February 24, 2013

Solar Recover Save Your Skin

If you've watched iluvjesse444's channel, you've might remember that she has raved many times about Solar Recover's Save Your Hair. When I checked out Solar Recover, I also found that their original product is called Save Your Skin. Save Your Skin is meant to help your skin quickly recover from sunburns. I hopefully won't have to test this product out for that purpose, because I am a fair redhead, who is cautious about preventing sunburns. But I was intrigued about using this as a light moisturizer. I've seen very few, if any, products that are water based and filled with essential oils, and I thought it was pretty unique. I figured I could basically use this as a face and body spray.

February 20, 2013

Everyday Minerals Carnauba Concealer

Recently, I decided to try out Everyday Minerals' foundation. Since I was already making an order, I threw their new-ish Carnauba Concealer in my cart as well. I had high expectations for it, because I loved the idea of the added wax, and expected it to make it a tad creamy. In the past, I have been super impressed with the incredible coverage of bareMinerals' powdered concealers, and figured that Everyday Minerals might make a comparable product. Unfortunately, I didn't think there was anything special about this concealer. 

I have two main issues with this product. One is that it just doesn't seem to give any more coverage than the foundation that Everyday Minerals makes. If that's the case, why even bother buying a separate concealer? I feel a bit duped. I was hoping this would have some extra pigmentation to really cover up spots, and instead it had the same medium coverage. It just doesn't have enough or pigmentation or ability to stick to cover a pimple well. I thought the Carnauba Wax would make it have a creamier consistency, but I really couldn't detect any discernible difference in texture. 

The other issue I have is the color range. There are two flesh toned colors, "Light" and "Medium" which are supposed to be universal. I found this to be too dark and peachy for my skin. If worn under foundation, as is recommended, this is less of a problem. But I don't like wearing concealer under my foundation, because I buff it in, which spreads out any concealer underneath. I'd prefer to put concealer on top, but this clashes with my skin tone too much to do that. It is also too dark to use under my eyes. Not to mention, I find it a bit far fetched that these are "universal". I have a very hard time imagining that those that have porcelain or dark skin tones would be able to use either of these colors. 

I wanted to love this concealer, but unfortunately I just don't think it performs very well. I noticed some of the ladies on Makeup Alley also had the same feelings as me. And for almost  $8, it's not a great value either. I feel like these concealers were made as kind of an afterthought to their foundations. I do really like Everyday Minerals Semi-Matte Base (review coming soon), so don't totally write EM off! However, I definitely recommend skipping over the unimpressive Carnauba Concealers.

Ingredients: Mica (CI 77019) Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

Where to buy: $7.99 at everydayminerals.com

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February 16, 2013

Current Rotation #1

Here's a little peek of what I'm currently loving. If I've already written a review on the product, it's linked. For products I haven't reviewed, I've included links where you can find them.

(1) Madison Street Beauty Aloe Airbrush Setting Powder: A nice, affordable basic setting powder. I've just stared using it, and I like it so far.

(2) Maia's Mineral Galaxy Blush in Misty Rose: One of the first natural products I've ever purchased. This is a nice light pinky shade, with a good amount of shimmer. It's perfect for fair skin tones. It is a little on the pricy side, and I'm not sure that I'd purchase it again knowing all the affordable options out there.

(3) Honeybee Gardens JobaColors Eyeliner in Smoking Gun: Love this eyeliner because it defines the eyes without looking to harsh. It has a light shimmer.

(4) Reviva Labs Mascara in Black: My favorite mascara, going on a year now! As I've been over before, despite what is listed, there are no parabens in this formula.

(5) rms beauty Cream Eyeshadow in Lunar: Can be used as a base for powder eyeshadows, as an all over lid color for light makeup days, or as a face highlight.

(6) Silk Naturals Eyeshadow in Bone: A very basic matte cream color. It is a great highlight or base for fair to medium skintones.

(7) Silk Naturals Eyeshadow in Aztec: A slightly shimmery warm tan, with a bit of a taupe undertone. This is super versatile and wearable for everyday.

(8) Silk Naturals Eyeshadow in Tailfeather: A super shimmery tan color, that almost has a bit of a grey undertone. It is neutral enough for day, but so sparkly it works well for night too.

(9) Silk Naturals Eyeshadow in Bareback: A really versatile matte neutral brown. I use this in my crease, or as a face contour.

(10) The All Natural Face Mineral Concealer in Salmon: I have just started using this to set undereye concealer, as a brow highlight, and to clean up the edges of my eyeshadow.

