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Cruelty Free Sephora VIB Sale Recommendations – Spring 2017

It’s the second most wonderful time of the year for those of us with massive Sephora addictions! 😝 That’s right! The Sephora VIB Sale is almost here!!! I thought I would go through some of my favorite cruelty free products available at Sephora to give you a few recommendations while considering what new goodies to pick up this go-round. Real quick, the details as I understand them are that the sale runs from April 18th through the 24th for VIB Rouge members and your discount will be 15% off of everything as many times as you choose to shop in that time frame! Similarly, VIB member will receive 15% off between April 19th and 24th, while Beauty Insiders will be getting 10% off from April 20th through April 23rd. If you’re one of these lucky Sephora Insider members, you should receive a card in the mail as well as a code in your email that can be used over and over again during the above mentioned dates! There has also been some fantastic cruelty free news: Tashina from Logical Harmony has confirmed that Smashbox and Marc Jacobs Beauty (not the fragrances) have been added to her cruelty free list (Stila‘s back too)!!! Discounts and new brands and cruelty free goodness, oh my! 😜 Enough silliness, let’s get to the recommendations (linked to reviews if I have one). 😉

Sephora VIB Sale 2016 – Cruelty Free Options!

Ahhhhh!!! It’s that time of year again! Yup, Sephora’s annual VIB / VIB Rouge 20% Off Sale! If you’re a Rouge member, you are probably aware that the sale just began for you (code “20ROUGE”)! ? For Rouge members, the sale runs from November 4-7, while VIB members get a go at the sale from November 11-14 (code “20VIB”). Given this always exciting event, I thought I would share some of my cruelty free recommendations with you today! So let’s get started as this could become rather lengthy. ?

April Favorites – Full of Makeup! – Too Faced, NARS, Jouer, Tarte, Buxom & Josie Maran

Another month, another Favorites post! It’s been a crazy month…again…but I managed to wear a bit more makeup this time around. My skin has been so red and blotchy that I couldn’t not! JI actually don’t think I have anyskin care, hair care or body care this month, which is rare for me! J It’s not that I don’t have favorites, just nothing new that stands out. So, without further ado, I bring you my April Favorites! J

For starters, I would have been totally lost without the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint. I’ve mentioned this before, but I hadn’t been using it recently…until April rolled around! I’m not sure that there’s been a day that I’ve been out where I haven’t worn this wonder product. This has such amazing coverage for a tinted moisturizer – even if it were a light-medium foundation – and it has such a natural finish. It’s not too matte, but it doesn’t look at all greasy on my combo skin like most tinted moisturizers tend to. It also helps keep me from getting super shiny all day and is such an easy throw-on-and-rush-out-the-door kinda product. The Jouer Matte Moisture Tint is truly wonderful!

I picked up a new blush during the Sephora VIB sale in April and instantly fell in love with it! I’ve been using it pretty much every day since! It’s the NARS Blush in “Torrid.” I can’t really explain why I love it so much; it just looks sopretty! It’s described as a coral with shimmer, which seems pretty accurate to me. The shimmer is very subtle and on the cheeks it creates more of a beautiful glow than a shimmer. I have a few other NARS blushes, and I don’t find myself reaching for them all that often, but “Torrid” is gorgeous!

Another item from NARS that I’ve been pleasantly surprised by is the Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in “Via Veneto.” It’s just a standard black eyeliner, but it is seriously the best black eyeliner I have ever tried! I won’t say much more since I just reviewed it here. Definitely couldn’t live without the NARS Larger Than Life Eyelinerin April!

An oldie, but a goodie that I’ve been using is also from NARS. It’s their Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base. This is definitely the best eye shadow primer I’ve used in terms of preventing creasing. I usually don’t have much trouble on one eye, but the other eye creases like crazy no matter what I use. Strange, I know! JFortunately there’s the NARS Base because it definitely keeps my shadows looking fresher longer. I may get an occasional crease on the one eye, but it’s a dramatic improvement from every other shadow primer I’ve used. Yea for the NARS Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base! J

I also fell back in love with my Tarte Brow Architect Pencil in April. It makes filling in your brows so quick and easy! I find that the Light/Medium shade is just about right for my skin tone as well as my hair color. I reviewed this quite a while ago, so if you’d like to learn more, check out that post here. It has seriously made getting out the door with the appearanceof actual eyebrows on my face so easy that I don’t feel compelled to skip it! And the Tarte Brow Architect is finally available by itself as well! J

For eye shadow in April, I could not stop reaching for the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. I really tried to resist this bad boy, but it’s just so beautiful! It’s yet another thing I need like a hole in the head, but it’s an incredible neutral palette with a bit of punch thrown in. I feel like everyone and her brother has been talking about this palette, so I won’t get into too much detail. It’s just an amazing all around palette with ridiculously adorable packaging, and yes, it does smell like chocolate. That’s actually one aspect I could live without, but don’t mind it either. The shadows seem to last better than most on my eyes too, so make more palettes like the Chocolate Bar Palette, Too Faced! It’s absolutely superb! J

Not wanting to abandon the lip products, I’ve been totally addicted to the Buxom Full On Lip Cream in “Mai Tai.” It’s what I would call the perfect lip gloss – and I don’t even like lip gloss much! It’s a beautiful deep peachy shade. It actually kinda reminds me of the NARS Blush in “Torrid” if it were a lip gloss. If you’d like to know more about the Buxom Full On Lip Creams, check out my recent review here.

