Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask Review

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask! Huge name = huge results! $11 on memebox.com. Suitable for all skin types!

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What it is[*]

This bubble clay mask is both a deep-cleansing makeup remover and pore cleanser in one! With its special formulation of charcoal powder, it deeply penetrates the pores to thoroughly get rid of deep-seated dirt while supplying proper nutrients to keep the skin healthy and supple. It not only cleanses, refines and tightens pores but it also helps control excessive sebum which usually causes the pores to be clogged.

How to use

Scoop a proper amount of the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask and spread evenly on dry, uncleansed face. Wait for 5 minutes until bubbles start to appear then gently massage it all over the face to melt down dirt. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

LET’S BEGIN!

I followed the instructions on the container, and let me tell you right away that this stuff is IRRITATING. Like, more irritating than getting a tattoo. It itches so badly when it’s on and starting to bubble! I found that if I shut my eyes and tried to relax, the itching was reduced, but only by a fraction.

I found what worked best for me was lightly pressing the bubbles in on my face before I actually started to massage it in. This made everything a lot more manageable and less messy!

It’s also a lot of fun playing around with the foam!

 

I started rubbing it in on my cheeks first, making small circles, and gradually moved to my chin, forehead and the rest of my face. Here is the result I was left with once I massaged it all in…

MY ONLY ISSUE with this product is that it literally takes so long so wash off! I guess that’s good, though… it might mean that it’s really attached to some of the gross stuff on my face and requires a lot of buffing away for it all to come off? Even with the water very warm, it took about 5 minutes for me to feel comfortable enough to start dabbing my face dry with a hand towel.

RESULTS!

My skin loved this product. I was left with seriously silky & smooth skin! A little redness was left from having to really “buff wash” my face, but it faded within 15 minutes or so. The next day my skin looked radiant, glowy, and really quite pretty without makeup. I could see a huge difference in the texture of my skin after just one use. My pores were decreased in size, and I honestly didn’t feel the need to use a primer with my makeup application the next day. I will be buying this again and will recommend to anyone wanting to try out a new, and fun, face mask!

*https://us.memebox.com/milky-piggy-carbonated-bubble-clay-mask

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Spring Awakening Birchbox Review

This gorgeous spring Birchbox was designed by Rifle Paper Co. I can’t even with this box design. So cute!

Today also happens to be my FOUR YEAR anniversary with Birchbox!

Let’s get into the goodies!

So, usually I am not too excited about getting fragrances in subscription boxes, because I feel like perfumes are a very personal choice… this product, unfortunately, was proof that subscription services should let us take a poll of what kind of fragrance we’d like to have if they’re including a scent. Truth? This smells like my grandmother’s house. It’s not revolting or anything like that, but when I smell it I don’t think that it would express a young woman, living a happy, fun life… I think of an old woman, doing crossword puzzles and sipping green tea, or of a shop that sells only incense. I mean, just LOOK at the head notes… This is not a scent I’d ever wear, but I might know someone I can pass it off too. Nothing is ever a total loss!

 

I was surprisingly happy with these two products! I’d never heard of the Beaver Professional brand before, and my scalp can be really finicky when introducing it to new shampoos & conditioners, so I was pretty certain this would at least give me major dandruff problems. Currently my hair is frizzy, dry and damaged- all of which these products claim to repair, and I honestly believe it! After washing my hair, I used my blow dryer and styled normally. My hair was super soft, shiny, and didn’t feel dry & brittle. This was only after one use. I don’t wash my hair everyday, so I’ve only used these products two times since I’ve had my April box, but I can already tell they are going to be a favorite of mine. I can only describe the scent as clean… I don’t detect any strong notes of coconut or lemon, etc. It’s very nice and simple.

