April 28, 2013

The All Natural Face Cream Blush

I think I wrote recently that The All Natural Face Eye Diva Stix were one of my most exciting purchases from the company. The most exciting products I ordered were, hands down, the cream blushes. I honestly think that these are the standout product from the entire brand. The formula is just right — not too creamy or hard — and quite long wearing. The blushes come in very convenient, travel friendly compacts that have a handy mirror.

April 25, 2013

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Soap

Yes, more soap! If I haven't mentioned it enough, Nubian Heritage is my favorite line of bar soaps. I am on a mission to try every single one, because they all just sound so good. The soap providing my Current Suds now is the Coconut & Papaya bar soap.


· I believe this is a body soap, because it is supposed to be firming, but I think this works really nicely as a hand soap.
· It has a very nice, strong coconut scent that lingers on your skin. But unfortunately it doesn't smell like papaya, which is why I really wanted it.
· Pieces of vanilla bean create an exfoliating texture.
· It feels very moisturizing on skin, and is not drying at all.
· It contains ethically traded ingredients, but is not fair trade certified. 
· It has papaya extract, which is a super good for skin and good for you ingredient.
· It's easy to find on vitamin sites and at natural grocers.
· The price point is affordable, and can usually be found in the $3 range.
· Anyone who is a coconut fan will love this soap!

Ingredients: Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, palm oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) milk, papain (papaya extract), tocopherol (vitamin E), 

Where to buy: $3.27 at iHerb, $3.29 at Vitacost and $4.77 at Amazon. Also available at some health food stores and Vitamin Shoppes.

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April 21, 2013

The All Natural Face Eye Diva Stix

Some of my most exciting purchases from The All Natural Face were several of the Eye Diva Stix, known for being natural dupes for the very popular NYX Jumbo Pencils. These chubby eyeshadow pencils come in a pretty nice range of neutrals, several green colors, a mauve, a vibrant blue and a bright violet. Characteristically, I bought all the neutral shades, and also branched out ever so slightly with a navy blue. The colors I got are Milk, Fawn, Creme Brûlée, Light Brown, Dark Brown, Black Kohl an Tempest.

April 18, 2013

Etsy Finds: Rotten Appleseed Up in Smoke Natural Cream Eyeliner

One makeup item I've been missing for the longest time is cream eyeliner. I got used to using wet or dry eyeshadows, and sometimes eye pencil, but I countn't deny missing my MAC Fluidline and Stila Smudge Pots. I finally resolved to buy a natural cream eyeliner, and I just wanted to try something different. Instead of going to my usual websites, I went to Etsy and found a little store called Rotten Appleseed.

This company makes a liner that has a base of nourishing avocado oil, grapeseed oil, and natural waxes, so it is a good choice for the delicate eye area. The color is a grey black, and is nicely pigmented. It's easy to get onto a liner brush and it melts right into the skin when applied. Even in my cold, sub-sixty degree room, it's easy to work with. It will probably be even creamier when my house warms up this summer. Because this product has a natural base, it acts differently than a cream liner with synthetic materials.

The oils and waxes in the liner make it the consistency reminiscent of a very thick balm. This means it absolutely will transfer and smudge if you don't work with it for a little. If I am are not wearing eyeshadow, it transfers to my crease area immediately. If I am wearing eyeshadow, the powder base helps absorb some of the oils, and will only transfer if a very thick layer is applied. I wear the liner frequently with eyeshadow, and by evening it has faded slightly, but still looks good. I've tried wearing just the liner alone, and it does not last.

If you want to give this product some longevity, put a powder down underneath, and set with a powder shadow. I honestly don't bother setting it most of the time, because I don't mind if it fades and smudges a bit — I don't tend to like my liner perfectly defined anyway. It is also works really nicely smudged on the lower lash line or as a dark base for powder eye color, and I think it technically is listed as an eyeshadow.

I love this liner and it is perfect for everyday use for me. If you are looking for something smudge proof that will last through a workout or a night of boogying, this is not the right product for you. It may also not be for you if you want to wear a super defined line without any shadow underneath. If you want a very pure and nourishing eyeliner, and you're alright if it moves a bit, this is a fantastic option.

Ingredients: avocado oil, grapeseed oil, wheatgerm oil, zinc oxide, bee pollen, magnesium stearate, sericite mica, stearic acid, candelilla wax, beeswax, vitamin e oil, oxide mineral color.

Where to buy: $10.00 + shipping at etsy.com

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April 14, 2013

Bentonite clay (Aztec Secret): a world of uses

Today's product is a very popular skincare ingredient. Bentonite clay is cheap, effective and very versatile. It also happens to make you look like a green monster, or as my dad described, camouflaged for the army.

April 12, 2013

Acure Night Cream

It is pretty much unofficially Acure month on this blog; I love their products and have a whole handful that I will be sharing in upcoming posts. One of the reasons I keep coming back to the brand is that they make very natural versions of products that are normally filled with chemicals. Take Acure's Night Cream ($16.99 for 1.75 oz), for example.

