March 29, 2013

The All Natural Face Vegan Powder Concealers



As promised, I have many more products from The All Natural Face to review. Today I am talking about their Vegan Powder Concealers that come in six color correcting shades. This was one of the first things I wanted to try from this company, because I love playing with correctors and I am just really drawn to pastels. I'll start by going through each color available, and then weigh some of the pros and cons. 

March 26, 2013

Everyday Minerals Semi-Matte Base























Everyday Minerals is one of those brands that can get kind of addictive to order from. After the first time I received a package from them, I was so thrilled I ordered two more times in a row! There are several reasons to love this company. You usually get some type of discount, free generous-sized samples, the products are a good value and I just really like their sleek white packaging. While their site still draws me in, I did practice a little more self control last time I made an order. I got two things: foundation and concealer. I already did a review on the concealer, and I did not like it. It's sitting around in my makeup drawer somewhere, and I find it pretty useless.

On the other hand, I really like the foundation. I picked the Semi Matte Base in Golden Fair. Like the same suggests, this foundation is not completely matte. It has a subtle amount of sheen that isn't too noticeable, but helps prevent your makeup from looking flat on your face. I really love the effect, and I think it looks very natural. While some people with very oily skin might not like it, I am the type that never wants my skin to look completely matte. There are "Matte" and "It" bases also available that are supposed to have a matte finish, if that's what you're looking for.


The coverage on this is medium, but buildable. This can definitely be applied lightly for just a touch of coverage, or built up to nearly full coverage. It can be packed on fairly well over pimples, without looking discolored from a concentrated amount of powder. If you really have a breakout, this works best if it has something creamy to stick to. It actually has about the same coverage as the Carnauba Concealer, which was the reason I didn't like it. A concealer should have more coverage than a foundation, right? I read on another blog that the matte base has even more coverage, but I find this one to be sufficient. I've reached for this on many days when my skin is acting up. I also heard that if you apply it wet, you can get more coverage. On the contrary, when I tried this product wet, the coverage was lighter. However, the finish was especially flawless and natural. So I'll definitely use this wet on days when I just need to even out my complexion.

I think that the range of shades is a bit odd. They have a great color selection for different undertones for fair and medium skin. For deep skin tones, there are a couple colors available, but from what I can tell, not a lot of selection. I think the best thing to do is to get a bunch of samples, which come free with any order, to see if there is a shade right for you.

As I've talked about before, I think Everyday Minerals has the best packaging of any mineral makeup brand I have seen. The large lid gives you plenty of space to work the minerals into your brush, which makes things so much easier. I've even saved the lids of EM products that I've used up just to use them with other mineral products. All of the "Big" sized products also come with a twisting sifter that prevents the product from spilling out everywhere during travel, which is also crucial.

At $12.99 for 0.17 oz, I think the price point is pretty fair. Everyday Minerals also often has sales, and if you can snag this during one you're really getting a great deal. All things considered, I really love this foundation and would definitely consider purchasing it again.

Ingredients: Mica (Cl 77019), Lauroyl Lysine. May Contain: Titanium dioxide (Cl 77891), Zinc Oxide (Cl 77947), Iron Oxides (Cl 77491, Cl 77492, Cl 77499), Ultramarines (Cl 77007)

Where to buy: $12.99 at everydayminerals.com. A very limited selection of shades are also available on iherb.com.

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March 25, 2013

Green Beauty Collaboration: Products I'd Repurchase

When I first heard about this collaboration tag for all of the green beauty bloggers, I was excited that we were all doing something together. I was also unsure if I could even write about this topic, because I hardly repurchase anything. That's not to say I don't love a lot of the things I have, but I also love testing new products, and it seems there's always something else I want to try before I buy the same product again. But after I thought about it, I realized there is a very select group of products that I have repurchased, or know that I want to when I run out. I have already written reviews on almost all of this stuff, and each one is linked.
