 

I’d previously seen the Acure brand on Instagram once before, but it wasn’t this product. Happy that I was at least familiar with one of the brands this month, I eagerly tried this sample out first! This scrub is very mild and gentle compared to the Aveeno Apricot scrub I’ve grown up using. I feel like, as with any product such as this, your skin might get worse before it gets better, because it’s cleaning out all of your pores and bacteria. I noticed, after my first use, that the next day I had a small blemish on my chin. It wasn’t anything crazy, but it was a little red and sore. I used the product that night, and the next day I woke up and it was completely gone. My skin is soft, bright, and my pores are hardly noticeable. I’ll definitely be buying this from the Birchbox shop.

This Au Naturals cosmetics mini palette was a very cool addition to the April box, one that I actually chose to have during this months Sample Choice.* Containing a lipstick, blush and shadow in one compact mini palette makes this a great item to throw in your bag on the go! I love that you can use the lipstick as a cream blush as well. The colors look lovely on my fair/medium skin tone. I use the ivory shadow as a brow bone highlight everyday!

  

Overall, the April Spring Awakening Birchbox was a WIN for me! I was a little bummed that I won’t get any use out of the fragrance, but all the other products make up for that loss. For just $10/month you can not go wrong with this subscription. I have discovered so many of my favorite beauty & lifestyle products through this service, and will continue to look forward to receiving it each and every month.

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*Sample Choice is a fairly new perk to Birchbox, where you are able to either choose a sample out of a few to add to your box, or choose a certain box all together with handpicked items! I usually end up choosing a product over a box. If you’re a Birchbox Ace (A VIP program for customers that earn 500 points within a calendar year) you have the very special perk of having FIRST PICK during Sample Choice. This is great because they only have a limited amount of each item or box.

*Disclaimer*

I am not affiliated with Birchbox, nor do they send me boxes for free. I purchase this subscription with my own money every month.

IT; Why I Can’t Escape Derry

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“Want a balloon?”
― Stephen King, It

Derry, Maine… A town that in reality doesn’t exist, but in my mind, is very real.

I was 23 when I read this book thoroughly for the first time. Picking it up as a child, I never really understood it, didn’t pay attention/retain what I was reading, and was clearly not old enough at the time to be able to appreciate the magnificence that I’d held in my hands.

Fast forward many years, as I am strolling through my bookstore’s horror section, and I think to myself after spotting IT, “Why don’t you pick up a copy of this sometime and give it another go? You don’t remember any of it, as far as the novel is concerned… [obv. you loved the movie.] It will probably be better now that you’re older.

Since that day when I strolled out of the bookstore, new purchase in hand, I can say that my life has changed, and definitely for the better.

Quick recap of the plot… A group of friends, as children, come together to fight an evil “creature” (a.k.a. PENNYWISE the clown) that prays on children, in their town- Derry. After fighting, they are under the impression that they defeated this creature, so it comes as a surprise when much later into adulthood they’re contacted and told to come back to Derry, because the clown is back and killing kids! Now, as adults, the group comes back together to finish Pennywise for good!

*I’d also like to add here, that as much as I enjoy the movie, the book is a lot better than the film adaptation, as is usually the case.*

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I think one of the reasons I enjoyed this much better as an adult is that I was able to look back at my own childhood and actually relate to the characters in both their child & adult forms.

The group of kids assembled in this novel are easily related to, I am sure… A little something for everyone, if you will. You’ve got mostly loner/loser types:

Beverly- A girl from a poor family- abused by her father verbally & physically. She learns to stand up for herself later in life, but with all her daddy issues- lives an adult life basically ruled under controlling men.

Bill- A brave, yet quiet, boy with a stutter. I would call him a bit depressed, because his younger brother, Georgie, was brutally murdered. He is what you would call the “leader” of the group. People know they can trust his opinions, and they’ll follow him anywhere.

Eddie- Scared, timid, afraid of everything- especially all the bad things that could happen. Eddie is a boy who is taught by his mother all the horrible outcomes that life can bring, and therefore is afraid to truly live, that is until he’s found this group of friends, with who he can finally flourish.

Mike- Is the one who eventually brings the group back together to defeat Pennywise. He’s the only one who stayed in town after all the other kids left. As a child, he is teased terribly by the main bully in the book because of their dad’s personal history together. He’s a black boy in mostly white town.