And finally, I lied. There’s one body product I’ve been addicted to in April. It’s the Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream. I have it in the Warm Vanilla Fig scent, which I believe is only available in a set from QVC – plus it’s massive! JIt’s a great hand cream because it really seems to penetrate my skin. I found my other hand creams were just sitting on top of my skin, leaving my hands still thirsting for moisture. The Josie Maran seemed to fix the dehydrated feeling right away, although if I don’t use it somewhat regularly it sometimes returns. It’s not at all heavy, but if you use a huge quantity, it can feel a bit greasy. I haven’t had any trouble with it, but I know when I first tested it at Sephora, a ton came out and I thought it was quite greasy. After testing it a second time and not squeezing too hard, I found that it’s been just perfect! The warm vanilla fig scent is quite nice as well. It’s warm and comforting, yet still quite light and not at all overpowering. You don’t smell your hand cream all day, so I think the Josie Maran Hand Cream has the perfect balance of a pleasant, but subtle scent (the vanilla apricot is a beautiful scent too). Again I must say well done Josie Maran! J

I feel like this was quite an unusual Favorites for me since it was predominately makeup items. I hope it was still enjoyable!  JI should add that I’ve still been obsessedwith the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara too, but I know I’ve mentioned it recently, but it’s so good, that it needed another brief mention (see my review here)! That pretty much fills out my go-to face in April. Let me know what you’ve been loving in the comments because a girl can never have too many suggestions! J If you’re looking for any of these products, I will have them all listed in my April Favorites Luvocracy Collection, which you can find here. I hope you’ve all had a fantastic month and I will see you for another favorites next month!!!

Buxom Full On Lip Creams – the Gloss of My Dreams!

I first picked up one of Buxom’s Full On Lip Creams quite a while ago. I decided I wasn’t sure how I felt about it and tucked it away, forgetting about it completely. I found it a month or two ago and decided to give it another go. After all, I didn’t dislike it, I just wasn’t sure how much I did like it. Well, thank goodness I gave it another try because now I’m in love with it! J

I think part of my initial hesitance with the Full On Lip Cream is because it’s a gloss. I’m not the biggest fan of glosses. I think they look pretty, I’ve just never liked how sheer they usually are, plus they never seem to last too long. And if they’re sticky, forget it! I typically don’t like glitter or shimmer bits in my glosses either. Well, the Full On Lip Creams are none of these things! Though they do have shimmery glosses in the Buxom line, every shade of the Full On Lip Cream is just that – a cream. The shades that I have are quite pigmented, while still remaining glossy and incredibly comfortable on the lips. They’re definitely still a gloss and not a liquid lipstick, but they are pigmented enough that I can actually detect a color, not just a shine with a minimal whisper of color. These are absolutely beautiful glosses! J

As I just stated, these glosses pack a good punch in the color department. They show up on my lips with one pass, but can be made even more intense with further swipes. The color is still sheer, but it is a definite creamy color. Of course, I only have shades on the deeper side – I have “Cherry Flip,” which is a gorgeous red, “Berry Blast,” which is a beautiful berry shade and “Mai Tai,” which is a stunning peachy-coral. I love them all, but at the moment I think “Mai Tai” is my favorite.
The gloss aspect of the Full On Lip Creams is also suburb! I’m not a huge fan of uber shiny gloss. These have just the perfect amount of shine. They give off kind of a healthy glow, not a glass-like effect. The consistency is excellent as well. They’re not a terribly thin gloss, but they are incredibly lightweight. You don’t really notice that you’re wearing a gloss, yet your lips feel very hydrated and protected after they’ve been applied. They are not at all sticky, but they doseem to last reasonably well. They also wear off nicely. Some glosses seem to leave my lips looking dried out and just less than attractive after the gloss fades, but the Full On Lip Creams leave my lips feeling more hydrated and supple as they lose their grasp on my lips.

Though they are billed as being a plumping gloss, unlike other plumpers, I find them to be quite comfortable. The gloss has a minty tingle that I think is the “plumping” factor, but I find it kind of refreshing, not irritatingly troublesome. I’m not sure I would go so far as to call it plumping. Maybe lip smoothing, but I don’t notice any actual plumping. If you’re not a fan of any tingling in your lip products, then this is probably not for you because you will feel the slight cooling sensation. I would say it’s nothing more than that – a cooling tingle. Since I’m not big on the plumping factor anyway, I’m perfectly happy with a slightly minty tinge to my lip gloss.
I couldn’t write a review of the Full On Lip Creams without mentioning the taste! You would think they would be minty given their “tingling” characteristics, but noooo. They have the most delicious cake batter-like flavor! I literally want to eat them whenever I smell it! J  These are probably the best smelling / tasting lip glosses I have ever tried. If nothing more, you should grab one just for the flavor. J

Overall, I think the Buxom Full On Lip Creams are fantastic! The shades I have tried are gorgeous both in color and comfort on the lips, the shine is beautiful and healthy, and the taste is divine! Buxom really nailed the formula with these glosses. They may have just turned this lipstick lovin’ girl into a gloss goddess! J

The Buxom Full On Lip Creams are exclusive to Sephora. They retail for $19 each and are available in 10 different shades. They are free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates, GMOs and Triclosan.