang ylang. It is it is meant to create a light, clean, and clear smell. I definitely agree.

I really enjoyed this months Box! Well worth the $15.

What did you think of the products in this months Petit Vour box? Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!

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Petit Vour May 2017| Be Bold Be Kind

* Petit Vour is a cruelty free, vegan, and natural beauty box. It retails for $15 per month. 

I am really excited that I finally got my May Petit Vour box! It is a nice little treat. It is usually the last subscription box I receive each month.

HAN SkinCare Cosmetics Eyeshadow “Sunset”$13

I have another shadow from HAN and I love it. This one is just as pigmented and buttery as the other. In my opinion, a shade like this makes a great one shadow look. 

I love that this box usually includes one cosmetic product a month. It really helps when building a natural makeup collection. 

Mullein & Sparrow Facial Mist Toner $8 (Full Size $36)

“Condition and prepare skin for absorption to empower your Skincare ritual. Formulated with organic botanicals to keep skin luminous and supple while supporting homeostasis. To use, lightly mist onto face or into hands and gently press onto the skin.”

I love face mists. They make me feel very relaxed and refreshed. I have really been wanting to try Mullein and Sparrow as well!

Juara Java Plum and Avocado nourishing face masks $6 ( full size $38)

“A nutrient-rich combination of Avocado Oil, Java plum, banana and mango deeply hydrates soothes, and plumps skin, leaving behind a soft, dewy complexion.”

This sounds like the perfect summer mask. I have high hopes for it, I have a hand and nail cream from Juara that I really enjoy.

Aromatherapy Associates Bath and Shower oil $5 ($73 Full Size)

This sounds perfect. After a stressful day of work? The perfect way to end the night. By the way, I have already smelled it and it smells amazing! 

Petit Vour killed it this month! I am excited to try every single thing!

Thank you so much for reading, I really hope you loved this post ❤️ what is your favorite natural beauty product? 

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Kani Botanical Beauty Galaxy Milk | Organic Makeup Review


The more Petit Vour boxes I get, the more I am falling in love with organic beauty products. The Kani Botanicals Galaxy Milk Illuminating Beauty Oil, is no exception.

The shade is stunning, and is the ideal high light for the coming summer months. I usually do not reach for cream or liquid highlights, but man, this stuff blew my mind.


The little card, which has some really intense Glossier vibes to it, gives you a lot of information about the product.

Read full ingredients and product info here!!

Not only can this product be used as a highlight, but it can be used under or mixed with foundation to give you skin a glowy look.

The only down side to this product is the scent. It has, what to me, is a very faint scent of cucumber melon- but off. However, the scent does not linger. The beautiful, lit from within, glow that it gives is enough for me to ignore the scent anyway.

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I mean come on! It looks like star dust! Or the rays from the sun! I can not stop reach for this little vile of highlight, and it takes the smallest amount to get a magical glow. The full size retails for $32, and I can really see myself splurging on it, if I ever get through this sample that is!

I hope you enjoyed this little review, thank you so much for reading! Have you tried this product, what did you think? What is your favorite cream or liquid highlight? Comment below!

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XoXo Manda

Petit Vour UN-Boxing | March 2017


*Petit Vour is a cruelty free and vegan beauty subscription, retails for $15 a month*

Let’s see what is inside this months box.

Unboxing video!

Kani Botanicals Galaxy Milk Illuminating Beauty Oil $16

This highlight is meant to give the skin a subtle glow, while also blurring fine lines and wrinkles. It isn’t very often that I use a highlighter in this format, but I think I will give it a try. It looks stunning, and it has some big claims.

Metta Intensive Replenishing Face Balm $12.50


“A deeply hydrating vegan balm formulated with rare East African shea butter, cold-pressed oils and botanical ingredients…”

I have heard a lot about face balms recently, and have been very intrigued by them. This will be the first one I have tried, so keep your eyes peeled for an update.

Little Barn Apothecary Blue Yarrow + Geranium Cleansing Oil $8


I am not one to turn down a facial oil, especially when it is formulated with pure plant ingredients. This oil is meant to dissolve makeup and impurities deep within pores, while toning the skin!

Formulary 55 Rosehip & Cla Facial Mask $8


This pink clay facial mask is meant to draw out impurities, without over drying the skin. Sounds great to me. I have tried body scrubs from this brand and I love them, so I have high expectations for this.

That is all that is in the box! I would say it is very worth the price you pay for it. Have you tried any of these products, what did you think? Comment below!!


XoXo Manda

Petit Vour Un-Boxing | Feburary 2017


*PV is $15 a month. Curelty free, vegan, and usually green beauty products.*

Sorry it is a little late. Let’s just jump right into this.


Konjac Sponge Co. Facial Sponge $12:

I love these hyped up sponges. Getting tools that I will actually use in boxes makes me ecstatic. This one is actually made of Konjac potato, so it is full of nourishing minerals and antioxidants.

Alia Cosmetics 3-in-1 Nail Color Remover $1:

This is something I have been wanting to try, so I was excited to see it when I opened the box. It is healthier than acetone and has vitamins a,c,e, and pure argon oil.

St.Tropica Organic Coconut Hot Oil Hair Mask $5

I have never used a hot oil mask, so I am interested to see how this works out. You microwave it for 30 seconds, and leave it on your hair for 20 minuets. It says to get stronger thicker more lustrous hair. Sounds nice to me.

pvf2Juice Beauty Phyto Pigments Cream Shadow Stick “Stone” $22

This is a product I already own (same shade) and love. It makes a fantastic base, but also works wonderfully on its own and as an eyeliner as well! The one I already had is starting to run low, glad that I now have a back up!

*watch my video, here. By the way, I have decided to for sure throw “Stone” in a near future giveaway!”

I would say this months box is very worth it! What did you think? Comment below! Thank you so much for reading and I really hope that you enjoyed it.

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XoXo Manda