Tag Archives: review

Review: Petit Vour October 2015

Petit Vour OctPetit Vour is the first subscription box that really lured me in. It’s a vegan beauty box, and I like that it’s only $15 a month. This is the third box I’ve gotten and I’ve been pretty happy with it so far. Petit Vour OctThe art work is super cute. I have the card from August on my desk, and I think I’m going to frame it.

This month has a face cleanser, eye oil, sleep oil, and nail polish.

Petit Vour Oct

Ursa Major Face Wash

I haven’t used the face wash yet. Actually, the last two boxes also came with face wash, and I’m still working on them. I have a face wash I normally use that’s for our hard water, so these are kind of accumulating.

Petit Vour Oct

Petit Vour Oct

Hana Organics Eye Oil

The eye oil smells nice and isn’t heavy. I’ve been using it once a day for the past few days.

Petit Vour Oct

Essence of Vali

This sleep oil has essential oils of lavender, marjoram, cedarwood and ylang/ylang. It smells great and I’ve been putting it on my pillow the past two nights. I really like it and I wish they would’ve included a bigger sample.

Petit Vour Oct

Habit Nail Polish

I didn’t think I was going to like the nail polish shade, Disco, but it turned out great. I has great coverage and dries super quick. I don’t know about the myrrh actually having any benefits since I put my go-to base coat (Zoya) down like it said to. I really really like how the polish went on, and I didn’t use a top coat or any fast drying oil and it hasn’t chipped yet. I think this would be my new favorite nail polish brand if it wasn’t $18…yes $18 a bottle.
Petit Vour Oct
Value of the box

I’ve been happy with the value of Petit Vour boxes. My biggest fear with subscription boxes is wasting money on things you don’t like or that don’t work for you. I’m especially cautious with beauty boxes because coconut oil makes me break out and it seems like coconut oil is in every beauty product. So far, I’ve been able use everything. Petit Vour has mostly high end products, which is nice because you can try out a premium product for cheap, but at the same time, if you like it, you’re hooked on a pricey product.

Petit Vour Oct

Petit Vour Oct

Petit Vour Oct Petit Vour Oct

NuZest Vegan Protein {Review}

NuZest Clean Lean Protein
I’m a bit of a sucker for vegan protein powders. I started with whey (yuck) before I was vegan because I thought I needed more protein and kind of fell for the “healthy” marketing. Now, I realize that I get enough protein in my regular diet, but I like to make shakes for breakfast because they’re delicious and keep me full for a while. I also like to add a few scoops of protein powder to homemade pancakes and waffles to bump up the protein we eat at breakfast. And of course it makes me feel like I’m being healthier when I make a mug cake and use protein in place of regular flour.

My usual go to protein was always Sun Warrior, but I’ve also branched out to Vega, Orgain Organic (gotta make sure you get the plant based one because they also have whey ones), and other hemp and soy powders that I don’t remember the brand names of.

I recently got a few free samples of NuZest, a new (to the US) soy free, dairy free, GMO free, and gluten free protein powder. I was really excited to try these, and I wanted to try them in the different ways I usually use protein powder.

strawberry

Texture

I mixed the strawberry and cappuccino in a shaker cup (on two different days, not together), and they are by far the smoothest powders I’ve ever had. Actually, I’ve never had a protein powder that I could just shake and drink, usually I shake it and then whisk it to get the clumps out. This was totally smooth. I made the chocolate in a blender with peanut butter and frozen bananas and obviously had no issues with clumping or it being gritty.

I used the vanilla in a mug cake and it wasn’t gritty at all. It fluffed up just like normal flour would.

mugCakeIngredients


mugCake1mugCake

Taste

The strawberry tasted like strawberry milk but without the overly sweet, fake strawberry flavor. I was both nervous and excited for that one and purposely tried it with just almond milk in a shaker. I was pleasantly surprised.

I was really looking forward to the cappuccino one because I haven’t had coffee at all this year, and I kind of miss the flavor. It was good but not as strong as I was hoping for. I did dilute it more than the directions said though, so that was probably my own fault. I used 16oz of cashew milk instead of 12oz.

The vanilla was also good. It kind of had a super sweet vanilla flavor (but not bad) similar to other vanilla protein powders. It was awesome in a mug cake with chocolate chips.

I made the chocolate in a blender with peanut butter and frozen bananas. Somehow I missed taking a picture (probably because it was so good and I just wanted to drink it all), and it was delicious.

Ingredients and Nutrition

The ingredients are probably the most important part (along with taste) and they all seem to check out. There aren’t any weird ingredients, artificial colors, or flavors. There’s barely any measured sugar (0g in the plain, and 0.17g in the chocolate).and it gets it’s sweetness from Thaumatin, a protein from an African fruit. (I only looked it up because they were definitely sweet, but no sugar is listed in the ingredients anywhere.)

nutrition

There are between 90-100 calories in a serving and between 20-22 grams of protein, which is pretty good for a vegan protein. There are less than 2 carbs in a serving, and a very small amount of  fat less than .5g. Sodium is a little higher than similar proteins, but nothing too crazy.

amino profile

I don’t know a lot about Amino Acid profiles, but I know that it can be difficult to make sure you get the right combination. This protein has all 9 Essential Amino Acids , plus 9 others.

Price

It’s definitely one of the higher end vegan protein powders available, but it’s about the same price ($45 for 500g) that  I started buying Sun Warrior when I first found it. Hopefully, after it’s been out for a while, the price will come down a bit. It’s definitely a good buy for the ingredients (and lack of crappy ingredients), the taste, and the texture.

Victoria’s Secret Sport Bra & Leggings Review

I’ve gotten a few VoxBoxes from Influenster*, and this was the one I was most excited for. I received a Victoria’s Secret Sport Standout bra and the Knockout High Rise Capris. Honestly, ever since trying their new sports bras a couple months ago, these are the only ones I’ll wear now.  I hadn’t yet tried the other sport clothing (Pink yoga pants are one of my favorites).

VS Sport

The bra is great because it’s really supportive, but without making you feel like you can’t breathe. It’s also not a struggle to get on and off. The biggest plus is probably the support, but I also love that it’s lightly lined and gives you a feminine shape.VS Sport

The pants are awesome quality. They’re thick, but breathable and stretchy. I really like the high waist and the drawstring that’s hidden. And even though I haven’t used it yet, I also really like the hidden pocket. I pretty much wear them all day, every day. I was really digging the athletic wear from Target, but now after trying these, my Target pants feel thin and stretched out. These feel like nicer and higher quality material.

VS Sport
VS Sport
VS SportGenerally for yoga I wear a cami top with built in bra, but the Victoria’s Secret Sport bra has been invaluable for handstands and inversions (if you know what I mean…).
VS Sport
VS Sport(*Influenster is a program that sends you products to try and review. You take a survey, and they match up the best products that fit with your lifestyle. Let me know if you’d like an invite. This is a sponsored blog post. Influenster provided me with complimentary Victoria’s Secret products to test and review as part of a contest.)
VS Sport

 What is your favorite brand of athletic wear?