Badger Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen — Having a sunscreen that I don't mind wearing is a big deal. This one smells fantastic, doesn't leave a white cast, and is relatively unsticky. I use this daily, and it works beautifully under makeup. I may end up buying one of their new higher SPF sunscreens this summer, but definitely will repurchase this one in the future as well.

Organic Wear Jumbo Lash Mascara — I am happy to recommend this mascara because it is so much easier to get than most natural products. Organic Wear is Physicians Formula's more natural leaning line, that can be found in most drugstores. I believe this has the same formula as their original mascara, but this one is so, so much better. It has a great brush, similar to lashblash and other larger synthetic ones. It also has one of the cleanest ingredients list for any mascara out there. The major downside is that the formula can irritate eyes, and is not the most long lasting. Still, it's one of the best options out there for natural mascara, and I continue to repurchase.

Product — This is my favorite hair product! I put this balm in my hair before flat ironing it, and it makes my dry and damaged hair feel so much softer. It smells like fresh oranges, and also is a fantastic lip balm. In a bind, I've also used this on chapped hands. There are tons on multipurpose balms out there, but this one is just a little different and I love it.

Reviva Labs Mascara — Probably one of the cheapest mascaras available, and one of the best. It builds volume more than any natural mascara I have come across so far, and is best after its been open for a week or two. It can be found for less than $6 on iherb and Vitacost. It contains a few questionable ingredients, but still is safer than most mascaras. It does not contain parabens, as some out of date websites list. If I can find something comparable with cleaner ingredients, I may switch over, but I have been purchasing this one every couple of months, for over a year.

Suvana Paw Paw Balm — The ultimate lip balm. This product is ultra smooth and moisturizing, and is filled with organic ingredients. It has the perfect light scent of papaya and honey, and almost comes off a tad floral. So lovely, it's worth getting again.

Solar Recover Save Your Skin — If you read my recent review of this light body spray, you know I'm obsessed with this herbal scent. I use it on my face and body for a light layer of moisture, and I often set my makeup with it too. This will be so great to use in the summer to cool off too. It's a very simple product, but one that's done just right.

I had to cheat a bit on several to talk about 3 specific brands that I have repurchased from again and again, because I can't settle on just one of their products. I purchase something with a different scent each time, but I am quite loyal to these lines.


Nubian Heritage Soaps — These soaps are easily available off of all the big online retailers, and are super affordable. They contain natural ingredients that draw from the traditions of Africa, Asia and Latin America. The soaps come in a wide array of alluring varieties such as Mango Butter, Coconut & Papaya, Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver and Carrot & Pomegranate. I am partial to the strong, rich scents, and so far Black Seed and Honey is my favorite. I'm hoping to try all of the soaps Nubian Heritage makes, and being a collector at heart I have saved all the boxes.

Dr. Bronner's Soap — It's the classic. I switch up the scent each time I buy, so I don't get sick of any of them. I have yet to try almond and eucalyptus varieties, but have used the rest and love them all. Dr. Bronner's soap has fantastic ingredients, is so multipurpose, creates fantastic lather and makes everything squeaky clean. What more is there to say?

Badger Balms — I love Badger Balms and want to try them all. Many have added essential oils or extracts, and have various aromatherapy benefits. So far I've tried their original balm, foot balm, sleep balm, cuticle care and beauty balm, and have loved them all. I also really want to try their body moisturizer balms, after sun balm, sore joint rub and baby balm! Badger is one of the few companies that I would not hesitate to buy anything from; I feel like I don't even have to read the ingredients on Badger products (but I still do, of course).

Honorable MentionSilk Naturals Eu-Taupe-Ia — I absolutely love this color, it is the perfect matte taupe shade and it's only $4! I ran out of it several months ago, and have way too many other eyeshadows in my collection to justify getting anything else right now. But, this is the one shadow I've thought about repurchasing, so that should count for something.

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March 24, 2013

Shea Terra Eau de Fleur D'Oranger du Maroc Hydrating Facial Mist



I have a mild obsession with facial sprays, and have been writing about them quite a bit lately. I guess I am just to lazy to pour out products onto cotton pads or something. Whatever the case, I decided to try this facial spray from Shea Terra after I heard Wheatenbeauty1 talk highly of the brand.

