Petit Vour Beauty Box

Petit Vour Beauty Box

Creme de La Cruelty-Free

 

What’s up fam?! I’m excited to share this amazing box of goodies with you all! I am collaborating with Petit Vour monthly to bring you my thoughts and reviews on the different products that come with each box. Petit Vour is a trusted site for all beauty things, non-toxic, cruelty-free and vegan. I’m looking forward to discover as many wonderful cruelty-free and vegan products as possible. With each box you receive 4 to 5 sample or full size products for you to try out – and every month provides a different set. If you’re a beauty geek, like myself, this is a perfect way for you to keep up with all the newest and best quality beauty products. And on the other hand, if you’re a newbie to the beauty sphere, this is an ideal way to learn and experiment with different products, especially since they’re hand selected for you.

 

This month’s (December 2017) Petit Vour box includes:

  1. Province Apothecary Full Brow Serum
    Price: $16 (full size $36)
    I am quite excited about this product because I’m an eyebrow girl. What that means: if I were to wear one thing on my face when I walk out of the house, it’d be my eyebrow gel. Eyebrows frame the face. You’ve heard it before, and it’s damn true. So with this product, I’m all about growing my brows to make them appear more full. I’ll update you in this post and on Instagram, if I’m loving it and whether, I’ll be purchasing the full product in the future.
  2. Odacité Synergie Immediate Perfecting Beauty Masque
    Price: $6 (full size $59)
    This product claims that it will “…detoxify the pores, brighten and even skin tone, peel dead cells, and firm skin.” Sounds like a keeper to me.

  3. Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Ultra-Natural Mascara
    Price: $10 (full-size $22)
    Second to my favorite beauty product category is mascara. Most days, I just wear mascara and do my brows. I’m always looking for new mascara products to try out. This one gives a very subtle and natural look, and is perfect for everyday. It doesn’t clump and make my lashes droop; it’s very light and the wand helps create this effect. Try it out, if you desire a natural look. Something else to take into consideration: I personally have pretty short lashes, but mine don’t have difficultly staying up if I curl them once.

  4. True Moringa Lip Whip in ‘Truth’ – Full Size
    Price: $16
    I love this! It’s sheer and adds just a touch of color. I think it will work great with any skin tone. I’m usually a dark lip or liquid lipstick kind of girl, but this is perfect for those days I’m in a rush and am looking for a quick application that still lets my lips stand out.

  5. Ursa Major Golden Hour
    Price: $6 (full size $48)
    Oooh, this night cream is just what I needed for this dry, cold winter. I can really feel my skin retaining the moisture while the nutrients is getting properly absorbed into my skin. I have pretty sensitive skin, and it knows right away when something is working the way it’s needed, and when it isn’t. I suppose a lot of people could say the same. Skincare is so important to me because I’ve realize the effects it has long term on our health. It’s imperative that we provide our skin proper care because it’s the largest organ in our body and it will immediately soak up whatever we feed it.

 

This little decadent 5 piece sampler was just the convincing I needed to continue subscribing to Petit Vour’s monthly Beauty Boxes. It’s only $15 a month; this is for U.S. residents when you sign up for a yearly subscription. For full pricing details visit Petit Vour. You can also browse the site to purchase other beauty and fashion items. Let me know if you decide to purchase your own box. I want to hear other people’s thoughts as well. Leave me a comment or hit me up in DM’s. ūüôā

 

Draped In Navy

Draped In Navy

 

Hello, it’s been a while. If I’m going to be completely honest, the infrequent blog posts are due to my hectic mental state. Sometimes life makes you more than blue; it’s more of a deeper, darker color – perhaps we’ll say like a navy. My outfit photos are of course always unplanned and on a whim so that adds to the inconsistency. I am a moody person and a lot of what I do is based on how I am feeling at the moment, so I’m sure you can only imagine how stressful that can be. Healing comes with time while practicing self-love, and I am making an effort to be better. Thank you to those who have stuck around and have been patiently cruising along with me on this blogging journey. I really, truly appreciate it. I hope with each post, no matter how rare, it inspires you to make more conscious decisions.

 

 

This photo shoot was empowering. A quick one, but that’s all it takes. I was barefoot. I was bra-less. The entire time I tried to be mindful while channeling self-care, albeit struggling lately with my body image among other insecurities. My boyfriend is my biggest supporter and it shows through how he captures me, every time. No matter how I’m feeling, he manages to snap a shot that captures me beautifully – a reflection of unconditionally how he sees me. I am so grateful to have someone in my life who encourages me to be better an stronger, despite my downs and my rocky moods. Body image issues come in waves, and affects me most when I’m at my most vulnerable states. However, learning to be confident in front of the camera (because it hasn’t always been this way) has truly helped me be more self-accepting and comfortable in my own skin.

