Pacifica Beauty Vegan Skincare and Makeup Review

Hello lovelies! Today I wanted to share with you my thoughts on a big Pacifica haul I got a couple of weeks ago!

Does this ever happen to you where all of a sudden you run out of all of your beauty products all at once? Yeah, I had a minor freak-out moment when I hit the bottom of my Sunday Riley Enzyme Water Cream and my Fresh Soy-Face Cleanser in the same day! Yikes!

Anyways, a re-stock was desperately needed and I also wanted to dive into some more budget-friendly drugstore items. Thus Pacifica was discovered!

You can find Pacifica at Target, Ulta, or on their website and let me tell you I have fallen in love with this brand! They are a 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and natural brand and they describe themselves as “…the most innovative, creative natural beauty brand on the market with a full range of cosmetics, perfumes and skin care. Brook has elevated natural beauty with her unwillingness to accept substandard performance in natural products and has made it her personal mission to uplevel the perception of natural beauty products.”

Their products are super affordable, the packaging is unbelievably fun and cheerful, and the efficacy of the products is I would say at the level of high-end brands. (This post is not sponsored by the way, I purchased all the items myself and I’m not being compensated for my opinions.)

So here is what I purchased:

  • Kale Detox Deep Cleaning Face Wash
  • Quinoa Sensitive Super Gentle Face Wash
  • Coconut Probiotic Water Rehab Cream
  • Pore Refine Deep Detox Mask
  • Solar Complete Color Mineral Palette
  • Stunning Brows Eyebrow Gloss and Set
  • Well Conditioned One Step-Gentle Cleanser & Conditioner
  • Tahitian Gardenia Body Butter

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Needless to say I was VERY excited when this giant box of goodies came in the mail!

But enough chit-chat let’s get to why you’re here and talk about how great (or not so great) these products are!

Kale Detox Deep Cleaning Face Wash ($10):

I have been using this face wash every night with my Clarisonic and let me tell you it gets you CLEAN. It foams up really nicely and you feel like your face gets a deep clean without being stripped of all moisture by the time you’re done. It is fortified with kale, seaweed, mangosteen, and coconut water so you feel like you’re actually doing your skin some good while you’re cleansing! I will definitely be repurchasing this one!

 

Quinoa Sensitive Super Gentle Face Wash ($10):

This has replaced my Fresh Soy Face Cleanser in the mornings and I have to say it works just as well if not better! This one is fortified with quinoa, calendula, and aloe and foams up really nicely. I notice that my skin is calm, smooth, and balanced after I use it and it is a perfect step to prep your skin for skincare and makeup. The fragrance is also very light and pleasant for first thing in the morning!

 

Coconut Probiotic Water Rehab Cream ($15):

I have to admit, I am absolutely in LOVE with the Sunday Riley Enzyme Water Cream, but at $65 a jar it is a luxury I can’t always justify. This cream by Pacifica though, is a very close dupe. It is deeply moisturizing with hyaluronic acid and coconut but is very light and absorbs quickly so there is no residue left on your skin. It has been perfect at balancing out my combination skin. The only thing this cream doesn’t do that Sunday Riley does is brighten and exfoliate with the enzymes. But hey at a quarter of the price I’ll take it!

 

Pore Refine Deep Detox Mask ($18):

I expected this mask to be a clay mask when I purchased it but it is actually a peel! It uses a cocktail of konjac root, strawberry, cactus, and tomato to mattify your skin while deeply cleansing your pores and smoothing any texture. I’ve been using this mask 3 times a week and I have noticed a tremendous difference in the size of my pores and the uneven texture I have on my cheeks! It is great for keeping those little blackheads at bay and I feel like it tightens my skin.

 

Solar Complete Color Mineral Palette ($32): 

So this guy was an impulse buy as I certainly do not need another palette, but the colors in this set are gorgeous and I wanted to test out some of Pacifica’s makeup products. I will start off by saying that the eyeshadows in this palette are awesome! They are super smooth, easy to blend, and highly pigmented, I would highly recommend. The blush and bronzer are not quite the right shades for my skin tone, so I was a little disappointed that the palette only comes in one shade. Now, the highlighters. The colors are beautiful, but the formula is absolutely awful. I was giddy with excitement as I swiped my finger over the highlighter and applied it to my cheekbones, but then I literally said out loud, “where’s the color?”.  They are not pigmented at all even if you layer! I was so disappointed because you get 3 colors of highlight and all of them were unusable. Now I am a person that loves an intense glowing highlight, so if you’re looking for the subtlest of glows I would say that you might be able to get these highlighters to work for you, I personally would never use them though. Overall I would say avoid this palette and buy the eyeshadows separately and save your money.