Eau de Fleur D'Oranger du Maroc ($16 for 4 oz.), the French name of this spray, translates to Moroccan Orange Flower Water. And Shea Terra's description of the fruit is exceptionally elegant.

Lining the streets of Morocco are fragrant bitter orange trees, the aroma of their dainty orange blossoms filling the night air. A few grams extracted from these precious blossoms sell for several hundreds of dollars. Collected from the distillation of the oil, orange blossom hydrolate is a beautifully fragrant water with skin toning and clarifying properties.

In contrast to the cold, rainy overcast days that we've been experiencing for months here in Portland, the idea of a warm night in filled with the smell of bitter citrus in a foreign city sounds like heaven. If only a spray could equate to a Moroccan vacation!

Ridiculous expectations aside, this is quite a nice facial toner. This light spray is made for oily or acne prone skin — and I'm the latter, yay! It's not the type of product that is going totally transform your skin, but it is a pleasant pick me up that effectively reduces shine. The scent is really the best part of this product. The orange distillate water and orange essential oil smell very fragrant without being too strong. Unlike a sweet orange essential oil, which pretty much smells like straight orange, this toner has a distinct floral note to complement the citrus. I find it to be very pleasant and exotic. Honestly, because I haven't traveled much, this scent reminds me of a World Market store.

I mainly use this in two ways. I spritz it on at night as a toner and light moisturizer before my facial serum and cream, and I also like to mix it in with my bentonite clay for face masks. I've used it to set my makeup as well, and it worked very nicely. I think this would be a really fantastic setting spray for those with oily skin. The uses for this product are along the lines of the Solar Recover Save Your Skin and Rosewater & Glycerin sprays I also have, but is more high end. The amber glass bottle and striped label take it up a notch, and it is at a more expensive price point. Overall I am very pleased with my first Shea Terra product, and am very interested in trying their similar chamomile and rosewater toners.

Note: I think the Orange Blossom Pure Distillate Water is the exact same product as this facial mist, with a cap instead of a spray top. They have the exact same ingredients.

Ingredients: pure orange water distillate, terpeneless orange essential oil

Where to buy: sheaterraorganics.com

March 22, 2013

Badger Damascus Rose Beauty Balm


My posts on Badger products are pretty much becoming a recurring thing on this blog, and so far I've reviewed several tins of balmy goodness from the Badger Mines. But I think this product, Damascus Rose Beauty Balm ($11.90), is a little bit special.

First off, the packaging is different from their other balms. Instead of a tin with a drawing of the badger doing something adorable and outdoorsy, this balm comes is a vintagey looking glass jar. I think the special jar gives it a kind of luxurious, refined feel. The balm itself is also different feel to it. It still has a base of olive oil, castor oil and beeswax like most of the other Badger balms, but the texture is softer and lighter.

March 21, 2013

Tea tree oil


























It's been way, way too long since I wrote my last "building your natural beauty cabinet" post. You've probably forgotten about them! To recap, this is a recurring series that focuses on basic, usually single ingredient products that can be utilized in many ways in your beauty regime. Todays post is on one of the most essential and frequently used products in my cabinet: tea tree oil.

What's great about it:
  • Tea tree oil is a natural essential oil from a tree variety native to Australia
  • It is antifugal, antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic
  • It's proven effective for multiple skin conditions

March 18, 2013

The All Natural Face Vegan Oily Lid Eyeshadow Primer in Buff


Today's post is the first of many on products from The All Natural Face. This small, handmade company has been quite popular lately among many green beauty bloggers, thanks to a 62% off coupon that was going on last month. The All Natural Face already has an incredibly low price point, so with the extra coupon these products were some the most affordable I have ever bought. I like this company a lot, and would rather start with a more positive review, but their oily lid eyeshadow primer was the first product I throughly tested, and did not work so well for me. More than anything, I think this product works better as a concealer than as a primer, and I'll tell you why.