Stanley- Reserved, nice, and the boy scout of the group- he tags along and doesn’t play a huge part in the end of the book, for sometimes our demons go deeper than even we ourselves are aware.

Ben- Super smart, bullied for being overweight (easily my favorite character in the book) is a kind, gentle boy who is in love with Beverly. He finds his way into the group on a day he’s been attacked by the main bully, Henry Bowers. He, too, is brave when it counts and stands up for his friends.

Richie- The joker. Lives for the laugh. He brings comedic relief to many situations in the book that needed a little brightening up. I feel like he’s the heart of the group, bringing smiles and laughter during their darkest moments.

I can find something in common with each and every one of these characters now… and as a child, I don’t think I would have been able to understand just how much I related myself to them, because I had yet to go though many of the things I eventually endured a little later in life.

Even though those are the main characters of the group that defeated Pennywise, I have to mention Henry Bowers…

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This, aside from Pennywise, is the main antagonist of IT. Henry Bowers. This kid has had a tough life- his father is an alcoholic who is also a psychopath. He only rewards Henry when he does something that in truth, isn’t so great. Henry feels like he needs to prove that he’s a “badass” to his father to gain approval, but unfortunately for Henry, he never gets the love he’s craving. Henry later murders his father, and doesn’t give a second thought about it. His love of bullying the kids of this novel isn’t something that goes into much detail in the movie adaptation, but you find out when reading the novel that Henry’s father has a past with Mike’s dad, and it’s basically hate by association. Henry vows to make Mike’s life as miserable as possible to get revenge for his father, and when he sees Mike with the rest of the group of kids, it basically makes them all more of a target than they were to begin with.

I knew many bullies as a child, and even some now as an adult, but never have I encountered anyone quite as bad as Bowers. He has no remorse for killing people, for torturing animals… he clearly needed to be locked away long before he actually was. As horrible as this kid is, he’s one of the reasons why this book is so interested and addicting to read… you don’t want him to do horrible things to the other kids, but then again… a sick, twisted part of you eventually does want to see what he’s capable of, and he sure as hell is willing to show you!

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So, you’ve got a group of kids being hounded not only by a horrible local bully, but by a monster lurking behind every corner, and a town of people who couldn’t seem like they’re more oblivious to the fact that something weird is going on. People looking the other way when the bad things happen… no witnesses to the crimes… this town is MESSED UP! Major points for lure factor, though. I pick up this book wanting to be back there… to be back in Derry, Maine. I guess the only way I can explain it is to have you imagine a train crash. As awful of an event as that would be to see, when it does happen- you can’t look away. Some part of you is telling you to watch, to experience, to behold all the things you may never again encounter in your entire life. Call me sick and demented, but I want to be in Derry with all that craziness! Any horror movie I have ever watched, any villain I have ever read about- there’s always a point when I want to know first hand what it was like for the characters experiencing that moment. I want to feel their fear. I want to feel my own heart beating so fast because I know, certainly, that I am about to die. OKAY. MORBID, but you understand, right? Haha!

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Let’s discuss IT’s “Nightmare Factor”… what I mean by this is how badly does this book/movie mess you up mentally? For me, that’s A LOT… and I love every horrible second of it.

It’s one of those things that keeps you coming back to a book such as this one. The moment when a book makes you afraid to go to the bathroom alone, when you find yourself peering over the cover and looking at your closet door sure that you just heard a tapping sound… when you read the line, “Want a balloon?” and out of the corner of your eye you spot a bright colored pillow, mistaking it for that balloon, and chuck the book across the room at it! THOSE moments are what I live for. The pure adrenaline that courses through the veins; it’s euphoric.

Is that, perhaps, why I can’t escape Derry… why I keep coming back for more? I’d say a big reason is experiencing something that I don’t think I’ll ever experience in my life. A life of terror, of fighting something so awful that even my wild imagination couldn’t conjure an image of what that could be. As much as it’d be terrible to be surrounded by murder, by evil entities, by loss… it’s a fate that someone in this world is enduring right now. Maybe this book is a lot more realistic to some than we even realize.

