Pacifica beauty product review + GIVEAWAY

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let’s begin.
I love Pacifica. their products are natural and chemical-free, they do a wonderful job enhancing “natural beauty”, as they like to put it, by utilizing minimal ingredients. they specialize in perfume and makeup, never failing to fill each container will peace and joy. they partake in a 100% vegan guarantee, cruelty free products, along with recyclable packaging, and a portion of all profits go towards supporting clean water.
their creations are made in the USA as well, whoohoo!
Steller Gaze Length and Strength Mineral Mascara

visually, the packaging is very unique and inviting.
I really like how big and full the brush is, it does a nice job of separating and volumizing your lashes. The mascara is infused with coconut and vitamin B, which are proven to help your lashes grow.
I experienced no flakiness, however, it was still easy to remove at the time I wanted. It gave my lashes quite a big of length as well and lasted all day as it claims.
I was able to try both the black (supernova) and brown (stardust); since I have such dark lashes it was hard for me to see a big difference between the two. on blue or green eyes I could see the brown looking great since it would accentuate the vibrance further.
I definitely like this product, I wish it was a bit larger in size, but other than that, the formula is wonderful.

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Hawaiian Ruby Guava Roll-On Perfume
“Guava, pomello, and coconut notes”, this perfume delivers exactly what it says. a lightly sweet scent, perfect for a fresh summer day. just simply roll it onto the neck and wrists, and enjoy the aroma for the entirety of the day. personally, it reminds me of Hawaii each time I wear it, lovely! such a nice scent if you enjoy sweet and girly fragrances.

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Tuscan Blood Orange Roll-On Perfume
I absolutely love this scent. It’s refreshing and clean smelling, filled with accents of citrus. i just imagine walking through an orange orchard with the sun shining on my back, listening to the birds tweedle and chirp.

It’s also perfect for a summer day at the ocean, and easy to throw in your beach bag for on-the-go use. I like how Pacifica doesn’t overdue their perfumes, they simply enhance a person’s natural beauty by adding a chemical-free scent to their skin.
Tahitian Gardenia Roll-On Perfume
usually I’m not the type to reach for floral or more sophisticated perfumes, but the Tahitian Gardenia has quickly become a favorite of mine. possibly due to the fact that it’s unlike any others I have in my collection. I enjoy how it isn’t too overwhelmingly flowery, it’s just the right amount of strength. Pacifica gets an A+ in my book for this creation of theirs.

overall, Pacifica is an outstanding company that produces harmless and natural products at reasonable prices. I will definitely be repurchasing some of these items and trying out new ones in the near future. go give them a visit and show your body some love by using their products!
Pacifica website: http://www.pacificabeauty.com

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***GIVEAWAY***

this giveaway is sponsored by Pacifica beauty.

***GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED***
if you’re interested in entering this giveway read forward.

The lucky winner will be receiving all of the products that were mentioned above:

Steller Gaze Length and Strength Mineral Mascara, in supernova and stardust.

Hawaiian Ruby Guava Roll-On Perfume.

Tuscan Blood Orange Roll-On Perfume.

Tahitian Gardenia Roll-On Perfume.

RULES

You must comment on this post telling me your favorite natural/organic beauty product or brand, and why.

You must be subscribed to my blog (this one) AND follow me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/madeline.explored/  (I will be checking).

The giveaway will be open to ONLY Canada and the US.

It will begin today (January 26th) and end on Febuary 9th at 12:00pm pacific time.

Please DON’T enter more than once or you will automatically be disqualified.

Hope you all enjoy and have fun with this! love all. love Madeline.

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Vapour Beauty product review.