March 17, 2013

Organic Wear Jumbo Lash Mascara




Finally, I can recommend a drugstore product! I think this is a first for a makeup item.

When switching to natural products, many initially want to look to where they already shop to find safer alternatives. Unfortunately, the majority of products found in any regular retailer are not going to be very clean. However, some of the items in the Physician's Formula Organic Wear line are the exception. The mascara from this line actually has an exceptionally clean ingredients list, better than many natural lines that are much more expensive.

March 15, 2013

Suvana Paw Paw Balm



Suvana Paw Paw balm is a product I've been wanting to try for a long time, almost as long as I've been blogging! A natural balm with paw paw extract really appeals to my tropical fruit-obsessed self. For a long time it wasn't available in the U.S. — though it can now be ordered at Spirit Beauty Lounge — and I was jealous of international bloggers who were talking about it.

Luckily, Hayley sent me a tube in our recent swap, and as expected it became an instant favorite. It has a ultra smooth, moisturizing texture and a very light scent. To me it smells faintly floral with a touch of honey. It's absolutely perfect.

The balm is filled mostly with organic ingredients, certified by EcoCert. If you're wondering exactly what paw paw is, I was curious too. It is a bit confusing. From what I have read, it is different than a papaya in color and size, but the two are related closely enough that they are considered the same species of fruit. In fact, the scientific name for Paw Paw listed on the ingredients, Carica Papaya, is the same for papaya, and some of the tubes list "papaya extract." I think that Paw Paw is a well known ingredient in Australia, and many people use to help with a slew of skin conditions, such as rashes, bug bites, cuts and sunburns. Sarah from Sugarpuffish says this is a favorite that she likes to use it for her eczema. I put this on my eyelids, where I get mild eczema, and sure enough this was very soothing and non-irritating. That's saying a lot, as I am so sensitive, even good natural products can trigger a reaction on my eyes.

The balm is packaged in a cheerful, travel friendly bright yellow tube. My only one gripe about is that the tube does not seem to come completely full. From other reviews I have read, this seems to be typical. Even so, I'll get over it because I'm hooked. I hardly repurchase any products because I'm always testing new ones, but this is one of the few I will absolutely be buying in the future. 

Ingredients: *Ricinus Communis (castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Theobroma Cocao (Cocoa Butter), Carica Papaya (Paw Paw), *Mel (Honey), *Buxus Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, *Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Bean) Oil, Euphorbia Ceifera (Candelilla) Wax, Daucus Carota Sativa (carrot) Oil, Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni Extract, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E). *ingredients from organic farming.

Where to buy: Available in the U.S. for $14 at spiritbeautylounge.com.

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March 14, 2013

A natural beauty starter kit

I recently got my friend Sonya interested in natural beauty products, and she suggested that I send her some samples. Since I think I have way too much makeup, I was happy to get some off my hands. I got her to order some little jars off ebay to put products in, and also included some extra full sized things I had around. She likes black eyeliner, blush, concealer, and is also interested in natural skincare. So here's what I thought she would enjoy. If I've already written a review of these products, it is linked. If not, I have linked where you can get them. 





Makeup: (8) Everyday Minerals Blush in Waffle Cone, Truly Tiger, Bollywood and Snooze Bar, (9) Ecco Bella Blush in Wild Rose,  rms beauty cream eyeshadows in (10) Solar, (11) Spark and (12) Myth, The All Natural Face Cream Blushes in (13) Warm Earth, (14) Cream Highligher and (15) Mulberry, (16) Lucy Minerals Blush in Glow, (17) Everyday Minerals Blush in Apple, (18) Zosimos Botanicals Blush in Peach, (19) Abbey St. Clare Blush in Summer Solstice, (20) Coastal Classic Creations Eyeliner in Coastal Evenings, (21) The All Natural Face Diva Stix in Black Kohl, (22) Rotten Apple Seed Cream Eyeliner, The All Natural Face Color Correctors in (23) Salmon, (24) Midas and (25) Patina, Jane Iredale Color Correctors in (26) Yellow and (27) Orange, (28) The All Natural Face Eyeshadow Primer in Buff (for concealer), (29) Madison Street Beauty Aloe Airbrush Setting Powder