Could this book be a metaphor for something else? The monster, Pennywise, being a parental figure, or another authority type, trying to rule our lives in the worst way possible, and us attempting to overcome them- to follow our own paths? The growing up of adolescents when, as children, we believe that there are monsters under our beds, and then as adults we find that maybe we were the monsters all along? The only monsters that exist in the world are other humans, disguised as something that they’re not, to lure us to our ultimate demise? I guess there are many ways to interpret this book…

In the end, I don’t think there is any way to explain the truth that a little part of us all wants to experience something completely and utterly morbid. This is just a safe way to do it. Like watching through a window, not actively participating in the bad things, just witnessing it. Why do we crave horror? Why can’t we look away from a scene of an accident? I am willing to bet that Mr. King knows that there are many more people in the world, like himself, that want to look, and are not afraid to do so.

I don’t think I’ll leave Derry anytime soon. I am not done with Pennywise, yet… that battle for me will always be there to relive, fight, conquer over and over again. When times are tough in my own life, it’s nice to remember that even if in an alternate dimension, someone’s life is much harder than my own, and a lot more bloody.

Thankfully, it’s only a book cover away.

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THIRTEEN GHOSTS

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The ONE movie I would NOT want to wake up in!

This movie is about a struggling family (Dad, Sister & brother, as well as their nanny) dealing with the aftermath of losing everything, including their mother, in a house fire. They get a mysterious visit from a lawyer, claiming that the father’s uncle, who he had absolutely no relationship with, left him a house in his will, upon his death. Having only a tiny apartment now, and not much money, this seems like it could be just what the family needs to get back on their feet… So, they go on a trip to see the home. Of course, it’s gorgeous! Like nothing they’ve ever seen before, a home completely made from glass, filled with collectibles and artifacts that could probably pay off any old debt they had while keeping the family thriving for a very long time… Here’s about the time when I’d like to add- WHEN THINGS SEEM TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, THEY USUALLY ARE! It’s no surprise that this family gets the shock of their lives when come to find out, their crazy uncle had been capturing ghosts and keeping them locked in the basement, all to complete a design that was “created by the devil and powered by the dead” to open the “EYE” of Hell. Creepy! Things go from bad to worse when they discover who the 13th ghost needs to be!

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[I felt it would be helpful to get a background of EACH ghost- so here is some information straight from helpful Wiki]*-

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1. The First Born Son – The First Born Son is the ghost of Billy Michaels, a boy who loved cowboy films. A neighbor challenged him to a duel, using a bow and a real steel-tipped arrow against Billy’s toy gun. Billy died when the neighbor shot the arrow through the back of his head. Billy’s ghost is dressed in his cowboy suit and holding a tomahawk, with the arrow still protruding from his head. His ghost whispers “I want to play” or “play with me”.

I would NOT share my Legos with that kid!

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2. The Torso – The Torso is the ghost of a bookie named Jimmy “The Gambler” Gambino. When Jimmy found himself unable to pay off a Mafia-connected client’s large winning bet on a boxing match, the client cut him into pieces, wrapping them in cellophane and dumping them into the ocean. His ghost appears as his decapitated, legless torso, trying to walk around on its hands as the head lies screaming on the floor.

Can I take one of him, to go, please? LOL.

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3. The Bound Woman – The Bound Woman is the ghost of Susan LeGrow, a girl with a wealthy background and a penchant for playing with boys’ affections. On the night of her high school prom, a football player she was dating caught her with another boy; the next morning, the boy was found dead and Susan went missing. She was later found buried at the 50-yard line of the school’s football field, strangled to death; the player was convicted of her murder and executed. Her ghost is wearing her prom dress and is hanging from the ceiling with her arms tied.

GOAL!?

