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May 2018

Product Reviews, Subscription Boxes


Petit Vour

Happy 5 Year Anniversary Petit Vour!  Thanks for spoiling us (as always) with cruelty-free beauty on your Anniversary.  Their monthly box is only $18 a month or as low as $15 a month with a yearly membership.  Every box is expertly curated and free from animal testing, animal ingredients and harmful toxins.

I wanted to share with you a message from Madeline Alcott & Ryan Miner, Co- founders of Petit Vour:

Petit Vour “peh-tee-vohr”

“Is a Frenglish word derived from French confectionary “petit four.”  A petit vour is a small, cruelty-free luxury-non-toxic, vegan, and ethically made.  Petit Vour boxes contain a selection of such things and are curated for the modern, ethical woman.”

How it works:

  • Each box contains 4-5 cruelty free beauty products every month.  May contain travel, deluxe or full- size products
  • Typical value $45-$60 monthly
  • Each box includes a variety of products, from hair care, make-up, body and skin care
  • Curated to match personalized profile
  • Cruelty free, non-toxic products, plant based products
  • Boxes ship in batches, between the 10th-20th of the month
  • Get 400 PV pont or $4 when you rate the items from that month’s box (this adds up quickly!!!Love this)
  • Once you try/test the products they can be purchased in the Petit Vour on-line shop
  • Every box includes an information card with details about the products featured, a beautiful picture/inspiring words, and may include discounts or free products with purchase.

Thank you for sending me this fabulous box to review.  Now let’s take a look at all the cruelty-free goodies inside.

Juice Beauty PHYTO-PIGMENTS Last Looks Cream Brush Full Size $25 in Sea Shell

This is such a pretty color- a bright pink.  Love that it is multi-tasking for lips, cheeks and even eyes to give a pop of color.  I even used this on my daughter’s lips and cheeks for her dance pictures.  Makes me feel good knowing I use safe products on myself and I can use on my daughter too.

This is my favorite item in the box, it is stashed in my purse.  So great that I can use it to add some color if I run out the door to quick, plus a mirror.  Win win.

NIU BODY Pina Colada Sugar Lip Polish Full Size $10

To tell you the truth I’m not a sugar lip polish fan because they are usually too drying for my lips.  However, this one was super gentle and smelled like coconut (pina colada for all you over 21 year olds).  So lovely and my lips felt super soft after.  Made with sugar to gently exfoliate and rich oils to moisturize.

Suntegrity Skincare Vanish Organic Cleansing Oil $8/Full Size $32

This oil helps take off make-up and sun block.  It is gentle and smells super yummy (just like all of their products).  I wouldn’t mind a full size of this beauty (I also need to get some more Suntegrity Sun Block, my entire family uses the body sunblock).  Made with certified organic olive, jojoba, sunflower and camellia oils.

Suntegrity products are so lovely, effective and made without harsh chemicals and smell good.

Andalou Naturals Face Cream Pod $3.29/Full Size $25

A creaming Night Repair sample.  The cream is silky and absorbs quickly.  Made with fruit stem complex, resveratrol Q10 and super antioxidants to help tone and texture over night for fewer lines and soft skin.

Bottom Line

This 5th Anniversary box is the epitome of Petit Vour.  Always high value, quality cruelty free beauty products every month.  Happy 5 years Petit Vour and to many more.

What was your favorite item this month?

To subscribe click here.

“The best things in life are cruelty-free”

[Disclaimer:  GPB received this box for review, contains affiliate links, all opinions are my own]

Events, Information

INDIE BEAUTY EXPO- DALLAS 2017-My first time

I was super excited to find out The Indie Beauty Expo or IBE was going to be in Dallas, Texas.  I immediately started researching what brands would be there and how I was going to go (thank goodness my mom was coming into town so she could watch my daughter :))  The IBE hits Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, and London in 2018.

Indie Beauty Expo

Indie Beauty Expo (IBE) was founded by celebrity esthetician, Jillian Wright, and entrepreneur, Nader Naeymi-Rad.