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March 13, 2013

Etsy Finds: Rotten Appleseed Natural Matte Lipstick in Rose






















I was pretty excited when I came across a store called Rotton Appleseed on Etsy. It carries several eye-catching items, including a light lavender lipstick. I have complained a lot about how I don't like the selection of muted mauves, browns and berry colors that are often available from natural brands, but here is a store that only carries one color of lipstick, and it is a pale lilac (though you can get any color you want customized).

So of course, I love this color. It is very unique, and I'm pretty sure you're not going to find anything like it with this good of ingredients. I know this won't appeal to everyone, but I absolutely love light lips, and this color is really gorgeous creamy matte lavender. If you apply it too heavily, it might look a little Nicki Minaj-esque, but a light layer will mute the pigmentation of your lips, and give them a nice cool cast. The lighter your natural lip color is, the better this will look. The owner mentioned that this is a dupe for MAC's Quite Cute, a limited edition color.

This lipstick has a great texture, and is super moisturizing thanks to a base of avocado oil, olive oil, coconut oil and wheatgerm oil. It also contains bee pollen, an interesting ingredient I haven't seen in a cosmetic before. I think it might be the bee pollen that gives the lipstick little flecks in it, that remind me of a berry smoothie. Not to worry, these flecks are not visible on the lips. The lipstick can be a little hard to work with when it's cold. But once the product warms up with your fingers, the texture is perfection. There is no scent added, but I like the smell a lot too. It is barely there, but reminds me of kind of reminds me dried fruit and cream.

In summary, I love this lipstick, and am so happy to have found a product this color that is natural. If you're into light nudes, pinks or purples, I highly recommend this. You will love it. If you're not, you might be able to use this lipstick to lighten the color of other lipsticks. Since the owner makes customized colors, I might see what kind of light pink and nude colors she can come up with!

Ingredients: avocado oil, olive oil, coconut oil, wheatgerm oil, zinc oxide, bee pollen, beeswax, vitamin e oil, candelilla wax, mica mineral color

Price: $8 at etsy.com

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March 12, 2013

Nubian Heritage Mango Butter Soap



Today I am starting a little feature here on Pure Makeup, in which I talk about the soap I am currently using. Yes, this is some pretty ground breaking stuff here. Before I start, I'd like to once again state that I do not think it is necessary to soap up your whole body regularly, as I discussed here, but even a low soap users like me needs a little soap in my life. So let me break it down for ya. Today's soap is Nubian Heritage Mango Butter Soap.

Thoughts:

· It smells delicious! Exactly like a dreamsicle. Though I don't think it smells like a mango.
· This soap creates a nice foamy lather. It's very gentle, and not drying at all.
· The shape of the soap prevents it from getting goopy underneath as it sits.
· At $2.69 to $3.99, it's super affordable.
· It's ubiquitous at online health stores, and available at many natural grocers.
· It would be nice if essential oils in it were specified. It also contains "Mineral Pigment or Vegetable Color," which is also a bit vague, but not particularly concerning.
· Overall, I love this!

Ingredients: Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Coconut Oil and/or Palm Oil, Theobroma Cocao (Cocoa) Seed, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Honey, Cornmeal, Vegetable Glycerin, Mineral Pigment or Vegetable Color, Essential Oil Blend.

Where to buy: $2.69 at luckyvitamin.com, $2.99 at vitacost.com, $3.27 at iherb.com

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March 11, 2013

Femme Fatale Eyeshadows


I recently posted the items from my swap with Haley, The Flaxen Owl, and there was a lot of interest in Femme Fatale, the Australian indie makeup company. I am so happy that she picked some eyeshadows that were a bit out of my usual comfort zone, because I love all these, and never would have discovered them otherwise. Femme Fatale's eyeshadows stand out because of the unique, multidimensional colors. Most of them appear very different depending on the light or the base used underneath.