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4. The Withered Lover – The Withered Lover is Jean Kriticos, Arthur’s wife. She was burned severely while saving her family from a devastating house fire, and died of her injuries in the hospital. Her ghost initially appears in a hospital gown, hooked up to an IV pole and showing severe burns on her face. However, after the destruction of the machine, her ghost is wearing her normal clothes and her burns have vanished. Unlike the other ghosts, she is not a vengeful spirit and tries to help her family.

Burnt toast, anybody?

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5.The Torn Prince – The Torn Prince is the ghost of Royce Clayton, a 1950s high school baseball star with a bad attitude and a superiority complex. During a drag race, he died when his car spun out of control. His ghost carries a baseball bat, and parts of his face and body are torn to shreds from being dragged underneath his car. He uses the bat as a melee weapon, and while inside his containment cube, he sits atop the wreckage of the car.

Spoiled rich boys, always thinkin’ they’re better than everyone else!

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6 The Angry Princess – The Angry Princess is the ghost of Dana Newman, a young woman with striking physical beauty but the inability to recognize it. Driven to depression by a string of abusive boyfriends, she began to work for a plastic surgeon who paid her in cosmetic procedures. One night, she tried to perform surgery on herself, but the attempt left her blind in one eye. She committed suicide in the bathtub by cutting herself with a butcher knife until she bled to death. Her ghost is naked, still holding the knife and showing all the self-inflicted wounds, and her cube is drenched in blood.

I would totally be this chick in real life, lol. She’s fierce, and not going to lie, her boobs are way better than mine!

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7 The Pilgrimess – The Pilgrimess is the ghost of Isabella Smith, a 17th-century New England colonist who was shunned by other settlers. Accused of witchcraft by the town preacher after livestock began to die from an unknown ailment, she fell under further suspicion when the preacher himself succumbed. The townspeople trapped Isabella in a barn and set it on fire, but she emerged without any injuries; they then locked her in the pillory and left her to starve to death. Her ghost still has the pillory’s yoke locked around its hands and neck.

Ohhh, whooo, witchy woman!

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8 and 9. The Great Child and The Dire Mother – The Dire Mother is the ghost of Margaret Shelburn, a woman whose diminutive height constantly attracted stares from others. She joined a carnival freak show, but was raped by one of the other members and gave birth to a son, Harold (The Great Child). Margaret spoiled Harold throughout his life, so that he always wore diapers and had to be spoon-fed even as he grew to a vast size and weight. Carnival workers kidnapped Margaret as a prank, but she suffocated to death by the time Harold found her. He flew into a rage and killed the culprits with an axe, putting their remains on public display, and was in turn killed by an angry mob. Their ghosts are always together, with Harold wearing a food/vomit-splattered bib and carrying the axe, while Margaret sometimes feeds him.

This family has some serious issues.

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10. The Hammer – The Hammer is the ghost of George Markley, a blacksmith who lived in a small town in the 1890s. He was wrongfully accused of stealing, and refused to leave town when threatened with exile. A gang led by his accuser hanged his wife and children; in revenge, George used his blacksmith’s hammer to beat his accuser and the other culprits to death. The townsfolk executed George by chaining him to a tree, driving railroad spikes into his body, severing one hand, and attaching the hammer to it. His ghost is still pierced with the spikes and wrapped in the chains, and he wears the hammer in place of his missing left hand.

What a creepy mother fucker!

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11. The Jackal – The Jackal is the ghost of a 19th-century man named Ryan Kuhn, who began attacking prostitutes as an adult. He committed himself to an asylum in search of help but eventually went insane. The doctors kept him permanently bound in a straitjacket, causing his limbs to contort horribly until he gnawed through it. Ryan was then confined to a basement cell, with a metal cage locked around his head, and grew to hate all human contact. When a fire broke out, everyone but Ryan escaped; he chose to remain behind and let himself be burned to death. His ghost wears the loosened straitjacket and head cage, whose front bars have been snapped apart.

I would try to choke & suffocate myself with my own tongue before ever having to be in the presence of this fucked up psycho!