April 10, 2013

Current Rotation #3

It's time for another edition of Current Rotation. I've been using tons of mineral products, mostly from indie companies. I've been using most of these products consistently for the past couple weeks, and here are my thoughts:

Lucy Minerals Foundation and Finishing Powder: I've talked about light and medium coverage products on this blog before, but this foundation is all-out full coverage. I love using this foundation because it looks nice applied lightly, but can be built up to heavy coverage without looking too cakey. Dabbing a bit of foundation on pimples and redness works so well that no concealer is needed. As for the finishing powder, so far, I'm not seeing anything special. I'll have a full review on both of these coming soon.

Bare Minerals All-Over Face Color in Warmth: I received this bronzer in a swap a couple years ago, and I just want to use it up. I really don't like it at all, I think its very orange and I have a hard time imagining it would look good on anyone. It's disappointing because Bare Minerals also makes a color called Faux Tan, which is one of the best bronzers I've ever used. Bare Minerals All-Over Face Colors contain Bismuth Oxychloride, if you are trying to avoid that.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Blush in Heaven Peach and Sunkissed Wine: I've been switching up my blush a lot recently, because I am getting more particular about the shades I like. I used to be very whatever about blush, I felt like almost any shade would do. But I've been really into warm tones lately, so I've really been enjoying these colors from Femme Fatale that I received in my swap with Haley from The Flaxen Owl. These blushes are really nicely pigmented, easily blend in with my skin, and are pretty long lasting. I especially like Sunkissed Wine because it is looks muted, but is very bright and peachy on the skin.

The All Natural Face Eye Diva Stix in Milk and Light Brown: I really like the formula of these creamy eyeshadow pencils, and at $3.88, they're practically giving them away! I picked up most of the neutral shades, but I have been reaching for Milk and Light Brown the most. Milk is a great base for eyeshadows that really makes the color pop, and I light to use Light Brown as a base on my lower lash line. I think "Light Brown" is a bit of a misnomer, because it is really a very rich, medium shade. Full review of these colors and more coming soon!

Silk Naturals Eyeshadow in Calm, Loaded and Chase: I really love mixing warm and cool tones, and the icy, slightly pink "Calm" blends together really nicely with the coppery "Loaded". Both are very pigmented and shimmery, but not glittery. "Chase" is such a great crease color, it is a nice neutral brown that I think would work for almost anyone. I received Calm as a gift with purchase over a year ago, and it appears that the color called Calm that is currently sold is not the same. The one I have is not blue. I've also been using Calm as a face highlight, though I actually prefer to pair it with cool toned blushes. I think you might see this shadow in an empties post soon!

And just for fun, here's what else is on "current rotation": Oz · Where's the fun in forever? - Miguel · Cradle of Flavor · Tell me a Tale - Michael Kiwanuka · This picture of Kanye with Aziz Ansari's parents · Natural Care for Curls & Kinks · SNL Bathroom Businessman skit

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April 8, 2013

MooGoo Oatmeal & Honey Fresh Milk Cleansing Bar

It's time for another edition of Current Suds! Bar soap is not the most glamourous personal care products out there, but I nonetheless love it. Today's soap is made by the milk-based brand MooGoo, and comes all the way from Australia!

April 7, 2013

What's on my nightstand?

I mentioned in a previous post that I have be very engrossed in my skincare regimen lately. For me, there is no time I use more products than bedtime. Some nights, I will really pile on the products, while others I just moisturize my face with a serum or lotion. Here's what I keep on my very inexpensive Ikea Tolga table:

Badger Damascus Rose Beauty Balm: I use this balm on any dry spots on my face, around my nose, and sometimes on my hands at night. I don't like to use this all over my face because it is not very light, but if your skin is not acne prone I would go for it. It is a super heavy duty moisturizer that anyone with dry skin will love.

Acure Seriously Firming Facial Serum: Probably my favorite product of the bunch, this serum is perfect to use right before you sleep. I love that it is made of pure oils, and that it is USDA Organic. It has a very subtle and relaxing lavender scent, and it is just so hydrating. It doesn't break me out, and I've seen an improvement in the evenness of my skin since using it.

Acure Night Cream: As I mentioned in my post about the Acure serum, this night cream is the perfect product to complement it. They both have a soft lavender scent, and using the two used in conjunction gives an extra kick of moisture. Sometimes I just use this alone, if I want a lighter moisturizer. Full review coming soon!

Dr. Bragi Age Management Moisturizer: I was sent this insanely expensive "serum" over a year ago, and am always trying but failing to use it regularly. I find this product difficult to incorporate into my regimen because it cannot be used in conjunction with oil based products, which is pretty much everything I use. After I run out of serum and night cream, I might try to make this my only facial moisturizer, but I prefer oil based products so far.

