Stowaway Cosmetics Review

Stowaway Make-Up Review

I love Popsugar monthly boxes. It’s always nice to be introduced to new products and try them out for a fraction of the cost. Back in December Popsugar sent its subscribers a trio of little lipsticks in incredibly pigmented colors from a company called Stowaway. I instantly fell in love with the colors and the overall “cute factor” of the tiny trio. I am a girly girl so these little lipsticks were definitely my cup of tea!

Also in the box was a coupon for Stowawaycosmetics.com. If you purchased a Stowaway Basic Kit you could receive three free lipsticks in the colors of your choice. Well, I had three already, but I was dying to try the other colors and see if I loved them as much as the ones I already had.

I checked out their website saw the variety of products they sold and was instantly intrigued. I purchased the Basic Kit for $75 and received three more lipsticks for free using the coupon code. I waited anxiously for my delivery person to bring them to me. My first reaction when the box arrived was, “That’s it?” The box was so small it was hard to believe an entire face worth of makeup could possibly be inside it.

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But my disbelief turned to happiness as I opened the box and revealed all the tiny makeup items inside. Everything was so stinking cute! But the real test would be when I used them. Cute packaging didn’t mean anything if the products didn’t work.

The next day I did my makeup using all of them. Because I am fair, I ordered both the BB cream and the concealer in FAIR. The colors were very good matches. The BB cream gives a sheer natural coverage, but the concealer is truly amazing. You have to warm it up on your finger for a second or two to help it liquify, but then it goes on and it conceals everything! The redness around your nostrils, the circles under your eyes, the unwanted redness or blemish you wish to hide are instantly gone.

The blush is almost pure pigment. It takes such a small amount to give your cheeks that perfect flush. The first time I put it on I used way too much and had to start over. As small as the blush is, it would easily be a year supply!

The eyeliner goes on smooth and easy and sets after about a minute. I ordered the color spice because I prefer brown eyeliner usually over black. The mascara has become one of my favorite items, like the concealer. I suffer from sensitive, dry eyes, and a lot of mascaras will irritate my eyes. For about two years now I have used Tarte exclusively just for that reason. This mascara is equal to Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Flashes in every way. It goes only beautifully, curls, lengthens and thickens.

The reason why the products are small is because they are supposed to be right sized makeup, makeup that can actually be used up during its shelf life. Most people don’t think of makeup having a shelf life but it does. Products go bad, germs get inside, and bacteria can grow. This is especially true for eye products.

Another aspect of this line that I love is that it is EU compliant. The European Union has banned 1,100+ chemical substances. America has only banned 6. I appreciate that the items are safe for use. To learn more click on the link below to check out Stowaway for yourself, or click on the videos.

http://www.stowawaycosmetics.com

 

 

 

 

Cuddle & Kind

Cuddle & Kind

The amazing folks at Cuddle & Kind reached out to me a while back to ask me to review their products as well as their site. I was unfamiliar with the company so did a little research first, and what I learned about them made me proud to partner with them to bring you this post.

Cuddle & Kind has to be one of the best fair trade, socially conscience companies in existence. It was started by a mother and father who wanted to instill in their own children  a sense of kindness and responsibility. Cuddle & Kind’s primary mission is to provide meals to children, children around the world and here at home in the US.

The way they raise the money to feed all these hungry children is to make adorable hand knitted dolls. What makes their mission even more wonderful is that they employ over a hundred artisan women in Peru to hand knit their dolls. This provides the women with a livable income to raise their families and improve their homes.

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Cuddle & Kind was nice enough to send me one of their dolls, and since I have a young son who loves stuffed animals I requested they send me Scout, their male white tail deer. Casey loves Scout, who he quickly renamed Bucky, and has been sleeping with him ever since. The doll is made with high quality yarns and vibrant colors. Bucky the deer has now gone on several adventures outside with Casey into the woods behind out house as well as spent several days in the tree fort. The doll still looks brand new.

For every doll that Cuddle & Kind sells through their website it provides 10 free meals to children as well as pays their artisans in Peru. So far the company has been able to provide 210,598 meals to children as of this post. Their goal is a big one! They want to provide 1,000,000 meals a year to children every where.

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Besides their adorable dolls they also sell artistic prints suitable for framing and hanging  in your child’s room. Each print sold provides 5 free meals. The print I received was colorful, cute as could be, and made of good paper stock. My son loved the print because Bucky was part of the illustration.

If you want to learn more about this wonderful company or purchase one of their darling dolls for your child, a niece or nephew, or as a shower gift for someone who is expecting, check out their fun website here, www.cuddleandkind.com

To see more about Scout the Deer and one of the prints click on the YouTube link below!

**I was not paid money to endorse Cuddle & Kind. I received a free doll and a free print for the purposes of reviewing and sharing with my subscribers.

Love,
Tina

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