The colors I got were:

Archangel: An everyday eyeshadow with a twist. Archangel an unassuming cream color with a purple duo chrome. It look works really well with the other shadows shown here, but it can also be paired with pretty much any neutral color because it is simultaneously warm and cool.

Candied Apple: It's hard to even classify what color this shadow is. It looks like a cool toned pinkish purple when it's applied to the lid, but it also has a strong light green duochrome. This one definitely needs a good base to stick to, but is my favorite of the bunch.

Inscribe: Another hard to define shadow, this one is a mid-tone brown with a burgundy red undertone and green shimmer. It is perfect with Candied Apple.

Time Lost: A super vivid, smooth copper. The pigmentation on this especially great.

Incantation: A deep, shimmery, purple wine color that really brings out the green in my eyes. In some lights, it looks exactly like the swatch above, while in more dim lighting it actually looks like a warm grey. I like using this best as a liner.

Overall, I think these colors are really fun and unique, but still wearable. The shadows are definitely the type that really need a base to adhere to, be it a primer or cream eyeshadow or whatever. I am also really wowed by the selection of shades that Femme Fatale offers. This is just a tiny slice of their eyeshadow range, and the company also offers a fun range of blush and nail color.

I absolutely love that each shadow has the ingredients listed on the jar itself, and on the website. For that matter, I think Femme Fatale has the best website for a handmade company that I have seen. The design is clean and easy to navigate. I also appreciate that each color has a bunch of clear swatches, can be ordered in several sizes. I like that there are tons of options for sets, including some where you can pick your colors. I think it's an absolute must-try brand if you live in Australia, or if you are a pigment junkie willing to shell out a bit extra for international shipping.

Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Magnesium Stearate. May Contain: Tin Oxide (77861), Iron Oxide (77491, 77499), Carmine, Carnauba Wax, Copper (77400), Zinc (77954), Silicone Dioxide (Silica). No nanoparticles are used.

Price: $3 to $5 depending on size,  samples are $1.10 at femmefatalecosmetics.com.au. Shipping to the U.S. starts at $11, increases with insurance, and is discounted for larger orders.

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March 10, 2013

Badger Sleep Balm



As my quest continues to try every single Badger Balm, today I'm talking about Badger Sleep Balm ($8.50 for 2 oz). You might be wondering, how exactly does a topical balm help you fall asleep? The answer: aromatherapy. As the Badgers themselves say: Badger Sleep Balm doesn't make you sleepy: the sophisticated blend of essential oils helps quiet your thoughts and clear your mind, then you fall asleep naturally.

March 9, 2013

Acure Dry Shampoo








There are few natural dry shampoos on the market yet, despite it being an essential product for those of us who get lazy about hair washing. I normally just like to use a good natural baby powder, because it is the exact same thing and usually costs a little less. But I'm a big fan of Acure, and I was excited to see what they had come up with for dry shampoo.

Unfortunately, this was actually one of the few Acure products that I am really not that impressed with. When I apply it, it is pretty heavy in texture. It makes my hair feel extremely dirty and dry. I expect that somewhat from a dry shampoo, because it adds more product to your hair, but this one is almost gritty. I was hoping the powder would be kind of light weight, so it wouldn't be so detectable in my hair. It also makes my hair look very dull, even when it's not applied excessively.

It does create a lot of extra volume that is especially good for updos, but I don't even want to wear my hair down when I use this. It just feels kind of yucky. If nothing else, I thought this would have a nice herbal scent from the lavender and chamomile essential oils, but this powder has absolutely no discernible smell to me. 

I appreciate that Acure's Dry Shampoo comes at a much more reasonable price point than some other natural brands, but it's still not the best value. It doesn't do anything special compared to baby powder, so I'll be switching back to that next time I make a purchase. My former favorite, GentleCare Butt Dust has been discontinued, so I am open to any suggestions for new brands.