 

Stunning Brows Eyebrow Gloss and Set ($14):

I’ve been obsessed with Glossier’s Boy Brow and this is a perfect alternate for it! For about the same price you get twice as much product, and the product gives you bold beautiful brows in 30 seconds or less. The wand is super easy to use and big so that you can quickly fill in your brows. And the formula is great in that it doesn’t flake, dry out, or smudge once it’s dry! I would absolutely recommend!

 

Well Conditioned One Step Gentle Cleanser & Conditioner ($16):

I’ve been co-washing my hair for about 6 months and I’m never looking back. My hair is super thick and dry and co-washing has made my strands so much happier. This co-wash smells like passionfruit (YUM!) and gets my hair super clean and super moisturized in 5 minutes! I absolutely love this product and will be repurchasing.

 

Tahitian Gardenia Body Butter ($15):

I received this as a free sample with my order but I will be purchasing a full size when I run out! The fragrance on this body butter is divine. It’s floral without smelling like your grandma’s house and it’s sweet without making you want to vomit, it’s the perfect happy medium. The formula is wonderfully hydrating without leaving you feeling greasy and like you can’t turn a door knob afterwards. 5 stars on this one!

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And there you have it! I hope you found this post helpful if you were on the fence about any of these products or that it inspired you to try out natural and cruelty-free skincare! I’ve also reviewed Herbivore Botanicals and some LUSH products, both of which are natural and cruelty-free as well! ❤

Thanks for stopping by and let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these or if you have any other skincare buys that you love and can’t live without!

 

xoxo

Lush Review: 9 to 5, Ultrabland, and Enzymion


If you have ever been into a Lush boutique you KNOW how addictive their products are. I absolutely adore that they stand for no animal testing, all of their packaging is recycled or non-existent, and most of their products are vegan!

Some of my favorites are: Rose Queen bath bomb, Mint-Julips lip scrub, Sunnyside bubble bar, and the Charity Pot lotion.

Bonus tip: if you bring back 5 clean black tubs (they’re clearly marked which ones qualify) you get a free face mask of your choice!

I had always loved their body products, so I figured why not try out their facial skincare!

I’ll start with the Ultrabland Cleanser ($30):

from lush.com

from lush.com

This stuff is RICH. It’s a super thick formula that you massage onto dry skin and then wipe off with a washcloth or cotton pad. It was a serious adjustment getting used to the indulgent nature of this product. I will say that it was a lifesaver during the harsh winter here in London; it gave my skin a protective barrier that locked in moisture like a pro. It also didn’t make me break out or make my oily zones any worse.

It removes makeup fairly well and I would highly recommend for people with really dry skin in need of replenishment.

Pros: moisturizing, calming, indulgent, 1 tub lasts about a month.

Cons: a bit heavy, doesn’t give you a “clean feeling”

9 to 5 Cleansing Lotion ($22):

from lush.com

from lush.com

After using the Ultrabland cleanser I wanted to try something lighter as the weather got warmer in London. The 9 to 5 cleanser uses the same method of cleansing by massaging it into dry skin and then removing with a cotton pad. This formula is much lighter and almost disappears into your skin after you massage it. The fragrance is lovely and light and again it didn’t seem to make me break out but still gave my skin a bit of hydration.

However it DOES NOT remove makeup very well i.e. I had to cleanse 2x and then swipe my face with witch hazel before it got everything off.

Pros: light, hydrating, good fragrance.

Cons: doesn’t remove makeup well.

Enzymion Moisturizer ($40):

from lush.com

from lush.com

This was one of my favorite facial products from Lush. It is light but still gives my skin a ton of moisture without feeling heavy. It  did a great job of healing any zits that would pop up and I did feel like it brightened my complexion. I also loved that it included ingredients like fresh lemon and papaya juice, tangerine oil, and cocoa butter.

My only qualms with this bad boy is that my face did get pretty slick by mid-day and the tiny tub doesn’t last very long if you use it twice a day. At $40 a tub that adds up pretty fast.

Pros: light, moisturizing, clears complexion.

Cons: mid-day grease, expensive, doesn’t last long.

There you have it! I hope you found these reviews helpful in your quest for your perfect skincare routine.

What Lush products are your must-haves?

xoxo

(This is NOT a sponsored post and I received no compensation from Lush.)