December 2014 Petit Vour Review

Yeaaaah, it’s time for my monthly Petit Vour review!!!

I’m sure that some readers are wondering why the heck I am posting a review for a December box in January…well….

I like to take my time to test out and actually use each product in the box before I post a review. Not only do I like to use the products at least once to get a feel for the quality of it, but Petit Vour boxes are delivered usually after the 23rd of each month and that means reviews come in the next month.

December’s box was co-curated with Sunny at Vegan Beauty Review! I really like her blog because she is still girlie, fun, drop dead gorgeous and still cruelty free and vegan! Sticking to your ethics and being able to have “mainstream” beauty quality is right up my alley!

The products were picked to celebrate the season and for the snow days and soirées in the winter!

Ok with that being said, here is a run down of the luxury, cruelty free and vegan products featured in December’s box:

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November 2014 Petit Vour Box Review

Petit Vour Time!

November wasn’t exactly in November for a few reasons:

1) The snow storm around Thanksgiving delayed shipment

2) Because of above, I didn’t receive my box until December 4

3) I like to try things before I post!

4) It’s the most wonderful/busiest time of the year for retail, and honestly, blogging was the last thing I wanted to do the past few weeks.

BUT! Here it is!!!

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This Not That- Cruelty Free Versions of every day products

I often get asked by friends and family, “what is a good CF version of ____?”.

I will often have an answer, and if not, the internet usually helps me find a suggestion for their question!

Recently, my husband and I have purchased quite a few ‘replacements’ ourselves.
Please keep in mind that after I decided to go completely CF, I wasn’t going to throw money down the drain and get rid of everything I had in my house, but decided to slowly replace things as they ran out.

Fortunately I kept a lot of the bottles or we have just a tiny bit left, so I decided to post and show you some Cruelty Free options for common, ‘every day’, products!

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Petit Vour- September Beauty Box Review

I had serious subscription box fever.
I was no longer receiving Ipsy (if you didn’t notice by the lack of monthly posts) due to a few reasons. Mainly being that I was done with my assistantship and no longer had a paycheck coming in.
And I was ok, really…for two months.

Then I started to really miss what I call ‘the sub box effect’.
It goes as follows:
1. A sneak peak or post about the boxes being put together is posted
2. You get excited about the sneak peak
3. Your shipping email arrives in your inbox
4. You check the shipping tracker multiple times a day
5. The day it is supposed to arrive finally comes and you either look out the window every five minutes or you rush home as fast as you can.

It’s fine. I don’t have a problem. It’s normal, right? heh…

Seriously though, monthly subscription boxes are fantastic! You get to try multiple products for a great prices that you may not have ever picked up!

After realizing I missed getting Ipsy, I started to look around for another box to try. This one though, had to be cruelty free.
Ipsy did a pretty good job based off my profile and reviews giving me CF products, however, not all of them were, and I was not guaranteed CF products.

I stumbled on Petit Vour and after looking at it, reading some reviews (surprisingly very little out there) and searching Instagram, I decided I wanted it over others.

With Petit Vour you get luxury cruelty free beauty products for only $15 a month. Luxury products meaning higher up in the quality and price range. Why not? I can always go to Ulta or a drugstore and get lower end goodies, but I personally am less likely to buy higher end products, even if they are travel sized or on sale. I wanted to try more luxury goodies, so I thought Petit Vour was perfect.

I mentioned to my husband that after my new job started I wanted to subscribe to it for a few months to try it. Well, our anniversary came around and I guess he really paid attention (or I mentioned it more than I thought) and my ‘paper’ gift was a subscription to Petit Vour! (Thanks babe!!)

Perfect timing too! This month’s box was co- curated by one of my favorite bloggers, Tashina from Logical Harmony!

It finally arrived at the end of the month! I have tried the products and want to share what I think with you!
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Products:
ELLOVI Tinted Lip Butter: This lip product came at a great time! I needed a new ‘chapstick’. This product only has 6 ingredients, six! Super moisturizing and slightly tinted by a red root, it gives a reddish pinkish color to your lips that is very natural looking! Perfect for protecting your lips and for when you don’t want ‘naked’ lips. $5.00, full sized.

NCLA 5 Free Luxury Nail Lacquer: Woo hoo! I have been wanting to try this nail polish brand for some time now, but as they are not sold anywhere around me, I would have to buy online and we all know you can’t just buy one thing online… My color is called Santa Monica Shore Thing. It is a beautiful minty teal! Deep enough that it is perfect for fall without being too springy! I was so impressed by the polish- it has a thicker consistency, which I like, and is very opaque! Plus, the color is true to how it looks in the bottle! I am loving my teal toes! $16.00, full sized

ROOT SCIENCE Facial Scrub: Everyone got a product from Root Science, a natural skincare line. I had seen a few pictures on Instagram before my box arrived and saw that there was a serum, mask and this scrub being given out. While I would have been happy to try anything from them, I was hoping for the scrub or the mask, and I got what I wanted!! This scrub is so unique! It is a powder form that you add a few drops of water to make a paste and rub it all over your face. It looks like herbs, straight from McCormick. It smells amazing and the mint in it isn’t too strong like mint can often be. Only twelve amazing organic and/or naturally sourced ingredients in this baby! I felt clean and exfoliated without feeling tight, dry and like I had a chemical peel done. I love the brightness and overall look my skin has afterward. I have used it twice so far and will let you all know how it continues to work for me! Full size is 3.8 oz for $40.00, so the value of sample, 1.5 oz is $16.00!