(11) Jane Iredale Corrective Colors (orange shade): amazing for covering up darkness under the eyes! It blends in perfectly, even with my fair skin.

(12) Jane Iredale Corrective Colors (beige shade): great for spots and on top of the orange shade for undereyes.

(13) Lucy Minerals Foundation in Light: I am currently using this little sample to set my concealer for spots. Once I get the full size, this will be my foundation on days when I need more coverage.

(14) Real Purity Health Glow Foundation: is my favorite liquid foundation. It has light to medium coverage, and sets on its own without powder.

(15) Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate: One of my favorite natural discoveries yet! An amazing sheer bronze liquid that can be mixed with your liquid foundation, or stippled on alone. It gives a nice hint of color and looks so natural.

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February 15, 2013

The Tangle Teezer

If you read many beauty blogs, especially British ones, this lil brush thing will look quite familiar to you. The Tangle Teezer is kind of a big deal right now. I decided to order one, just to give it a shot. I had horrible, awful tangles in my previously bleached hair, and I was afraid that if I didn't do anything about it soon I would get dreads (exaggerating a bit...).

Well fear not, I am not going to end up looking like Ras Trent! This thing really does work so well. One use and I was totally hooked. With just a few minutes and very little pain, the tangles that I couldn't tame for weeks were gone! I'm not exactly sure how this works, but I think the thin bristles have a lot of give, so they it doesn't yank excessively on tangles it can't separate. But a few more strokes through and it gets everything. It also only initially goes through thinner layer of hair than most regular brushes, if that makes sense. Regardless, the point is it works. Today I was just marveling at how easy it makes it to pull your hair back neatly.

I am so glad I didn't wait any longer to try out the Tangle Teezer. This is really a holy grail product, y'all. The only thing I don't like is that it is plastic, not green in any way. But I'm hoping this holds up for a long time, so it won't land up in a landfill. Other than that, I say, if you struggle to keep your hair combed out, do yourself a favor and treat yo self to a Tangle Teezer.

Lowest price found (for US): $9.99 at amazon.com

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February 14, 2013

Acure Facial Cleanser Gel with Superfruit + Chlorella Growth Factor

Many who love natural beauty like to cleanse with oils, honey or other soap-free face washes. But sometimes it can be hard to let go of the type of products you liked when you weren't au naturale. Acure Facial Cleanser Gel ($12.89 for 4 oz) is a product that's the perfect in-between. This is a cleanser for those who want everything out of a natural product that they would out of its mainstream counterpart, but don't want to settle for added synthetics. It is a foaming gel that cleans your face gently and thoroughly. It's also the most affordable soap-based cleanser with clean ingredients that I have seen yet.

February 11, 2013

Acure Brightening Facial Scrub with Sea Kelp + Chlorella Growth Factor

A couple months back I picked up this intriguing facial scrub from Acure, one of my favorite skincare lines. I'd heard great things about it from Hayley and others, and I was drawn to Acure's artful swirly green waves packaging. The names (or maybe subtitles?) of Acure's products often include some super science-y plant ingredients, and with this product it is easy to understand how these ingredients come together to make a perfect scrub. Walnut shells and sea kelp are the exfoliants, green clay and lemon peel clean the pores, and Chlorella Growth Factor stimulates new cell growth. Sounds the perfect combination for sloughing away dead cells and rejuvenating your skin, right? That's exactly what it does. Using this scrub instantly smoothes and brightens your face, and makes your skin feel super clean.

And I absolutely love how it feels, the level of abrasiveness is perfect. It's rough enough that its effective, but gentle enough not to irritate your skin. The scrub spreads easily onto your face, and washes off with minimal effort. The mud-like consistency gives it a spa feel, and I think the green color is fun. I find using it helps keep breakouts at bay, and is also nice to use on days when you have a lot of makeup to take off. I recommend only using it about once or twice a week, to avoid going overboard. Using it in the shower is extra nice, because the hot steam helps open up pores and allows the purifying green clay to do its thang.

This is the perfect option for anyone who wants a exfoliating product that has an high-end feel, with great ingredients and a reasonable price. Acure has really hit a home run with this one.