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I don’t know about you guys, but lately I’ve been on a complete natural and organic kick. not so much the things that I’ve been putting into my body (which is bad..), but rather the  substances I’ve been experimenting with on the outside. I absolutely love having the opportunity to try out various new beauty products, with the hope of finding a holy grail item once every blue moon. that being said, I think it’s time for another makeup review.

a brand that has recently snuck it’s way into my makeup routine is Vapour Beatuy. I love everything about their philosophy, ingredients and products. Vapour keeps everything from their foundations down to their nail polish pure and safe to use, containing no harmful chemicals. they also support no animal testing, save the bunnies! and their beauty creations are always made in the USA (a HUGE plus in my book). along with all of these wonderful qualities, the company manages to concoct magnificent makeup, filled with high pigmentation and smooth application. since I thoroughly adore Vapour, I would compare their quality to that of MAC and Tarte.

Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss:

Everything about the elixir gloss is delightful. the applicator used is one of my favorites, with a small brush head perfect for that precise lip line. the formula is not sticky whatsoever, but the slightest bit runny (still manageable though). it stays looking fabulous for multiple hours and keeps your lips hydrated with it’s moisture-lock technology. I did not see an extreme difference regarding the plumping aspect, but it was just enough for me since I already have larger lips.

the color I received was in flirt, which I am head-over-heels for. it supplies a simple enhancement to your natural lip color, my favorite type of nude. all in all, I found it is an amazing product that I would have no problem repurchasing and I can’t wait to try more colors.

along with everything I just mentioned, if you buy the elixir plumping lip gloss in honor 100% of the proceeds will go towards breast cancer research. this company is outstanding, I love how they support good causes.

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Siren Lipstick:
when I first encountered the lipstick I was gifted I was a bit skeptical of the darkness of the shade. only since I don’t normally wear deep tones, I tend to keep it more natural. once I decided to venture out of my comfort zone and give the lip color a try I absolutely fell in love with it and began wearing it almost daily.
a great quality the lipstick holds is it’s buildableness (or however you would say that). I started with one layer, and when I felt that wasn’t the darkness I wanted for the day, I built it up to my liking until I reached the color in the stick. it makes it very versatile and appropriate for both a more formal look or an everyday casual one.

Magnetic is a beautiful color for the fall and winter if you are looking for a bold lip. it won me over, despite the fact that I rarely wear dark lipstick.
the only (partial) downside to this makeup product is that it slightly sinks into fine lines and creases in the lips. no, it is not drying in any way, shape or form; even coming from me who possesses extremely dry lips. just tends to accentuate some divots.
I entirely enjoyed this product, no doubt.

and one of the best traits of the lipstick is if you purchase it in courage 30% of the proceeds will go directly to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund; another reason to indulge in Vapour Beauty products.

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Vernissage 3-Free Nail Lacquer:

looking at the website, I realize the 3-Free polish is not sold anymore, instead they have made it 5-Free which to me doesn’t seem any different. maybe just an enhanced formula is all, but I’m not sure.

however, I think this product is spectacular. I’ve repainted my nails with it twice already and each time it grows on me more and more. it glides on smooth like butter, it is very opaque (I only needed two coats for a perfect shade), it has a very nice sheen and it lasts for nearly a week (even on me, who is constantly doing rough work with my hands).

the packaging is sleek and classic, something I look for in my collection since nowadays it’s hard to find simplicity. you can definitely tell the nail polish is well-made from it’s heaviness and design.

I have been wearing the color Mischief, which, sadly, is not sold any longer on their website. it is a perfect purplish-gray shade, unlike any I’ve ever owned before. I adore it for the colder months of the year, but I could also see myself wearing it in every season. this lacquer is probably my favorite product I was gifted, and I cannot wait to stock up on multiple colors.

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I hope you all enjoyed another product review on a brand I have recently come to love. I was sponsored to make this post, but all opinions are 100% honest and my own. what are some of your favorite organic/natural makeup and beauty brands?

go give Vapour some love and support their amazing independent business!

if you’re interested in purchasing from them: http://www.vapourbeauty.com/

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BoxyCharm beauty subscription review.


I recently received a very exciting package in the mail. to be more specific I was sent the December BoxyCharm beauty box filled with an abundance of beautiful products.
if you have never heard of this company, it’s basically a subscription box, in which you pay a flat rate of $21 per month. the variety of beauty goodies are then shipped straight to your door, ready for you to experiment with. each month you receive different products such as, hair care or makeup, both from popular companies and independent stores.