Ingredients: Organic Corn Starch (non GMO), French White Clay (Kaolin), Oat Flour, Slippery Elm Bark Flour, Argania spinosa (Argan) Stem Cells, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Lavender essential oil, Chamomile essential oil  

Where to buy: $11.22 at iherb.com, $11.29 at luckyvitamin.com and $11.49 at vitacost.com.

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March 8, 2013

Solar Recover Save Your Lips



Lately, I have noticed that there are tons of products I use and don't write about. So I started thinking, why not talk about the little things too? So with that in mind, here is my current favorite lip balm.

Remember that Save Your Skin spray from Solar Recover that I recently posted about? Well they make a lip balm too, and it smells very similar! It has the same combination of calendula, lavender and geranium that I'm a big fan of in the body spray. It's also super moisturizing, and has a smooth texture thanks to its soy oil base. And at only $4, it's the perfect thing to throw in your shopping cart at Lucky Vitamin if you're just under the free shipping minimum! A SPF version is also available, but I have not checked with the company yet to see if it is non-nano.

Ingredients: Soy oil, beeswax, coconut oil, jojoba oil, calendula, lavender oil, vitamin E (Tocopherol), geranium oil.

Where to find: $4 at solarrecover.com or luckyvitamin.com

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March 6, 2013

Current Rotation #2



It's time for another round of products in my current rotation. Here's what I've been using the past couple of weeks:

(1) Badger Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen: Sometimes its hard for me to remember to wear sunscreen under my makeup, especially when it's constantly overcast like it is here in Portland, but this is actually enjoyable to wear. It feels pretty sheer on the skin, especially for a non-nano sunscreen, and has a really pleasant floral scent. This must be as luxurious as natural sun care gets.

(2) Silk Naturals Bronzer in Tahiti Sweetie: This is the darkest bronzer that Silk Naturals offers, but is pretty wearable, even for lighter skin tones. It is a true matte brown, and is especially great for contouring. And it's a dupe for Benefit Hoola.

(3) Everyday Minerals Blush in Apple: I received this item in a swap when I first was switching over to natural products a couple years ago. This is an old pressed version of Everyday Minerals' blush, and the only ingredients are minerals and jojoba oil. I suspect that these did not hold up very well during shipping, which is probably why Everyday Minerals stopped making pressed products. Mine stayed together for a while, until it broke in a hotel bathroom last year. Oops. This color is pretty bold, and only the smallest amount is needed. I have been trying to use it up forever, and honestly am getting bit sick of it. But I am determined to finish it this month. This was a best selling color, and was still available at Everyday Minerals until recently, but is discontinued now.

(4) Physicians Formula Organic Wear Jumbo Lash Mascara: This is the best mascara from the drugstore for sure. The ingredients are actually probably some of the best I've seen from any company, anywhere. The regular version is pretty bad in my opinion, but this one actually builds some decent volume and lengthens a bit. The downside is that it can really sting if you get it in your eyes, and it is not particularly long lasting.

(5) Rotten Appleseed Charcoal Grey Cream Eyeliner: I've really been enjoying my new cream liner from Etsy. It is super pigmented, and I've found that it is really long lasting when I set it with an eyeshadow. I'll have a full review on this coming soon, but for now I'll say that I do recommend it.

(6) Femme Fatale Eyeshadow in Archangel: I just showed the Femme Fatale eyeshadows in the post about my swap with The Flaxen Owl. It is a cream colored shadow but it has a purple duo chrome sheen. It's still easy to wear for an everyday look, but I've literally never seen anything like it.

(7) Alima Pure Satin Matte Eyeshadow in Ash: This eyeshadow has been sitting unused in my stash for far too long. You know I love my taupes, but this super light matte shade is very different than anything else I own. I like putting it in the crease for the most subtle definition, and it blends in perfectly with pretty much any other neutral shadows. Alima Pure has a gorgeous selection of matte shadows, and I have several more of them on my wishlist!

