November 24, 2012

Heritage Store Rosewater & Glycerin

Right now I am mildly obsessed with products that come in spray bottles. This sounds quite silly, but I love the convenience and ease of use of products that can be spritzed. For the face, they can easily be used for even coverage, and can be sprayed on top of foundation without messing up your makeup. That makes them a lot more versatile that things in squirt bottles, okay?

With that said, I am loving Heritage Store's Rosewater & Glycerin at the moment! It is a classic, inexpensive product that contains three simple ingredients: water, vegetable glycerin and hydroessential rose oil. Glycerin is a humectant that attracts moisture to your skin, and rose oil provides a crisp, girly scent.

I posted a popular toner recipe that has these ingredients plus witch hazel, but you can also skip the witch hazel with this product and it becomes less of a toner and smells much better! This is a super versatile and refreshing spray that I find myself reaching for all of the time. It's a nice "pick-me-up" and has a rose scent that isn't too strong or irritating. Here are some of the uses I've found for it:

  • Great as a setting spray over makeup. This is especially nice if you face feels too dry from powder, and gives a nice finish.
  • A light moisturizer and refresher for thirsty skin. This would also be really nice in the summer when you don't want to put anything heavy on your face.
  • Spritz on after cleansing and before moisturizing to make thick moisturizers spread a bit easier.
  • As a light perfume on your pulse points.
  • Anywhere on your body that needs a little moisture boost.

Do you use Rosewater & Glycerin? What uses have you found for it?

Ingredients: Vor-Mag Water (water that has been vortexed and magnetized to raise the energy to a higher vibration that we believe to be more beneficial), natural vegetable glycerine and hydroessential rose oil. (That Vor-Mag info sounds a bit nutty, doesn't it? Anyone have any real evidence of it's effectiveness?)

Where to buy: $6.69 for 8 oz on Vitacost. A smaller, more travel friendly 4 oz size is also available for $4.09.

Disclosure: Contains affiliate links.

November 15, 2012

Silk Naturals Bronzers

It's practically winter now, but that doesn't mean you can't have a summery bronze glow! Today I am bringing you, as promised, a review of the Silk Naturals bronzers. I am on the constant hunt for the best natural bronzing products, and since I'm a huge fan of the brand's eyeshadows, I decided to give their bronzers a try. The shades I got are Malibu Miss, Beach Bunny, Hula Honey and Tahiti Sweetie, and these are all of the ones they offer.

I have a lot of good things to say about these bronzers, I really think a lot of thought got put into formulating the color range. Each shade is very wearable and comes off naturally. None are too orange, and have a very sheer finish that blends right in with your skin. There is also a great range of colors that can work for many different skin tones. I also love that some are dupes for mainstream products.

Malibu Miss is their lightest color, and has a matte finish. I think the color is slightly lighter and more yellow toned that it looks in the picture on the website. I shied away from this color for a long time after I ordered it because I thought it would be too golden for my cool skin tone, and so matte it might look flat. I was wrong on both counts. It easily blends in with my skin tone, and I would describe the finish as semi-matte. It has a sheen to it that looks more natural than a flat matte color, but definitely no shimmer. Those who are so pale that they can't normally wear bronzer will probably really like this shade. I think it would also be great for lighter Asian skin tones. I have not seen any other brands with a color like this, so I highly recommend it.

Beach Bunny is another color that is good for fair skin tones. It is called a companion color for Malibu Miss on the website, and the two look great together. But Beach Bunny is also darker and less golden. I am fair with freckles, not ultra porcelain, and this is my perfect shade. It has some shimmer to it, but it is not too apparent on the face. I can use this for all over color, as a blush, or for contouring even though it is not matte. This is a really great shade for perking up your complexion and adding a subtle glow. I recommend this one for those of you on the fairer side.

Hula Honey is a shade that is supposed to be similar to Bare Minerals Faux Tan but less red. Faux Tan is probably the best bronzer I've ever used, so I was excited about this one. The color is deeper than Beach Bunny but also slightly shimmery. I do really like it, but probably not quite as much as Faux Tan, because that red undertone is what made it look so much like a natural tan. This is still a great option for  fair skin tones that want some extra color,  or for medium and tan complexions.