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as I lifted the cover of the simple white packaging my eye was first drawn to two note cards, one with that month’s name and description, and the other explaining what products were inside along with their individual retail prices (which tell you the actual value of the products). the cards were printed with colors that suited the season well, pretty fonts and details about their company. this touch made me feel like the not-so-well known subscription box was nicely put together and professional.

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many times, larger objects stick out like a sore thumb. therefore, the next item that jumped out at me was the Coastal Scents REVEALED palette that is equipped with 20 (yes, 20!) eyeshadow colors. I was surprised to see such a well-known makeup brand with a large variety of good colors in the monthly box.
I like what the packaging looked like, not too over-the-top. it did a wonderful job of showing off the color selection that was stored neatly inside. it immediately reminded me of the Naked 2 palette, both matte and shimmery shades, warm tones, and most of all, the shape and layout of the potted shadows were almost exact.
when I began using the colors on my sister’s eyelids, I faced the problem of quite a lot of fallout landing below her bottom lashes, causing it to resemble a black eye. I attribute this inconvenience to the brush I was using, because once I began using my finger as the applicator I quickly saw better results. the colors had good pigmentation, however, I prefer even more vibrance. the only downside is that it is nearly $40; I would pay $30 or opt for an Urban Decay palette which provides better quality. but all in all I was impressed since it came in a subscription box that only costs $21 a month (which means with the eyeshadow alone, your total cost was already half of only one product).

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on the left I’m showing the color I like to use to fill in my brows, the matte shade. on the right I splotched four colors to show the pigmentation.

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here, I did a dark, sultry look on my sister using a warm brown matte as the base, a shimmery shadow in the center of the lids and a dark brown in the crease. I accented the eyes with a pearly white in the inter corners and below the brow.

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the full face picture leads into the next product perfectly; the Be a Bombshell lipgloss in the color “Hot Mess”. i paired the eye look with the bright red gloss because I felt they complimented each other nicely.
“Hot Mess” applied vibrantly and smoothly to the lips. it only required one coat for them to transform from natural to “BAM”, a great pop of color. I like the formula and sleek packaging, I would definitely repurchase this item.

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and here’s a close up of the fiery red.

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the only hair care product included in the month of December was the eva•nyc miniature hairspray. I didn’t particularly like it only because it made my hair crunchy instead of flexible. I don’t like when my hair is hard, I rather like when it’s touchable and soft while still does a good job of holding it in place. but if you aren’t picky, it’s a trusted product with cute, girly exterior in a travel sized container.

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I was excited to see a glamorous pair of mink lashes tucked in my box. they were the Lina Lashes brand made with 100% Siberian mink. they are cruelty free which is always a plus. the packaging is daunting and elegant, and the lashes look luxurious. unfortunately, I haven’t worn them yet because I am waiting for a special event to sport them at. my only suggestion is that if you end up buying these lashes, they don’t come with adhesive so make sure you have some already.

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and last but not least is the Mistura Beauty Solutions Retractable Beauty Brush. Wow, what a mouthful. it’s a compact travel brush that comes with a cap, a perfect essential to throw in your purse. I used it once for my setting powder and another time for bronzer, both times I really enjoyed the results. the bristles are very soft and comforting on the skin and pick up a good amount of product.

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overall, I thoroughly adored the BoxyCharm box that was given to me. I think it is absolutely worth the monthly payment and can be used as a tool to find new, great products from many types of brands.

if you’re interested in purchasing the BoxyCharm monthly subscription boxes, or just want to try it out for one month here’s were you can find it:
http://www.boxycharm.com/dec-subscription-products.html

Or if you only want to purchase one of these items individually, here are the websites in order with how I reviewed them:
http://www.coastalscents.com

http://www.beabombshellcosmetics.com

http://www.eva-nyc.com

http://www.linalash.com

http://www.misturabeauty.com

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hope you all enjoyed. love all. love Madeline. xoxo

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