Review — Serum by 6 Sassy Sistas, Free Coupon Code

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Note: I was given samples of a few scents of the product in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own.

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Update: 6 Sassy Sistas is now certified by PETA as both cruelty-free and vegan!

I hate reviewing bad products. Not only because I’m obligated to try it a few times to give it a fair chance, but also because I have to write a pitiful review. And that makes me sad. So, when companies reach out to me for a product review, especially small, new companies, I secretly cross my fingers that it doesn’t suck.

6 Sassy Sistas’ serum doesn’t suck.

In fact, the tiny company is a godsend after my struggle with awful allergic reactions earlier this month. Read my review to see why I have so much love for this little company.

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The Veg Verdict — 6 Sassy Sistas Serum

Product:
4/5

I love this product for a few reasons. It is cruelty-free, vegan, and completely natural (the real kind of natural that means you can recognize all the ingredients, not the “almost kinda sort natural!” pasted onto chemicals with coconut oil.) I also love it because I know my eyes won’t swell shut, so I guess that’s a perk.

Its ingredients are simple: olive oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, argan oil, avocado oil.

That’s it. If, “Pft, well I could make that …” was your first thought, I understand because it was mine too. But I’ve tried making moisturizers before, and let me tell you, it is not easy to perfect the proportions. Just imagine yourself in a bathroom with globby oils everywhere, weighing things out like a high school chemist. It’s not going to turn out well.

6 Sassy Sistas has taken all the good stuff and found the perfect proportions. That is the 6 Sassy Sistas secret. (Now say that 5x fast.)

I was afraid to use the serum on my face as a moisturizer or as makeup remover because I have oily skin, but I might try that if I’m feeling gutsy in the future. However, I did use it on the dry patches (ezcema/psoriasis) on my elbows and legs, and it worked beautifully. Not only did I notice a difference in softness, but it felt light. I’m excited to try it next as a deep conditioning treatment.

The 6 Sassy Sistas website says that it can be also used for shaving, mixed with carrier oils, as an exfoliant when mixed with coffee grinds, sugar, or salt, or to moisturize dry footsies (okay, those are my words; but seriously, I can’t say the word “feet.” Shudders.)

Plus, the packaging is cute. It reminds me of a girlier, homemade Jones Soda sticker.

If you want more from the serum than its moisturizing properties, they also offer their product in a bunch of different scents like Whipped Vanilla and Ooey Gooey Caramel. Here are the few I tried:

Fragrance-Free:
5/5

No scent, no problem.

Girls Night Out — Blueberry Blast:
1/5

Remember those cheap, little lip balms you could buy from the machines inside the women’s restrooms in restaurants and movie theaters? No? What about blueberry Lipsmackers from the 90s? That is what this smelled like. I suppose this scent reminded me less of a night out with the girls and more of making Shrinky Dinks in my Easy-Bake Oven.

Laid Back Lavender — Lavender:
4/5

Sourced from natural essential oils, I loved laid back lavender. Then again, I love lavender anything. This scent would be perfect for a relaxing Valentine’s Day massage.

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way — Crisp Green Apple
3/5

If blueberry was a bad blast to the past, green apple is a happy one. It reminds me of a Bath & Body Works scent I used as a kid, but it’s still light enough to use as an adult if I’m feeling quirky or playful. This one was also my roommate’s favorite.

Can’t pick a scent? Try the Variation Pack for a deal on 6 different travel spritzers of your choosing.

Though I haven’t smelled it, I imagine the Men’s Cologne Scent would be a sweet natural Valentine’s Day gift.

Price:
4/5

12 oz. $34
6 oz $23
Travel Spritzer $10

I know what it looks like. $34 for a bottle of oil? It seems pricey, but you have to remember that some of its ingredients, like argan and avocado oil, would be expensive to purchase yourself. (This 2 oz bottle of argan oil costs $22.50 on Amazon, for comparison. Two. Ounces.) Also, because you’re purchasing a product made completely of oils, a little goes a long way. You really only need a dab if you were to use it as makeup remover or a deep conditioner; a 12 oz. bottle would last you a very long time.