(8) Silk Naturals Eyeshadow in Chase: Another Silk Naturals Urban Decay dupe — this one is the color "Tease" from the Naked 2 Palette. It is described as dirty taupe, and I would say it is a neutral dark brown. I use it lightly in the crease, and also along the lower lash line. This is an essential everyday color for me. It can look natural or dramatic, depending on how it is applied.

(9) The All Natural Face Color Corrector in Patina: This is a really great concealer to layer with mineral foundation. I think this shade works well because it has that correcting green tint, but it's only a hint of color. While some green color correctors just make your skin green, this one blends in with your skintone pretty easily. It is very light, so I am not sure if this would would on deeper complexions.

(10) Lucy Minerals Foundation in Cream: I've started using Lucy Minerals foundation lately because my skin has been breaking out a bit more than usual. This is really fantastic if you are looking for something that can create full coverage. Layering this with The All Natural Face Patina Corrector completely masks any redness or pimples, and is long lasting too. This has been my savior for bad skin days!

And just for fun, here are some other things in my "current rotation": The Wire · What's Going On  (40th Anniversary Album) · Not Tonight (Ladies Night remix) · Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us (TIME Magazine)

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March 4, 2013

My Swap with The Flaxen Owl



Recently, Haley from The Flaxen Owl and I did a little swap. Swaps are fun ways to try some new products that often aren't available in your home country, and also to connect in a more tangible way to a fellow blogger. I also did a swap last year with Sarah from Sugarpuffish, and I am kicking myself for not thinking to post about it at the time, but it was quite fun and decided to do one with Haley. She lives in Australia, and as I requested she sent me all Australian made products. Here's a little preview of what I got:

(1) Suvana Paw Paw Balm: A wonderful, thick balm that has a slightly sweet smell. I have been wanting to try this product forever, and it does not disappoint. I think this stuff is pretty popular in the UK and Australia, and it is now available at Spirit Beauty Lounge in the U.S. too.

(2) Rose-Hip Vital Rosehip oil: Haley must have read my mind! I've been wanting to try rose hip oil for   a long time, but never actually got around to buying some. She says that she has been using it lately, and that this one is great quality. I can't wait to try this around my sensitive eye area.

(3) MooGoo Fresh Cream Deodorant: MooGoo is a skincare company that Haley talks about all the time, and I was interested in trying their deodorant. If I'm not mistaken, Milk Of Magnesia is what makes this deodorant work. She says that it works best on clean skin, and you have to wait for it to dry before putting on a shirt. It doesn't have a discernible smell, which I like. It's also worth it to watch the video in the link to hear the way that Australians pronounce "aluminum."

(4) MooGoo Finely Ground Oatmeal Fresh Milk Cleansing Bar: This bar has a sweet creamy fragrance, and contains fresh milk and oatmeal for exfoliation. It is supposed to improve Keratosis Pilaris, those pesky red bumps some get on their upper arms.

(5) MooGoo Skin Milk Udder Cream: MooGoo's original product! I haven't opened it up yet, but I believe it is unscented, and it is supposed to be the most lightweight of all of their creams. I am intrigued that it is preserved with hops extract. I have read very little on this, but hops are obviously natural and the extract has a good safety rating from EWG. It's another item I am really looking forward to trying.

(6) Femme Fatale Blush samples: These will be really fun to play around with. There's a wide range of colors, from neutral to super bright. I am very impressed because these are the brightest pigments I have seen that do not contain any synthetic colors.

(7) Femme Fatale Eyeshadows: Love these shadows! The pigmentation is excellent and all are very unique. Many have a neat duochrome finish. I might even buy some more of these in the future. I checked if they can be ordered internationally — it looks like shipping starts at $11, and can also be discounted if you spend more. I'll have a full post with swatches of these coming soon.

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March 2, 2013

Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate



I'm pretty excited to talk about Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate, y'all. This is one of my favorite natural products I have tried yet. It's really, really fantastic and unique, and it does exactly what is should. Isn't that refreshing?
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