Tahiti Sweetie is Silk Naturals' dupe for Benefit's Hoola. I used to own that bronzer and really enjoyed it, it's a classic shade that a lot of people love. As far as I can remember, this is a very similar color. It is a real brown shade with no orange at all. It is very matte, so I think this is the ultimate contouring shade. This would be great for all over color for medium and tan skin tones, but don't be afraid of it if you are fairer. With a light hand and some blending this could look great on most complexions.

I do have a couple comments about the size of the product. I think it should come in a bigger container than the 10 gram jars because people tend to need a larger quantity of face product. I have been going through this stuff fairly fast because of the size. For comparison, these containers are actually the same size as Alima Pure and Everyday Minerals eyeshadows. The other issue with this size is that the lid is too small to fit a face brush into, so I have to use an old Everyday Minerals lid. Neither of these issues is a deal breaker for me because the price reflects the small size, and using another lid is just not the biggest deal in the word. But it would be nice if the company came out with a larger size.

Besides my issue with size, Silk Naturals has some more winning products here! If you are looking for an affordable bronzer that both looks and is natural, I suggest giving these a try.

Ingredients: Mica, Silica, Iron Oxides. Beach Bunny and Tahiti Sweetie also contain silk powder. 

Where to buy: $6.50 at Samples are also available for $1.25.

**And P.S. if you use your bronzer all over, you NEED this brush.

November 5, 2012

Real Purity Health Glow Foundation Review

I was recently offered the chance to try a product from Joy of Natural Joy Beauty. I'd come across her site before, and had been admiring the handpicked selection of natural products, most of which can't be found on the usual vitamin and high end natural sites. As soon as Joy contacted me I knew I wanted to try one of the foundations she offers. Since going natural, I haven't been too into foundation because many liquid products don't meet my ingredients standards, and I just was never into loose mineral powders. 

I am super impressed with both the performance and ingredients of this product. Because it goes all over your face, foundation is one of those items that you want to trust every ingredient in, and this one has a very short, clean ingredients list. The idea behind it is simple yet refreshing: instead of cramming a product full of preservatives so that it can last for years on your shelf, the foundation contains basic natural ingredients and needs to use it up in a a reasonable amount of time. The website recommends 6-9 months, easily enough time to go through the container. 

As for performance, the foundation gives a nice natural looking finish. When applied correctly, it does not look like you are wearing anything at all. I would describe the coverage as light to medium, depending on how much you use. It easily covers redness and unevenness. One of the things that sold me on this foundation is that it really absorbs into your skin and dries to a soft finish. That makes it easy to layer, and also means that it sets on its own without powder. That's one less step and one less layer on your skin! 

Here are some tips that make this product really work its best:

-A dense synthetic kabuki brush is essential for applying this foundation in my opinion. This makes the coverage much more even than a paddle foundation brush or with fingers. This foundation can get streaky if it's not applied correctly or if too much is used.
-If you have dry skin, I recommend moisturizing or spritzing a toner over your face before applying. A little toner or setting spray on top can also help if your skin is dry. It's not a foundation that will dry out your skin, but it can feel a bit dry.
-This product sets nicely and lasts a long time on it's own without a powder. If you want the fuller coverage or extra wear, a powder can be applied over, but the finish won't be quite as natural.

The foundation is fragrance free and has a really mild neutral smell. The simple ingredients also make it less likely to react with your skin. It contains non-nano Zinc Oxide and is SPF 15, a nice added benefit. The packaging is a convenient squirt top, making it easy to apply directly to the face or to put on the back of your hand to buff into a brush first.

Here's what the texture looks like. It's pretty liquidy.

If you are in need of a foundation with exceptional ingredients and don't need too much coverage, this is a great option!

Where to buy: $23.99 from Natural Joy Beauty. Samples are also available for 99 cents.

Ingredients: Distilled Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Kaolin Clay, Rice Bran Oil, Iron Oxides, Zinc Oxide. No nanoparticles and SPF 15!

*press sample
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