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12. The Juggernaut – The Juggernaut is the ghost of Horace “Breaker” Mahoney, a serial killer of enormous height and grotesque appearance. Abandoned as a child by his mother and ostracized by everyone, he eventually got a job crushing cars in his father’s junkyard. After his father died, Horace went insane and began bringing hitchhikers and stranded drivers to the junkyard, breaking all their bones and tearing them apart with his bare hands. One of his potential victims was an undercover police officer, who called for backup and brought a SWAT team to surround the junkyard. Horace killed three officers before being shot to death by the team. His ghost still wears the bullet-riddled clothing from the night he was killed. Dennis Rafkin and Cyrus Kriticos note that Horace killed nine people while he was alive, then 31 more as a ghost; Horace kills several of Cyrus’ assistants in the attempt to capture him, then later kills Dennis as well.

Do you smell blood & gasoline? Perhaps kisses & kerosene?

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13 The Broken Heart – The thirteenth ghost would have been Arthur Kriticos himself. Cyrus planned for him to sacrifice himself out of love for his family, the final step needed to activate the house’s machine.

Papa’ don’t freak, YOU’RE in trouble deep!

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So, which ghost scares me the most? It would definitely have to go to this badass… Ghost #11- The Jackal! Is it the makeup, that haunting stare, that friggen CAGED HEAD?! It’s probably a mix of all three… and I can’t forget to mention that the actor completely portrayed this character as one fucked up dude! His movements, the violence in just his body language alone, sends chills down my spine- and not the good kind!

If I had to imagine waking up in Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street… or even Evil Dead, I feel like I could handle that better than waking up in this hellhole. It’s one thing to have to fight off one villain, but to have to defeat a gang of pissed off imprisoned ghosts?? HARD PASS. Not to mention that you can only SEE them while wearing your safety glasses, which considering my luck, would probably fall off and break within the first 5 minutes.

Overall, this movie is GREAT. I feel like it’s completely underrated & even overlooked. It has all the great things I love about horror movies- the mystery, the plot you can’t quite figure out, the jump scares and even the gore! There’s a little something for everyone. My only issue with this is that I, under no circumstances, can watch this movie alone, and I most definitely can’t sleep a solid 8 hours after viewing, either.

So what are you waiting for? Go buy this, grab a friend, and scare the shit out of yourselves…

Major life lesson to keep in mind, though? Don’t accept gifts from people you don’t truly know- especially houses.

*WIKI page credit for the description of all the ghosts.

VEGAN CUTS SUBSCRIPTION!

This is a monthly subscription service that includes food, beauty & fashion items that are all VEGAN! Vegan Cuts takes the guess work out of finding items that you can use in your everyday life- which is one of my biggest annoyances. I hate spending hours in grocery stores/beauty departments reading labels and trying to decipher what every ingredient means/if it’s allowed in a vegan lifestyle! If you’re 100% vegan, or just wanting to live a more natural, cruelty-free life- these boxes are for you!!

Vegan Cuts has two different options, a snack box and their beauty box. I subscribe to both. (I highly recommend both!) They are each $22.95.

The snack box includes 7-10 items (of which many are FULL SIZE). They can be anything from chips to cans of soda… even meal starters like pasta & meat substitutes! They state on their site that MOST of the snack items are even gluten free!!!

The beauty box has 4-7 cosmetics & skincare items. Again, full sizes can be included as well! Perfumes, eye cream, face masks… I even got a small soy CANDLE this month! What a pleasant surprise!

It’s hard to choose a favorite between the snack & beauty boxes, because both are equally wonderful…

Let’s just talk about the snack box more in depth, first!

Can you say SNACKS? This March box was huge. HUGE!