 

Now, on to this simple, yet bold outfit. I purchased this dress VERY recently from Reformation’s sale, which is STILL going on! I’ve just been really wanting a dress – I have no other reason or need. This one in particular is flow-y and comfortable, yet elegant, which is exactly the type of dress I go for. If you’re itching to buy something new, it is important to get into the habit of purchasing from ethical and eco-friendly companies. Check out ‘The True Cost,’ the documentary to learn more. Feel free to also research fashion waste and the fashion industry’s corruption. This dress is called the ‘Naya Dress,’ and it is made with Ecoballet fabric which is 92% micro tencel and 8% spandex. All of Reformation’s clothes are made in an ethical factory. Then the other piece to my outfit is this gold statement choker by Soko. Their stunning pieces are handmade by artisan entrepreneurs with recycled brass. Please note that they are not a fully vegan company and some of their pieces do include reclaimed cow horn and bone. Make sure to double check each piece.

Typically, my outfits are simple because I like to let each piece stand out. It is important to me that every bit of my outfit signifies something to me or helps me feel good because we all know how much feeling great in an outfit can change our mood. Although, I guess you could say I’m just extra sentimental. I’m all about simplicity as long as it allows the intricacies shine.

Each of you are aware of what works for you in regards to your shopping habits and your personal style, then from here all it takes is a few extra steps to be conscious of the impacts these decisions have. You can most definitely still dress mindfully for the planet, the people, and the animals.

 

Photography by Neivy // Instagram: @neivy

 

Details*: Reformation Naya Dress (Sold Out – but they have a SALE!) || Soko Luxe Collar Necklace

*100% Vegan. 100% Cruelty-free.

 

X,

Joan

The Roads Fade Into Summer

The Roads Fade Into Summer

 

At this point we’ve finally¬†peeled away those layers worn into¬†the very beginning of summer, proving the uncertainty of this spring’s weather pattern. It’s hot as hell now, and the uncomfortably hot, humid east coast summer weather is finally here to stay. During the¬†time of these photos, it was well into the spring months teetering between¬†hot heat and 60 degree weather – an odd time for fashion decisions. Wrap skirts are ideal for shaky weather patterns. When it comes to heat resistance they are a great idea for letting in a nice breeze, yet long enough to protect from the sun’s¬†harsh UV rays. Go for a light fabric such as¬†polyester, viscose or light cotton. I found mine at my local vintage¬†shop down the block for 8 bucks! What a steal. Walk into a thrift or consignment store of your choosing and do some digging! Sift through hangers and rifle through bins with an open mind and you never know what treasures you’ll find.

// TIP: Remember to slather that sunblock on your face and body. You should be adding this step to you face routine in the morning EVERYDAY Рnot just in the summer, but ALL-year round. Your face is exposed to the sun 365-days a year, and not to mention it hosts the most gentle and sensitive skin cells on your body. Enough of that random spiel/ lecture on skincare, but hopefully that encouraged some action on self-care. //

Nature inspires me most, therefore naturally my photos end up amongst forests or fields I happen upon through adventures with my partner in crime, Neivy, who photographs my beautiful images. Green is my favorite color and summer is the best time to see the most of green scenery.

This day we stopped by the side of the road to take photos near the woods, then drove further on and came upon fenced off marsh land surrounded by fields of grass. We pulled over to the side of the road to capture it, and enjoyed our time there.

At day’s end, we visited¬†the¬†local beach near Neivy’s house and caught the beautiful sunset that lit up the skies red and orange. My favorite days are those tranquil ones¬†spent frolicking through and appreciating¬†the beauty this Earth holds.

 

*** Please be mindful of our Earth by implementing daily habits that vitalizes sustainability and our planet’s healing. Start out with the small stuff: carry reusable water bottles, say no to straws and plastic utensils, cut out meat and dairy a few times a week, and shop second-hand more often.¬†***

 

// Items I use //

  • Reusable water bottle, here.
  • Reusable utensils, here.
  • Glass straws, here.

 

Captured by Neivy (Instagram)/ Edited by Yours Truly

 

Details*: UNIF Cropped Vegan Leather Jacket|| Black Off the Shoulder Bodysuit || Thrifted Floral Wrap Skirt || Nude Vegan Thin Strap Heels || Chokers: Etsy and Bijoux Indiscrets

*100% Vegan. 100% Cruelty-free.

 

X,

Joan

The Backpack For Your All-Inclusive Adventure

The Backpack For Your All-Inclusive Adventure

 

Lee Coren is a talented bag designer based out of Jaffa, Israel. Her designs are unique to her and everything is made ethically from the textiles to the products themselves.

