When I saw the previews for this month’s box, I was so stoked! Not only were they sending me the regular goodies, but Medusa’s Makeup also decided to collaborate with Ella & Mila and put some vegan-friendly nail polish in there, too. If you haven’t heard of Medusa’s Makeup before, they are an edgy vegan-based makeup brand that I adore! Their products are always very pigmented and budget-friendly.
Be sure to check out their May 2018 box review from me: Medusa’s Makeup – May Subscription Box #ShamelessSelfPromo
Okay, let’s get on to the reviewing…
Let’s talk about the products in the box. September came with three products from Medusa’s Makeup and one special guest product from Ella + Mila.
- Blush in the shade ‘Dangerous Liaison.’
- Afterglow Facial Serum
- Eye Dust in the shade ‘Black Sabbath.’
- Nail Polish in the shade ‘Ibiza breeze.’
1. Medusa’s Makeup Blush “Dangerous Liaison”
I think that Medusa’s Makeup has a pro and con that is the same thing: their products are extremely pigmented! It’s great for most things – especially highlighters – but when it comes to blush, it can end up being a big problem.
If you not an expert at lightly dabbing and tapping off any excess powder, then this blush is definitely not for you. I don’t know why I wasn’t expecting pigmentation when I first tapped into this blush, but let’s just say “thank heavens I could blend it out.”
- It blends well provided you know what you’re doing.
- It’s a gorgeous shade of pink.
- Vegan-Friendly & Cruelty-Free
- Can definitely be used as an eye shadow….
- Has a lot of pigment.
I never liked blush because my cheeks has been pink for the entirety of my life, and it felt pointless to want to cover that up and then want to add more pink back. But I’ve since realized how classy blush can make anyone look and how toned down or up it can be for any occasion. I recently just started playing around with blush when I got the Mineral Blush ‘Laser Beams,’ see – August 2018 Vegan Beauty Haul – but I’ve been starting to become more comfortable with it and feel ready to expand my collection and broaden my blush horizon.
Rating: 3 of 5 stars
2. Afterglow Facial Serum
You guys – I have found the BEST product to add into my skincare routine and it’s this Afterglow Facial Serum right here! It’s a hydrating blend of grape-seed oil and pink grapefruit oil and possibly the greatest creation ever. It makes my skin feel so hydrated, too! Of course, I would do some research on it before you decide to buy it because some people left low-rated reviews on the companies website.
I personally love it, though!
The only downside is that it can get really oily if you use too much. So I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone whose face is already oily.
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
3. “Black Sabbath” Eye Dust
Okay, this is another one of those Pigment kind of deals. The black pigment is gorgeous if you can blend it right – and 6/10 times I can’t. But I could definitely see how it would make a nice cut crease or smokey eye look; and it would definitely be the winner of any dramatic scene. I can see myself using this when I’m a little more experienced – but for now it’s going to sit in my makeup basket untouched.
Rating: 3 of 5 stars
4. Ella+Mila “Ibiza Breeze”
Okay, I want to start off by talking about the packaging of this product. The box is comes in is the cutest! – and the color scheme of the rose pink, pastel purple, and bronze is to die for. I adore the little Elephant logo and the glass bottle is simple but so sleek and chic.
Now let’s talk about the formula. This nail polish is formulated 7-free – which means it’s free from seven harmful ingredients, including:
- Toluene – which is a liquid that is used as a solvent and has the familiar smell of paint thinner.
- Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) – which is a commonly used plasticizer and has been linked to cancer. DBP has also been connected to birth defects in studies involving lab animals. In fact, this toxin was added to the California Proposition 65 list of suspected teratogens, which are agents that cause malformations of an embryo.
- Formaldehyde – which is a commonly used chemical to preserve and embalm dead animals (and humans).
- Formaldehyde Resin – which is a derivative of Formaldehyde, mainly used in the production of coatings and adhesives. It is not as toxic as Formaldehyde but can be an allergen.
- Camphor – which is a poison that can cause seizures and disorientation if used in large doses. This chemical acts as a cover on your nails, depriving them of nutrients and causing yellow staining on your nails.
- Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP) – which is a chemical used in plastics to improve flexibility and as a flame retardant.
- Xylene – which is irritating to the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract. It can cause systemic toxicity by ingestion or inhalation. The most common route of exposure is via inhalation. Symptoms of xylene poisoning include CNS effects (headache, dizziness, ataxia, drowsiness, excitement, tremor, and coma), ventricular arrythmias, acute pulmonary edema, respiratory depression, nausea, vomiting, and reversible hepatic impairment.
On their website, Ella+Mila says this: Our motto here at Ella+Mila is polish with love® and it is easy to do with polishes that are made without these 7 harmful chemicals. Although nail polish cannot be made entirely with organic ingredients (yet), we have done our best to ensure that Ella+Mila polishes are safer because safety is of utmost importance to us!
Lastly, let’s talk about the color. Of course, they have many other colors but this one so happens to be a turquoise, which used to be my favorite color. (My favorite color now is grey, but that’s getting off topic.) Turquoise is so pretty to me and I love – love – love this nail polish so much!
Also!! They are a vegan-friendly and cruelty-free brand certified by PETA!!
Win – win – win!
Rating: 5 of 5 stars!!!
This month’s box was so exciting and I’m happy that I got to share it with you. Thank you for reading!
Now, ANSWER THIS: Have you ever tried either of these brands before? If so, did you like them? Why, or why not?