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Review — Pacifica Coco Pure Makeup Wipes, Stellar Gaze Mascara, and Power of Love Lipstick

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Finding vegan-friendly, natural makeup that a. doesn’t suck, and b. doesn’t eat half my paycheck is like finding a needle in a haystack. In fact, if it were the 1600s, I’m sure the phrase would’ve been coined quite differently — maybe along the lines of “finding good vegan makeup in an omnivore society.” Okay, so maybe it doesn’t have the same ring to it … annnnyways

I actually found Pacifica on accident.

For the last month or so, I’ve been having these awful allergic reactions; they come complete with puffy eyelids and a lovely red rash. But, after a full day of paranoid Googling, I think I found my allergen: Methylisothiazolinone. Try saying that five times. Or once, even.

Apparently, the synthetic preservative is being used in myraid natural products so they can advertise “paraben free!” Not being a paraben might be the only thing Methyl-whatever has going for it. So many people are having reactions to the chemical that it was named top allergen in 2013. Methyl-whatcha-ma-callit can be found in a slew of common household items, from detergent to dish soap, and sometimes even makeup.

After washing all of my clothes and sheets, and going Ghostbusters on any product in suspect, I got a whole lot better. I have an allergy appointment scheduled to confirm just in case.

With my newfound allergy knowledge in hand, it was time to do what I do best: Shop at Target. I came for dish soap (Honest Company makes a Methyl-whatever free one, if you were wondering), but found myself in the makeup aisle. Target will do things like that to ya.

It was there that I stumbled upon Pacifica: a natural, cruelty-free, vegan product company.

And the 3 products I chose: the Coco Pure Makeup-Removing Wipes, Stellar Gaze mascara, and Power of Love Lipstick, were all free from my allergen nemesis. Read on to see what I loved and what was just so-so.

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The Veg Verdict — Pacifica

Coco Pure Makeup-Removing Wipes


Product:
4/5
Not going to lie, it was the 90s packaging on the Coco Pure Makeup-Removing Wipes that gave me googly eyes. However, what was in the packaging didn’t disappoint either. When I use the wipes to take my eye makeup off, it does burn a little bit; however, it’s likely this is because my eyelids are already a bit raw and sensitive from my allergies. The slight burning doesn’t last, and they leave my skin feeling clean. Plus, let’s be real, who always has time to wash their makeup off before bed? With these handy wipes, I have no excuse not to. Now my skin is clearer than ever, and I’m able to wear only a dab of tinted moisturizer and feel confident.

Price:
3/5
If $6.99 (at Target) seems steep, think about it this way: You’re paying less than a quarter per wipe. Not bad. Plus, no animals were harmed.

 

Stellar Gaze Mascara, Brown Stardust

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Product:
2/5
My first mistake was not realizing I was buying a brown mascara. However, too lazy to return the goods, I gave Brown Stardust a shot — I mean, how couldn’t I, with a name that made me feel like a faerie?

To my shock, I don’t despise the color. It defines my lashes while keeping my look natural. What I dislike are its not-so-lovely lady clumps and how, by the end of the day, the mascara gets kind flaky and pieces end up in my eyes. At least it’s natural?

Price:
2/5
$13.99 (at Target) is a standard price for a good mascara, but this mascara is just okay. However, I might pay that price to try their water-resistant mascara, Aquarian Gaze.

 

Power of Love Lipstick — Super Love


Product:

3/5
The first thing I note with a good lipstick is its texture, and this one fit the bill. The Power of Love lipstick was smooth and creamy, yet didn’t smear across my face when I took a sip of water. (Or does that only happen to me?) Plus, the ingredients made me feel good about applying it.

So, with such cute packaging and smooth application, I had high hopes for this lipstick. It’s actually not the lipstick that I don’t love, it’s the color. Although it’s not immediately apparent in the above photos, the lipstick had an orangey coral hue to it, especially after it started fading throughout the day. Still, I gave it a 3/5 because I loved everything about the makeup minus the color, and, hey, maybe you’re more of a coral person than I am. Despite being a mermaid, I’m used to darker lipsticks. I’m excited to try the color “Sweet One.”

Price:
5/5
$9.99 (at Target) is dangerously cheap for this lipstick. Seriously. Just go buy it already.

 

What’s your favorite Pacifica product?