Functional and casual, yet chic, this backpack by Lee Coren is the perfect travel companion. I have been taking¬†this one¬†around with me daily and it is undoubtedly my¬†current favorite! Living in one of the busiest cities in the world, a good bag is absolutely necessary. Named¬†the Metropolitan Confetti Backpack, it¬†is made from vegan suede with confetti detailing on the top half and vegan leather on the bottom half. The top closes with a zipper across and this part of the design makes the bag¬†very convenient for accessing¬†the¬†items inside. I can fit a 13″ laptop, and I was definitely able to stuff in¬†a good amount of necessary items and knick knacks. The contents of my bag typically include: an ipad or laptop, a novel I’m currently reading, a notebook or journal, pens, earphones, phone chargers, a wallet and a vanity pouch.¬† Despite all that I was able to fill the backpack with, the backpack was still very comfortable to wear – I kept it on¬†my back for 4 hours walking around New York City and was surprised at how light it felt throughout my day’s journey. These are the two main reasons I would recommend it for travel: it’s spaciousness¬†and comfortability. There’s also a hidden zipper compartment on the opposite side of the backpack where the straps are and your back would be touching – this spot is good for keys, your bus pass, or¬†anything you’d like to easily be able to reach for or items you’d like to keep in a safer spot. There are also pockets on either side of the backpack for extra storage. This is the ideal backpack situation for your all-inclusive trip to prepare you for¬†the most worry-free and wonderful trip.

 

 

X,

Joan

Transitional Pieces: Winter to Spring

Transitional Pieces: Winter to Spring

The most awkward wardrobe transitional period is¬†from winter¬†to spring, especially here in New York because it’s not subtle.¬†East coast winter can be brutal. When it is icy cold out, and¬†you leave any bit¬†of your skin exposed, you’ll instantly become a popsicle. This makes¬†you look forward¬†to spring days while envisioning outfits such as¬†ripped denim with a flowy top or a breezy midi skirt and short sleeves. Then comes one of those winter days where hints of spring weather are in the air. I chose this outfit to ensure that I am covered up when it gets chilly, but not over-layered to avoid any icky and unnecessary perspiration.

 

I am wearing a long sleeve off the shoulder crop top under my cropped vegan leather jacket. It’s the perfect combination for this seasonal transition.

I wore these lightweight high-waisted and comfortable pants which might the best type of pants to wear on one of those cooler spring days, next to denim. And of course, I finished off my outfit with these shoes that are a definite favorite. If you follow my blog, you have already seen them featured here before. My boss-lady and entrepreneurial friend, Bianca designed them and I am in love with her artistic eye. Her entire collection is quite eye-catching and wonderfully versatile. She has some of the best all-season shoes for transitional days which can be worn into spring and summer. Go check out her site, Susi Studio now for a special sale, with 10% of proceeds going towards Planned Parenthood.

Photography by Neivy.

Details*: UNIF Cropped Vegan Leather Jacket || Striped Off the Shoulder Crop Top || American Apparel Pants || Susi Studio Emerson Shoes.

*100% Vegan. 100% Cruelty-free.

X,

Joan

Snowy Vibes in Vintage

Snowy Vibes in Vintage

This post¬†is¬†coming to you a little later than expected. I had forgotten all about these photos and happened upon them¬†today. This look was taken around January, I believe. I was at a vintage shop and I fell in love with these awesome 70’s plaid flared pants. Disappointingly at first glance, these pants were labeled by the store as “Wool Pants”. However, when I felt that fabric, I was 70%¬†sure it wasn’t.¬†Keeping my fingers crossed, I checked the tags and to my relief they were 100% acrylic. I recommend checking tags, always! You never know – fabrics may surprise you… Although, fur is pretty obvious and repulsive. Buying¬†leather or wool¬†second-hand may be¬†more acceptable (in terms of sustainability) than opting for¬†new, but I personally do not buy or wear any clothes that use¬†animals as fabric regardless of leniency to sustainability. The decision is yours.

These pants definitely needed, and still requires¬†an alter. I haven’t had the time to get done and since winter is coming to an end, I might even just postpone the adjustments until next season. ūüėÖ¬†You just might see them again next fall or winter, styled in a completely different look.

The snow makes me smile, but by the end of this shoot my toes were freezing. I indubitably concurred that I was not wearing enough layers; not to mention, the shoes I am wearing are not ideal for trekking through snow. Outfit impracticality is my specialty. This look altogether is a little different than what I’m used to aka not my usual, normal style.¬†Sometimes, it’s fun to experiment with your style so go be bold and wear whatever inspires your mind. Even the nonsensical outfits can complete a killer look. Remember, fashion has no rules. As long as you are expressing yourself and it is representing you, no one can tell you no.

Photography by Neivy

Details*: ASOS Jacket (yes it‚Äôs 100% polyester) ‚Äď options¬†here, here¬†and here¬†|| White Long Sleeve ¬†‚Äď options here¬†and here¬†¬†|| Vintage Plaid Pants¬†|| Boots (Old) || Vaute Hat

*100% Vegan. 100% Cruelty-free.

 

X,

Joan