Ingredients: Organic Curoxidant Blend (Organic Euterpe oleracea (Acai) Berry, Organic Rubus fruticosus (Blackberry), Organic Rosa canina (Rosehips), Organic Punica granatum (Pomegranate), Fair Trade Certified Organic Aspalathus linearis (Rooibos)), Organic Calendula officinalis (Calendula), Organic Matricaria recutita (Chamomile), Organic Aloe Barbensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, French Green Clay, Organic Lemon Peel Granules, Saponified Organic Cocos nucifera (Coconut Oil), Cellulose Gum (Vegetable), Fair Trade Certified™ Organic Olea europaea (Olive Oil), Organic Ascophyllum nodosum (Sea Kelp), Theobromo Cacao (Cocoa) Powder, Organic Chlorella pyrenoidosa (Chlorella Growth Factor), Chlorophyll, Glucono Delta Lactone (fermented sugar), Carageenan, Argania spinosa (Argan) Stem Cells, Organic Argania spinosa (Argan) Oil, Potassium Sorbate (food grade preservative), Essential Oil Blend of Salvia officinalis (Sage) and Mentha spicata (Spearmint).

Where to by: $11.99 at luckyvitamin.com or 12.94 at iherb.com

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February 8, 2013

Badger Foot Balm

Badger Foot Balm is probably not the most glamourous sounding item of the Badger product line, but it is one that should not be overlooked. This refreshing salve is a nice pick me up for anyone who is hard on their feet. I first got this when I worked a restaurant job that required me to be on my feet without break for up to 9 hours. They were really suffering! I bought this in hopes that it could do something to help my tired soles.

February 5, 2013

Jane Iredale Corrective Colors

Meet my trusty Jane Iredale Corrective Colors palette. I love this thing. I've always liked the idea of using color correcting concealers, but the ones I had tried before were more gimmicky than functional. These ones actually work.

February 4, 2013

Weleda Skin Food

Does this little green tube look familiar to you? It has quite the following from natural skincare loving bloggers. It's Weleda Skin Food, a thick lotion moisturizer that instantly soothes dry skin. I purchased the smaller size from Vitacost to see what everyone was talking about.

Before I get into the review, I want mention right away that it has lanolin in it, which I know many vegans like to avoid. Besides that, that this product also rates as a 5 on the EWG Skin Deep Database. At the end of this post I have an ingredients list, and I go through and explain why I feel that this is a pretty safe product.

Now let's talk about performance. I use Skin Food pretty much exclusively as a hand cream, but would be great for dry elbows, feet or anywhere else that needs some intensive moisture. A thin layer of this stuff feels nice and smooth on your skin. Something about it really makes it sink in and relive dryness. I have never used something quite like it before; the texture is thick, but isn't too greasy. It can be applied heavily, and creates a nice protective barrier on your skin or whatever else. I like to apply it lightly during the day, and pile it on at night as a treatment. The scent smells similar to other Weleda creams, but I like this one the best. I think they all have a smell that is a bit medicinal and herbal,  but Skin Food also smells a bit citrusy. I am quite partial to the scent, I find it very refreshing.

Would I purchase it again? I have enough to last me through the winter now, and I'm working on cutting back on my spending. But come next winter, if I have painful dry cracked hands, this is the first product I will think of.

Where to buy: $8.39 for 1 oz size (shown), $11.99 for 2.5 oz at vitacost.com

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lanolin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Alcohol, Beeswax (Cera Flava), Glyceryl Linoleate, Hydrolyzed Beeswax, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Viola Tricolor (Pansy) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cholesterol, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Coumarin*.
* from natural essential oils

EWG rating: 5

This product is a perfect example as to why you shouldn't rely solely on the numbers the EWG database chugs out. So I decided to break it down and explain why I feel fine using this. You can pull up the report and to follow along.
  • First off, the fragrance in the lotion scores an 8, a high hazard. Fragrance rated so highly because most products use fragrances that contain phthalates and other questionable chemicals. However, Weleda specifies that this fragrance comes from essential oils. While it is ideal to know what essential oils are in your product, regardless of what they are, they score much lower, according to the database
  • Next, citral, coumarin, geraniol, linalool and limonene as listed as 4 to 6, moderate hazards. However, the label also specifies that these are the components of essential oils. Now, essential oils need to be used with care, and not all are safe for use. When the right ones are used in the right concentration, as I trust Weleda does, they are relatively safe for most people. And again, most essential oils are rated low. If you are pregnant or avoiding phytoestrogens, you may want be cautionary and avoid this product. Essential oils can also cause photosensitivity, so don't smear this all over and then go out in the sun. 
  • Then we have alcohol rated in the moderate hazard zone. Alcohol can be drying for the skin, but again is something I don't think necessary to avoid. 
  • Lastly, Glyceryl Linoleate is listed in the moderate hazard zone. This is an ingredient I could do without, but it looks like the main concern is that it can cause irritation around the eyes. I use this on my hands, not my face, so that's not an issue. And right from the EWG report you can can read that it is "classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful" by the Environment Canada Domestic Substance List.
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