Now- first of, I’d like to point out that the Vegan Cuts Customer Service department is AMAZING! The snack box & beauty box are shipped together in one box when you subscribe to both, and this month I had a little mishap with a body wash… needless to say- it EXPLODED in my box and got all over everything. I wrote to the customer service department, figuring they’d at least send me a new body wash… but they went above and beyond and sent me an entire replacement box! I am very appreciative, because now I can actually enjoy all my items without fear of contamination & can give an honest review of EVERYTHING without having to miss out on some items. The new box was shipped to me super fast, and it was a very simple, painless process overall. I wasn’t even upset anymore about my ruined items because they handled it with kindness and understanding- just fantastic! Anyway…

There is no set theme with these boxes- so the variety is very refreshing. I had 11 items in my snack box! (Yes, that’s even MORE than the maximum item estimation!) What’s great about the item selection is that almost all the brands in the boxes have Instagram/Facebook pages, so you can look them up, see their other products, find out where to purchase, and much more! All their customer service staff is very informative & helpful if you have further questions, too. They’ve been very vocal via Instagram as far as where to find their items in store & online. I find this very helpful, especially when trying to price things out!

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My snack box included:

  1. Sweet Maui Onion chips from Deep River Snacks. (Simple ingredients, they support great causes! Perfect for adding to your lunchbox. I love the oniony flavor. I am glad this bag wasn’t larger, because I definitely could have kept eating them.
  2.  Veggie chips from Real Deal. (A serving and a half of veggies in every ounce!) Again, these were a winner as far as chips go. Great for throwing in your lunch bag. What I love about these is I didn’t feel guilty eating them! They have wonderful ingredients, but didn’t taste like “cardboard”.
  3.  A puree pouch of Banana, Carrot, Mango, Orange, Wheatgrass, Tumeric & Chia by Shine Organics. (Gives you a pick-me-up– lots of Vitamins A & C!) I am going to say that THIS was my FAVORITE ITEM in the snack box! I had this for a mid-morning snack, and I really feel like it helped make me feel rejuvenated and satisfied until lunch. It was also significantly more delicious than it sounds. WHEATGRASS? I admit, I was worried when I saw that… but trust me, you won’t even taste it.
  4. A chocolate daily shake by CLEAN (A program that restores your body’s natural ability to heal itself!) I mixed this with 8oz of almond milk and added a dash of cinnamon. It was so yummy! It “encourages clean eating habits, is great as an after-workout shake or as a snack, provides easily digestible nutrients & helps plug nutritional gaps in our regular diet.”
  5. A box of Banza Chickpea Pasta. (High protein!) I made a wonderful avocado pasta with this. Just blended some avocado halves, garlic, lemon zest, oil, basil together and used that as the sauce. Topped with halved cherry tomatoes & some corn! GREAT SPRING/SUMMER DINNER!
  6. Double chocolate mint brownies from Nature’s Bakery. Can you say “Indulgent”? I felt like I was eating chocolate brownies straight from my mom’s baking dish. These are definitely a treat.
  7. A caffeine boost 70% dark chocolate & coconut bar from Briskbars. This bar really gave me a boost of energy! The coconut adds a great flavor to this. My only problem with this is that I feel like it’d have tasted better in a vanilla flavor. You can buy these on Amazon for a great price!
  8. Breakfast bar from MiMi’s Natural (Minimal ingredients & maximum healing properties!) This item was the only item in the box that I wasn’t crazy about. I ate a few bites and gave the rest away. It’s not that it’s BAD… I just couldn’t stop picturing bird food when eating it. I think I’d just have to get used to it. There was a coupon attached to this bar for buy 3 get one free.
  9. A chocolate flaxbar by LiveSmart Bar. Another one of those items that makes it sound like it’s going to be gross, haha… but it was actually very yummy & satisfying. For someone like me who loves to snack between meals- this is a great choice because it makes you feel full for a very long time.
  10. A raspberry truffle protein bar from D’s Naturals. (Dairy, soy & gluten FREE. ALL NATURAL!) I chose the fruit pouch as my favorite snack box item, but this was a close second! This shouldn’t even be called a protein bar- it tasted like a straight up DESSERT! I love that it’s gluten-free, too. It’s hard to find something so tasty that’s also GF.
  11. Last, but not least, a box of Chili Lime Carnitas Jackfruit Shreds from Upton Naturals. You can use these in so many different ways- Tacos, scrambles, sandwiches, over rice… the possibilities are endless! I suggest making Pulled “Jackfruit” [pork] sandwiches with this. Add a little avocado, some dairy-free sour cream and you’ve got one heck of a dinner.

