Today I've got the August Vegan Cuts Beauty Box to review. Here's the product description according to the Vegan Cuts website:
The easiest way to discover cruelty-free brands without committing to full-size products or prices. Each month you'll receive a delivery of 4-7 new products to try, ranging from unique cosmetics to luxurious skincare.
The Box in Brief:
- Free shipping to the US
- 4-7 products
- 100% cruelty-free
- Mostly organic and natural
- Mix of full and sample size products
- Cancel anytime, though we doubt you’ll ever want to
Sounds pretty cool, right? They also offer a snack box which features 7-10 vegan goodies each month. Each box is $19.95.
And here's the August box:
|Vegan Cuts Beauty Box August 2014|
A list of contents (click for enlarged photo):
And on to the products!
1. Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream: Multi-tasking BB Cream that hydrates, primes, and illuminates for a sheer, bare finish no matter your skin tone.
Here's what it looks like against my skin (Nars Sibera, Illamasqua RLF 115 / SB2).
|Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream, swatched|
2. Emani Hybrid Creme in Speechless 1042: Mineral Hybrid Cream that creates sheer or intense colors on the eyes, cheeks, and lips.
|Emani Hybrid Creme|
|Emani Hybrid Creme in Speechless 1042|
|Emani Hybrid Creme in Speechless 1042, swatched|
This is my favorite of the August box. Despite looking like a powder, it's cool and creamy to the touch and very densely pigmented. You can sheer it out for a less dramatic effect if you like. I love that you can use it pretty much anywhere on your face. It's like a cruelty free version of MAC CCB, except with a much better texture! Love it! I may investigate other shades as I would probably only consider using such an orangey-coppery shade on my blue eyes to really make them pop. I suspect that other shades may be much more versatile for someone with my coloring.
3. Enfusa All-Natural Spa Soak: Essential oil-infused bath soak that will sooth and relax your muscles.
|Enfusia Bath Soak|
Enfusia's Muscle Soak releases the aches and pains caused by sore muscles. The blend of essential oils of Eucalyptus, Mint, Rosemary, and Tea Tree soothes and refreshes while Epsom Salts restore and renew the body while providing the essential nutrient magnesium through the skin.To me, it has a very minty smell with an undercurrent of dill pickle. I have a feeling the latter would go undetected when diluted in the tub.
DH's scent description: "Smells like wintergreen chewing gum mixed with perfume."
So if DH didn't pick up on the pickle smell, you're probably safe.
4. Balanced Guru Energy Mist in Understanding: Aromatherapy energy mists to balance your chakras and leave you ready to take on the world.
|Balanced Guru Energy Mist in Understanding|
|Balanced Guru Energy Mist, unboxed|
|Balanced Guru Energy Mist, essentials|
DH's scent description: "It's like pitch from a tree mixed with something. F*ck. It's so hard to place. It's mostly just pitch from a tree."
5. Zabana Essentials French Green Clay Facial Cleansing Bar: Detoxifying green clay facial cleansing bar that leaves skin clear and clean.
|Zabana Essentials Clay Facial Cleansing Bar|
|Zabana Essentials Clay Facial Cleansing Bar, ingredients|
DH's scent description: "Smells like Comet. The scrubby cleaner."
Ok, well, that doesn't sound very flattering, but I submit that something can both smell of Comet and smell good.
And that's the August box! The reason that I've never subscribed to any other beauty box is the inability to know that every product you receive will be cruelty-free. I never have to worry about that with Vegan Cuts. My only tiny gripe is that sometimes the products don't seem as... pragmatic; e.g., pine needle energy mist. Most are on point, though, and I've had a ton of fun discovering new brands with these boxes! (And polish junkies, yes, nail polish is definitely in the Vegan Cuts rotation!)
For more info on either the Beauty Box or Snack Box, please visit Vegan Cuts.