March Kinder Beauty Box

Hello, everyone! I  ran to my mailbox this morning when I saw that my Kinder Beauty box had been delivered. No joke, this box is AMAZING. I think the first two boxes were great, but this box has such a relaxing vibe to it. So, without further ado, let’s see what’s in the March Kinder Beauty Box. And, keep in mind, if you sign up for your own Kinder Beauty box use code KAYLEEKINDER at checkout or click this link for a free bonus item in your first box!

The first thing in my box was a Botanical Steam from Franklin and Whitman. The mixture is chamomile flowers, peppermint leaf, hibiscus petals, calendula flowers, cornflowers, and lemon verbena leaf. You put 1-2 tbsp of the mixture into boiling water, let it cool, and lean over the bowl for about 10 minutes. It is supposed to deeply cleanse and dislodge dirt from pores. It retails for $22. I’m super excited to try this on a nice little spa night.


The next product in my March box is the Coconut Cream Shea Butter Hand Cream from Farmhouse Fresh. It contains jojoba and soybean oils. I used a little of this when I opened my box and it didn’t leave a greasy or oily feeling on my hands. It retails for $15.


I love taking baths, they are such a great time to destress and enjoy some alone time. And this next product is a Lavendar Bath Bomb from The Kind Poppy. It retails for $6.50. The smell of lavender is so relaxing on its own, so combined with a bath bomb is going to be the best relaxation tool.


I’m not going to lie, I opened my Kinder Beauty Box and had no clue what this was. It looked like a mini pile of firewood. Turns out, it is the Palo Santo Wood Stick Bundle from Soul Makes. The wood is considered “Holy wood” and is said to increase relaxation and bring joy and harmony into the home. You can light the sticks just as you would a smudge stick, or you can just place it around your home. I placed mine on my bookshelf near all of my crystals and I’m hoping it will provide a pleasant sugary scent, if nothing else. A package of 6 sticks retails for $4.50.


My favorite type of face mask is a sheet mask. I love to turn on Netflix, put on a sheet mask, and use my jade roller to roll out my face and help massage the sheet mask into my skin. I have been looking all over for a sheet mask that is cruelty-free, vegan, and won’t burn my sensitive skin. If you haven’t, read about my horrible sheet mask experience with Pacifica’s sheet masks here.

The mask I received is the Antioxidant Sheet Mask from Eve Hansen. The face mask claims to reduce redness, soothe sun damaged skin, and enhance overall skin nourishment. I haven’t tried out this face mask yet, but I will post an update at the end of this article once I do, to let you all know how it worked out for me. I only received a single face mask, but looking on the Eve Hansen website, a package of 5 face masks is about $21.


The final item in the box was the Maracuja Mascara from 100% Pure. It apparently gets its pigmentation from tea, cocoa, and coffee beans, which is pretty cool. Again, I haven’t tried this out, but once I do I will leave an update at the end of this article.


The thing I love most about beauty boxes is that I am able to  learn about so many different brands that I might’ve missed before. I am signed up for the 3 month subscription, $66, meaning that each box costs me about $22. Everything in my March Kinder Beauty Box totaled up to be $74. I highly recommend the Kinder Beauty Box, I love the products they include, the fact that they include smaller businesses, what they stand for, and the fact that they also donate to animal charities with a portion of their proceeds. Check out their website and use KAYLEEKINDER at checkout!


UPDATE: I tried the mascara and it smelled like chocolate! It worked out for a nice, natural look on my lashes, but I am in love with the fact that it smells like chocolate!

The face mask was SUPER goopy, but it was pretty relaxing and had some sort of cooling effect. It didn’t upset my sensitive skin. After I took of the sheet mask, I had to wipe some of the residue off, just because it was SO MUCH. The next day my skin was visibly less red and the acne that I had seemed to be a little smaller. I would definitely use again.

February Kinder Beauty Box Review

Hello, everyone! Today I am super excited because I just got my second Kinder Beauty Box! For those who may not know, Kinder Beauty is a monthly beauty subscription box with $65+ worth of makeup, skincare, haircare, etc. It is 100% composed of cruelty-free and vegan items, and if it couldn’t get any better, a portion of sales go towards animal rights and environmental causes!

I first heard about this box through the Instagram of Daniella Monet, one of the founders. I used to  have a previous subscription box, but was frustrated because I couldn’t choose to only receive cruelty free items. When Daniella announced this project with Evanna Lynch, the second found of Kinder Beauty, I immediately signed up.