The Indie Beauty Expo was established to help the fast-growing category of indie brands connect to Buyers, Press and Consumers. Unsatisfied with the options available, Jillian and Nader formed IBE to provide a solution specific to market-ready indie brands.

IBE’s mission is to:


What is Indie Beauty?

IBE is a three day event.  However, there are specific days made for Brands, Buyers, Press and Shoppers.  First day is Connect Indie for indie entrepreneurs, second day Shop Indie and third day is Trade Indie.

I attended the second day called SHOP INDIE, which is open to the public.  Where shoppers, bloggers can mingle with the brand owners, find some Instagram friends and shop.


General Admission $29.99/$23 early bird.

Includes entry to event, free IBE tote bag, open bar and access to presentations/workshops and exclusive deals and discounts from brands.

VIP Ticket $99/$79 early bird

This is what I got and so worth it.  Includes all General Admission, plus rapid check-in through VIP lane, free tote bag packed with samples (lots of them- more on that below), open bar, priority seating at presentations/panels and access to VIP lounge.


There were so many incredible brands, about 70 exhibitors from Fitglow Beauty, Au Naturale Cosmetics, Vital Proteins and so many more.

Fitglow Beauty

I was so happy to finally meet the beauty and brains behind Fitglow Beauty, Anna.  She is so knowledgeable about safe skin care and make- up with her incredible luxury clean beauty line.  Plus, she’s beautiful inside and out.  I sampled the Vital Active Oil and next thing you know I bought it and I’m so thankful I did because my skin has looked so good adding this beauty to my routine.  It was so great talking to her and finding out about her new products too (they have already been released now, lip serums and Good Lash Mascara)


These are things I wish I would have done prior to IBE and what I learned after attending:

  • Research: the brands/founders and ingredients of products I wanted to try/buy.  There were over 70 brands at Dallas IBE and so many great brands.  Plus the brands are not all green beauty.  It was a little overwhelming even though I did research some of the brands prior to going.
    • Questions:  figured out what questions I wanted to ask the founders or about the brand and products.
  • Eat/Water/Snacks:  wish I would have had dinner (I was starving).  At least I brought snacks, thank you Amanada Organic Bunny for this tip- but I only brought Cocomels which are super yummy but I not quite dinner,  and I brought Harmless Organic Coconut water.  They do have a bar with water and drinks available for $, or 2 free with VIP ticket.  I got some water and gave my drink tickets away.
  • Wear:  comfortable clothes and shoes.  Bring a jacket just in case you get cold (It was super windy that night in Texas and I wore a little black dress without a jacket of course)
  • Pictures/Videos:  take lots of pictures/videos of the venue, event, founders/booths, products.  Even though I thought I took a lot of pictures and photos I found out too late that I barely took any (too late of course, after I left the event)
  • Business Cards:  if only I had business cards with me or something with my name how to get in touch with all the great people I met.  I had a few people ask me for a card and I didn’t have any (insert sad face here)
  • Samples/Testing:  test all the products interested in and/or ask for samples.  They give you a cute IBE tote when you check in for all the goodies you buy or for sample
  • Money:  bring some and/or start saving up (budget) before the event because there were special deals (discounts baby) or products at the event.  I wish I would have saved up more money, but, is it ever enough?
  • Flower Crown:  these were gorgeous.  I ordered one when I first got there for my daughter, but by the time I went to get my crown I was told I had to go wait back in the line and it was one of the longest lines.  So I decided not to get one.  My fault I waited too long.
  • VIP bag: a must have.  So glad I was a VIP- just look at the goodie bag I got at the end of the night (WOW-I could barely get it in one picture so I took a few)




Bottom Line

If you get a chance to go to any of the Indie Beauty Expos just DO IT!  It  was so great meeting the founders, some bloggers and getting to see the products, actually testing them before you buy.  Also, if you can swing it, the VIP package was amazing.  Make sure to get the early bird special to save some money.

Hope to see you at the Indie Beauty Expo sometime.

Have you been to IBE before?  Are you going to IBE in the future?


~Indie Beauty Expo