This snack box was a total WIN this month. You can make dinners, substitute meals with some of the protein bars, add most snacks to your daily lunches… you really get your money’s worth! I thought the protein shake packet by CLEAN was a great addition, as well as the pulled jackfruit by Upton Naturals. It’s so different from any box I’ve ever had- and it makes the monthly wait so worth it!

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My Beauty Box included: [Information card included price values, which I love to see!]

  1. An all natural black mineral pencil by Earthlab Cosmetics. ($20 Value) This pencil is fantastic! A little goes a long way. It takes a few seconds for the pencil to warm up on your inner lid, but once it does it goes on super smooth. I had no issues with smudging or run off. A real winner.
  2. A bottle of black soap body wash by Shea Radiance. ($5 Value) This was the item that ruined my first box, as the cap was loose, haha! When I finally got the chance to use this, I was pleasantly surprised. The scent isn’t something I’d normally choose for myself, but it was calming and I found that it helped relax me before going to bed that night I used it. It has coconut oil in it, which made my skin really soft!
  3. Heat activated thermal spray by Dermorganic. ($10 Value) WOW. Let me say, this smells like a dream! I used after the shower on damp hair before blow drying, and then again right before heat styling with my Beach Waver. This made my hair really shiny and full of body! The scent that lingered was very pleasing, too.
  4. A roll-on Lime, Jasmine & Orange perfume by Pacifica (One of my FAVORITE brands!) ($12 Value) FAVORITE Beauty Box item! I can’t say enough good things about the Pacifica brand. I am so happy that my local Target has started carrying their items. This is a fantastic item to throw in your purse for on the go applications. The scent, again, wouldn’t have been my first choice- but I think that’s what I love so much about it… it’s SO DIFFERENT from anything I’ve ever worn. You can really smell the notes of lime, which instantly makes this my new go-to fragrance for this upcoming summer. It reminds me of “beach days in the sun”. It smells fun & young.
  5. A small Chamomile & Clover tea-lite soy candle by October Fields. ($1 Value) I was really surprised to see something like this. What’s cool about this item is that it’s made in my home state of Maine! This has a 1-2 hour burn time and is in a recycled/recyclable packaging. I took it out of the plastic bag and was blown away by the beautiful scent of this! I immediately went to their website and ordered an 8 pack of these babies! The scent lingers in whatever room you put it in for hours! I love it.
  6. Last, but not least, a DELUXE eye cream by Everclēn. ($20 Value) This moisturizes the skin underneath the eye and helps firm,tone & reduce the appearance of fine lines! What is great about this eye cream is that the scent isn’t overpowering and it feels very hydrating.

$68 total!

Now, I am waiting to hear back from Vegan Cuts as to the total value of the Snack Box*, for there wasn’t an information card regarding the value of those products- but I am already positive it was well worth the $22.95. As far as SNACK BOX VS. BEAUTY BOX, I’d say the ultimate winner for me this month was the SNACK BOX! As much as I love each and every product from my Beauty Box, especially my Pacifica roll-on perfume, there was just TOO much awesomeness in the Snack Box to not give it the credit it deserves. I am so thankful to Vegan Cuts for introducing me to so many new favorite brands. It’s a real eye opener to see just how many items are available for the vegan community, or for people simply trying to be more conscientious of their choices.

I highly recommend Vegan Cuts to anyone curious about trying new products that are vegan & AWESOME. In my opinion, there is no better subscription service right now as far as beauty and snack items are concerned. Head on over to http://vegancuts.com/ to order your boxes today!

*Once Vegan Cuts responds to be about the value of their Snack Box, I will update my post to let everyone now how much it was worth!