Subscriptions come in packages: monthly for $24/month, 3 months for $66 ($22/month), or 12 months for $239.40 ($19.95/month). The first two boxes sold out, so if by the end of this review you want a box, I suggest moving fast! Now, let’s get on with the review!

As soon as I opened the box, there was a slip of paper that told me how much each item retails for and a description of the item. The first item in my box was a full size liquid lipstick from Ambreesh in the shade Hey, Doll. It is a waterproof, transfer proof, all day wear formula that still provides an extremely lightweight feel. When I swatched this on my hand it was completely opaque, and didn’t wash off of my hand until I scrubbed it with soap in the shower. It retails for $28.IMG_0177


Next in the box was a full size Kat Von D liquid eyeliner in the shade Trooper. THIS IS MY FAVORITE EYELINER. It is a highly pigmented, 24-hour-wear formula that’s also waterproof and transfer resistant. I truly swear by this eyeliner, it’s amazing. This eyeliner retails for $20.


Up next is the Skin Detox Rehab Mask from Delia Organics. Here’s my honest opinion, it didn’t work. This mask comes as a powder that you add water to and it becomes a paste. I started out with one, single drop of water and no matter how much powder I mixed in, I ended up using about half of the container, it was just absorbed into the drop and always remained a liquid. This face mask retails for $22.IMG_0175

The next product is a set of false eyelashes with a mini vegan adhesive by the brand Eldora. I haven’t tried these out yet, so I can’t say for sure how much I like them, I will keep you updated. The pair of eyelashes retail for $9.IMG_0176

The final product I received in my Kinder Beauty Box is a deluxe sample size of the Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil by Derma-E. I have to admit I was pretty excited to see this brand because I do use a face wash by them. They’re on the higher end of drugstore, so I’m glad I get to try the cleansing oil before actually buying a full size. A full size version is 2 oz. and retails for $15.99.


Those were the products in my February Kinder Beauty Box! Would you like a review of my box in March?

If you are interested in signing up for Kinder Beauty, you can use my code: KAYLEEKINDER at checkout or click this link for a free item in your first box!

Buyer Beware: Pacifica Sheet Masks

Hey, everyone! Unfortunately, today’s post isn’t going to be my favorite to write. I bought the Pacifica Stress Rehab Coconut and Caffeine Facial Mask the other day and was so excited to try it out because it is cruelty free AND VEGAN!

I excitedly tore off the paper and smoothed the sheet mask over my face. Within a matter of seconds I felt a burning sensation; I left it on for a few more seconds, hoping that it would pass. However, I had to take it off of my face, having it been on for a total of 1 minute.

This is not how I wanted the first picture of my face to appear on my blog, but the show must go on. LOOK HOW RED MY FACE IS!


The main ingredients of this face mask are: coconut, caffeine, green tea, and turmeric. I assumed it was the turmeric that has done this to my face, and before reading reviews, I would have also assumed it was because I have sensitive skin. However, the face mask claims it is for all skin types, and after reading reviews, even those without sensitive skin felt a burn and had to remove the face mask and reveal bright red skin.

My dad tried the Pacifica Super Green Detox Kale and Charcoal Facial Mask and his face was burning, as well. After looking at reviews of all of their sheet masks, there seems to be a trend of burning skin and red faces.

I had such high hopes for this face mask because Pacifica is one of my favorite skin care brands, but unfortunately I was let down by their sheet masks. On a positive note, Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile, and Lavender saved my skin. After a few sprays of that my skin calmed down.

Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender

I guess the moral of the story is that I should thoroughly read reviews before snatching up some products, even if they are cruelty free and vegan. I hope that all of you do, too!

Cruelty-Free Skincare

Hello, friends! Today I want to share with you my cruelty free skincare routine. Being cruelty free is such a huge part of helping to end animal testing. I went cruelty free about three years ago; I started by replacing my makeup with cruelty free brands, then went on to my skincare, and now that I am living on my own, I also only use cruelty free house products, as well. I hope to do a cruelty free makeup and household item blog posts in the future, so stay tuned!