MooGoo Udder Cream: I use this lotion if I want to moisturize my hands before I go to bed. It is nicely emollient and isn't too thick. It also absorbs readily and isn't too greasy. The scent is sweet and milky, and it makes my skin feel soft!

Nail Butter: My amazing nail strengthener and cuticle moisturizer! I just did a full review on this product, which you can find here.

Badger Cutitcle Care: I'm just starting to incorporate this into my routine, and alternate between this and my Nail Butter. This stuff smells absolutely amazing; the scent is citrusy with a strong lemongrass note.

Badger Sleep Balm: Where else would my sleep balm belong? I rub this into my temples and lips to get the calming aromatherapy benefits. If I'm really wanting some extra moisture, I rub this all over my neck too.

**I often also keep Heritage Store Rosewater & Glycerin on my nightstand, but I moved it the other day to make a face mask and forgot to put it back! I use it if I want to top off my moisturizer with a spritz of rose, or to layer with the Dr. Bragi serum.

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April 6, 2013

Acure Mandarin Orange + Moroccan Argan Stem Cell Advanced Triple Moisture System Body Lotion

I recently picked up Acure's Mandarin Orange Body Lotion ($8.57 for 8 oz) on a whim when it was on sale. I'm not really a body lotion person, but I mean, a giant bottle packed with natural ingredients and antioxidants for less than seven dollars? I couldn't pass it up.

April 4, 2013

Acure Seriously Firming Facial Serum

In the past couple months, I've started focusing much more on my skin. This sounds bad coming from a beauty blogger, but as the name Pure Makeup suggests, my #1 obsession is makeup. Though lately, many of the other green beauty bloggers I read have helped me cultivate a love of skincare. Pretty much all the #greenbbloggers recommend using nice pure oils as a facial moisturizers, and this Facial Serum ($19.69 for 1 oz) from Acure was a perfect option.

April 2, 2013

Nail Butter

I was recently offered the chance to try Nail Butter, a the sole product from a company based in Athens, GA. I was intrigued because the ingredients were a bit different from majority of natural balms I've seen on the market; it has borax and mustard oil in it! The company is very small, and consists of the owner Christina, her family, plus a friend who takes care of social media. As I suspected, this unique concoction has a interesting backstory. As told by Christina,
Nail Butter originated more than thirty years ago, when my father invented the original formula for my grandmother. She was a dental hygienist, and her nails suffered from constantly washing her hands. The original product strengthened her weak nails as well as moisturized her dry and peeling cuticles. This had been somewhat of a family secret, until last year when I decided that I wanted to share this product with the world. My father and brother spent 5 months perfecting an all natural equivalent to the original product and so Nail Butter was born. 
Nail Butter claims to fix brittleness, cracking, slow growth, and damaged cuticles by stimulating cell production and circulation at the nail matrix underneath the cuticle. I've been using this stuff for a couple weeks, and I can attest, this stuff really works! My nails aren't brittle, but they are not strong and I always have to keep them very short. After just a couple days of use, I noticed immediate difference. Normally, my nails easily splinter off and peel at the ends, but after using this, the ends of my nails are smooth and strong. You know how when your nails are a little longer, the ends are kind of flexible and can be pushed down a bit? With this product, my nails are sturdy and can't be bent at all. I have to admit I often bite my nails, but now I don't even want to because they are so strong I think I might end up hurting my teeth! I'm not sure if it made my nails grow any faster, but since they are so much stronger, I am actually able to keep my nails much longer than I could before. Not to mention, my cuticles are in really good shape too. I always tend to get split cuticles, but Nail Butter has kept them very moisturized and prevented painful splitting.

There are a couple things to consider before buying this product. The cream has a strong smell from the mustard oil. I like it, but it might be off putting to some who are sensitive to fragrances. Lanolin and beeswax are in the recipe, so it is not vegan. Also, the product is filled based on weight - so at least the larger sized tin will not come completely full.

Overall, I think this is a great product for anyone who wants to take care of their nails. People with nails that are damaged and dry will really love this, as will those with long nails that want to prevent breakage. It helped a nail biter like me grow strong, healthy nails! To put it simply, it's an effective product that does what it claims. 

Ingredients: wool wax (lanolin), beeswax, sodium tetra borate (borax), vegetable oil, cetanol (acetyl alcohol), oil of mustard, and lavender essential oil.

**And it's time for another round of wait before you freak out about something on Skin Deep. Borax is rated 5-6 in the EWG database. However, I would point out that Chemical of the Day, the most cautionary blog of any I know of, says Borax is safe without blinking. Crunchy Betty, another extremely ingredients conscious blogger, did a great article that explained why she finds it safe that is also worth checking out. Now you can breathe easy. Though it is a good idea to avoid biting your nails when you have used Nail Butter.

Where to buy: $19.50 for 1 oz (shown) or $10.50 for 1/2 oz at nailbutter.com. Also available locally in Athens, GA area.

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