YAROK Leave In Conditioner:Last but certainly NOT least! This is a fantastic product, and again, came at the perfect time! (Petit Vour, are you able to read minds or something?) At first I thought, leave in conditioner? Meh. But then I read the label and realized it’s a heat protectant/detangler/conditioning spray. So maybe they need to change the name of the product. I have been looking for a new heat protectant and was pumped to try this out! First off, it smells sooo good. Orangey and delicious! It is light and does not gunk up my hair! I can spray this on my hair and not be worried that the top of my hair will get greasy! I wouldn’t necessarily spray this up to the root, but I can spray the majority of the strand! And this is the third company I have not heard of! Awesome! “Travel size” 2 oz. bottle, $13.20.

Overall review: For my first box, I was very happy with it! I love that Petit Vour ships the actual box and does not waste materials by putting it in another box or bag like some other subs do. The box is bright pink which makes it fun too! ALL the products are cruelty free and usually natural! I appreciate that there is a variety of the products, even though there is not a style profile to personalize it. Not every box is the same and you might get, as in my case, a nail polish instead of an eyeshadow you didn’t really need.
Total Value: $50.20!!!!! Size breakdown: 3 full/travel size, 1 sample!!

As Petit Vour says, Be Bold, Be Kind.

If you are interested in subscribing to this box, check out Petit Vour! If you want, enter my name in the where did you hear about us section. (susannah hilliard)

All the products in my box are available through Petit Vour’s online shop!

Let me know your favorite subscription box and why you love it!

Influenster Vita Vox Box Reviews 1&2!

I have tried two of the products in my Vitality Vox Box! As promised, here’s what I think about them!

I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster and have included my reviews on the Pure Leaf Tea and the Softlips Cube

**Please be aware, like any reviews I will do-ever-from anyone- that my opinions are 100% honest, my own and NOT what a company wants me to say. If I were even offered payment for a positive fake review, I would turn them down.**

Pure Leaf Iced Tea

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Let me start with thanking Influenster for not sending me coffee or an energy powder or something ridiculous and just sending me tea!

I had to look at the ingredients because lately I’ve been aware of a lot of HORRIBLE things in my food and beverages!!!!    (Don’t get me started, just don’t)

I was so pleasantly surprised to find TWO ingredients, only two!

Brewed Tea and Citiric Acid.

No caramel coloring, no random preservatives I can’t pronounce! 

It tasted delicious too! Now, I have to admit- I do really enjoy sweeter teas. But this one wasn’t bitter or bland. The lemon flavor was enough to balance out just the tea flavor.

Now I have to admit: I prefer home brewed. Always will. I can control the amount of sugar and tea and put in what I want! 

I also don’t like that Lipton is owned by Unilever. (Large animal testing company)

So I most likely would not go out of my way to buy this tea. However if I was in a pinch and there was no other natural tea offered not owned by a giant animal testing company, I would probably buy this over other ones!

Softlips Cube in Vanilla Bean

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I was SO happy when I first looked into Softlips and found that they do not test on animals and that I could actually try this product out!!

I have to say, the whole ball/round application feel is a bit weird. I never got into the EOS lip balms and find the sensation a bit odd. Totally random and weird, but full disclosure, right? I’m sure it’ll flatten out or something…or I’ll just become normal.

Also, after looking at the list of ingredients, I felt less positive about the product.

Not only can I not pronounce 3/4 of the products, the first two chemicals are petrochemicals and have potential health effects.

I am aware that the amount of these chemicals is usually quite high in order to have adverse effects, but I don’t like taking the chance.

I also checked out this product on the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetics Database and couldn’t find it listed. So instead I looked at the first five ingredients.

Ozokerite-0 Petrolatum-4 Octyldodecyl Olivate- 0 Octyl Methoxycinnamate- 6 Octyldodecanol-0/1

The EWG lists ingredients and products based on scientific information available and gives them a number that reflects their general danger. The numbers are 0-2 for low hazard, 3-6 for medium hazard and 7-10 for high hazard

They list the overall hazard, cancer danger, developmental and reproductive danger, allergy danger and other restrictions. For more on their methods check out them out here.  

While the numbers of the ingredients aren’t horrifying, I prefer a more natural product. 

The Softlips cube does have shea butter and sunflower oil-but they are further down on the ingredients list. 

So this will go in my lip balm container. I won’t carry this around and smear it on every time I need to hydrate my lips or just want something sheer on. I will use it when in a pinch or don’t have anything else left! 

It smells fantastic and wasn’t heavy and greasy on my lips.

Overall, not a horrid product and whether or not you will want to go get one is totally up to you and your comfort level with the ingredients!!

I’d love to hear what you think about these products and if you haven’t used them, if you would use them and why!