My biggest fear while going cruelty free was that I was going to have to give up all of the products that I loved; I now realize how absolutely selfish that was of me. The point of going cruelty free is to show that you will not support companies who test on animals or allow their products to be tested on animals. It’s about being a voice for the animals in laboratories who cannot speak for themselves. And honestly, cruelty free products tend to be more natural and better for you in the long run.

So, how do you know what is cruelty free? There are so many ways to know what brand is cruelty free and what is not. First off, on the product itself there will be one of these symbols:   cruelty-free-bunny-logo-symbolI got this lovely picture from Cruelty-Free Kitty, who shows you how to spot a fake cruelty-free logo.…/cruelty-free-bunny-logo

The one thing that you should know is when brands try to be sneaky. For example, some companies might say that they do not test on animals UNLESS REQUIRED BY LAW. This means that they sell their products in China, where animal testing is required. I know, how absolutely horrible that they actually REQUIRE products to be tested on animals before they are sold there. Anyways, that is what happened with Nars a little while ago where they still said they were cruelty free, only they started selling in China and it really upset a lot of people. I mean, it is really upsetting to think about what those animals have to go through, all so that we could have products that we feel like we can’t live without. Just take a look at your face wash, is it worth the torture that poor animals have to go through? I hope your answer is no.

Stepping away from my lecture and into my skincare. These are the products that I use in the morning.


The Derma-E brand has so many great skincare products; they are so gentle and calming on my skin. Not only are they cruelty free, but they are vegan, GMO-free, and eco-ethical. After I wash my face, I go in with Lush Grease Lightning spot treatment. This has tea tree oil, aloe, and witch hazel in it, which works way better for me than salicylic acid ever did. Lush is one of my favorite places to go for vegan and cruelty free items because it says right on the packing what is vegan and what is not, the packing is recyclable, and they put a little sticker of who made that product. My Ultra Repair Cream from First Aid Beauty is SO FREAKIN’ AMAZING. It is my savior in the winter; not only do I use it on my face, but I use it all over my body because it is so hydrating and gentle on my skin.


My skincare best friend is Mario Badescu, he just understands my skin so well. I start off my night routine by washing my face with the Acne Facial Cleanser, which is a small size because it came in a sample pack with a few other items, which I will link below. Once my face is all clean I take a cotton round and dab a little of the Special Cucumber Lotion on it and rub that all over the trouble areas on my face. Then I go in with THE BEST under eye cream EVER, Tarte’s Maracuja C-Brightener Eye Treatment. Seriously, so amazing! I tend to get puffy under eyes and dark, purple circles, and this just hydrates my eyes and keeps them depuffed (that’s not a real word, but you get it) while I sleep. I follow up with my Ultra Repair Cream and once that has dried completely I take a Q-Tip, dip it into my Drying Lotion, and put that on my blemishes. This has helped dry out big zits on my face OVERNIGHT. It’s actually a miracle.


These are my favorite masks. I use the Mario Badescu Cucumber Tonic Mask about 2 times a week. It is really great for oily and acne prone skin. If you have dry skin, I would suggest their Collagen mask. When I’m near Lush, (my stupid college town DOESN’T have a Lush, ugh) I always pick up the Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask. Since it is a fresh face mask, it lasts for about two weeks and you have to keep it in the fridge, but this is the one item that if you bought anything I have suggested, this would be it. I’m so serious, if you want to suck up all the crap from your pores and have soft skin then THIS IS THE PRODUCT FOR YOU. I also threw in Tarte’s under eye masks because, unfortunately, Sephora products are not cruelty free, even though I loved their sheet masks and under eye masks. But, Tarte’s under eye masks work just as well and no animal had to be harmed for your spa night!

I didn’t have to give up any of my skincare in order to go cruelty free. In fact, it just led me to awesome brands who advocate for animals and our planet. Even if you just change a few products, it’s less money going into the pockets of those who test on animals.

I hope you have all enjoyed my cruelty free skincare post, stay tuned for another post next Sunday!…/anti-wrinkle-vitamin-a-glycolic-cleanser ($13.75)…nsers/grease-lightning/02896 ($15.95)…/ultra-repair-cream-intense-hydration-P248407 ($12+) ($30) This kit includes the cleanser, cucumber lotion, and a great mask for drying out acne. ($17)…/maracuja-c-brighter-eye-treatment-P377545 ($38)…uct/cucumber-tonic-mask ($18)…s/catastrophe-cosmetic/06093 ($9.95)…-undereye-patches/844 ($22)