Natural/organic lip products I’m throwing out

It came to my attention that I have WAY too many lip products that I simply don’t use, and haven’t for some time. I blame this on several factors:

  • Online purchases are often a disappointment, as the colour I THINK I am getting turns out to be different in real life. A lot of colours just don’t suit my complexion and so I never end up using them
  • I am not a lip person and don’t wear lipstick on a day-to-day basis. I have about 3-5 lip products in solid rotation and never really touch the others. I’d rather spend my money on face products, personally
  • I find it basically impossible to use up a product before it goes out of date. The average shelf-life for a natural lipstick is about 12 months.

So, without further ado, here I present to you some farewell swatches of the lip products I am about to throw away. I will give a little description on some I find worth mentioning. Also please bear in mind that some of these products may be discontinued by now.

From top to bottom:

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Phyt’s lipstick in Pink Suspicion: lovely formula, colour washed me out a little

Terre D’oc lipstick in no.207: again, nice creamy formula, just didn’t really like the colour as much as I thought I would

Honeybee Gardens lipstick in Paradise: formula is a tad drying, colour is too brownish

Lavera lipstick in Rosewood: good formula, but once again the colour was too brown for me

Hemp Organics lip tint in berry: I liked this one, but I don’t tend to go for darker colours

Inika lipstick in Lola 01: this came in a set of products and the colour did not suit me in the slightest. Also very dry formula

Silk naturals kisser slicker in Raindrops on Roses: had this for way too long

Silk Naturals kisser slicker in Breathless: I liked this colour, but have had this for too long now

Silk Naturals kisser slicker in Mirabelle: as above- long overdue to be thrown out!

Burt’s Bee’s lip shimmer in Champagne: too light and sparkly, washed me out

Burt’s Bee’s tinted lip balm in Honeysucksle: ONE OF MY FAVOURITE LIP PRODUCTS OF ALL TIME! I plan to repurchase, but have had this one for several years now so it needs to go

Burt’s Bees natural lip gloss in Juicy Peach: I’m not really a fan of lip gloss. This was ok, but a bit grainy and annoying to wear

Burt’s Bees lip gloss in Ocean Sunrise: once again a bit too light and sparkly for my liking

The All Natural Face vegan lip gloss in Peppermint Stick: too pink, bright and sparkly for me. Delicious scent though if you like mint

The All Natural Face diva stix in Bubblegum: I went through a phase of wearing very bright and bold makeup, but now I find this just a bit too in-your-face pink for me. Also a bit of a drying formula

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So there you have it! I feel really bad thinking of all the money I wasted on these products, but you live and learn I guess. Let me know if next post you want me to show you all the lip products I’m keeping and wear on a more regular basis. I have found that more subtle, pinky-peach colours work best on my skin-tone.

Hope you found this insightful and have a wonderful day πŸ™‚

‘No makeup’ makeup using natural products

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Swatches (left to right): 100% Pure Foundation ‘White Peach’, Aubrey Organics Translucent base ‘Beige’ (barely visible), Lavera mineral rouge powder ‘Lovely Peach 03’, Zuzu Luxe cream brow pencil ‘Russet’, Silk Naturals brow cream ‘Medium Ash’, Nude by Nature lipliner ‘Chique’

Hey! Oh my gosh, Im finally back after yet another hiatus! πŸ˜ƒ

After a lot of experimentation with natural makeup products, I’ve finally come up with a routine that is quick, easy, and looks flawlessly natural.

So without further ado, here it is: my go-to ‘no makeup’ makeup routine

  • 100% Pure super-fruits healthy foundation ‘white peach’
  • Aubrey Organics silken Earth translucent base ‘beige’
  • Lavera ‘lovely peach 03’ mineral rouge powder
  • Zuzu Luxe ‘russet’ cream brow pencil
  • Silk Naturals ‘medium ash’ brow cream
  • Lily Lolo Natural Mascara
  • Nude by Nature natural ‘chique’ mineral lipliner
  • Hurraw chai spice lip balm
  • Real Techniques blending sponge for a flawless application

Application:

  1. The 100% Pure Foundation has a rather drying, matte finish, so I find it best applied straight after moisturising. I find that it sits very well under the Pai Rosehip Oil. Simply squirt a few pumps and blend onto the face with fingers. Use a damp sponge to go over everything and ensure it is well blended. The 100% Pure Foundation is now my HG natural foundation. It is fantastic for oily skin, never breaks me out and has great coverage but somehow still looks so natural.
  2. Apply a small amount of the Aubrey Organics Translucent Powder over the top to set the foundation with a large powder brush. I forgot how good this stuff is!! Although it doesnt act well as a foundation alone due to lack of coverage, it is amazing as a setting powder, and will keep makeup in place all day long
  3. Using a smaller brush, apply the Lavera peach blush to the cheeks. Everyone has their own way of applying blush based on their face shape and bone structure. I find I like it best right on top of my cheekbones, swept away towards my temples. This particular blush might look scarily orange in the pan (and I stayed away from it for a long time because of that), but it seriously just adds the most gorgeous bronzey natural flush of colour when on the face
  4. Give the lashes a couple of generous coats of the Lily Lolo mascara. Make sure you get right at the roots! This particular mascara gives the most amazing combination of length and volume, without being overly clumpy. Thinking of doing a full-review soon to show what a difference it makes to the overall look of the lashes
  5. Use the Zuzu Luxe brow pencil to define the base of the brows with light, feathery strokes. Then go over and blend in slightly with the fingers to avoid it looking harsh. I love this pencil, but find it can be a little stiff, so I like to run the tip of it between my fingers first to warm up the waxes before using it
  6. Using a brow brush, apply the Silk Natural brow powder in any sparse areas, just to give the brows a more full look. This product is my absolute hands-down favourite for the brows. The colour is a PERFECT cool-toned taupe, and it blends in so nicely with my natural brows
  7. Apply the Nude By Nature lipliner just underneath the natural line of the bottom lips. This works an absolute treat for giving the lips a natural fuller-looking appearance.
  8. Smack some Hurraw lipbalm (or any lipbalm of choice) on your lips for some moisture and you are good to go!

As you can see this is a rather minimal approach to everyday makeup, but it is so quick and easy to do when you just want a look that is fresh and natural yet flawless. I find myself going for this look almost every day at the moment.

I hope you guys enjoyed it. Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions or comments about absolutely anything in this post, and I’ll be sure to get back to you. Have a great day! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’š

Review: Haut Cosmetics BB cream and HDD cream

About a month ago I purchased some products from a brand I’d had my eye on for some time- Haut Cosmetics.
Haut Cosmetics may be seen as a high-end natural brand that put simply amazing ingredients into their products. In my eyes it’s almost a cross between skincare and makeup, so as you can imagine I was very keen to try out their BB cream along with a sample of their HDD cream which I purchased from the website Be Naturallyou
I ordered the shade ‘Almond’ in both the BB cream AND HDD cream.

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Let’s start off with the BB cream:

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Top to bottom: BB cream swatched heavily, blended out

Pros:

-Lightweight
-Creamy
-Blends like a dream
-Incredibly natural-looking
-Dewy finish
-Evens out skin-tone and covers minor imperfections
-Stellar ingredients
-Pleasant Smell
-Pretty packaging

Cons:

-Small pot size (7g, 0.25 oz)
-Expensive ($42.95)
-Pot packaging is less hygenic
-Sheer coverage will not cover your average blemish

Application: This BB cream is actually so creamy I didn’t really need to use a sponge to blend it in! Just by using your fingers you’ll get a lovely, even finish. However, I still like to use a dampened sponge to go over some areas and make it perfect. Because I like a more matte finish, I like to apply a little bit of powder over the top, however, this is totally optional.

Shade: Almond is described as being suitable for ‘light skin with yellow or neutral undertones’. I’d say this description is fairly accurate. I have light skin with neutral undertones and this worked really well, perhaps just being a tiny bit too dark on my winter skin. I’m fairly certain that after a bit of sun it will match perfectly though.

Ingredients: aloe juice*, coconut oil*, shea butter*, castor oil, , emulsifying wax nf, calendula extract*, stearic acid, vegetable glycerin, cocoa butter, lavender distillate*, bilberry extract*, sugar cane extract*, sugar maple extract*, orange extract*, lemon extract*, cranberry extract*, papaya extract*, pineapple extract*, vanilla seed ferment, glycolic acid, malic acid, tartaric acid, tocopherol (vitamin E), olive oil*, candelilla wax, coconut Oil*, shea butter*, palm oil*, jojoba oil*, rosehip oil, tocopherol (vitamin E), rosemary oleoresin, neem oil, zinc oxide, titanium oxide, carnauba-coated serecite, kaolin clay, arrowroot powder, Canadian glacial marine clay, Canadian glacial clay, iron oxides.

*Organic

Overall: I really, really love this BB cream. I kind of wish I didn’t though considering it costs $42.95 for 7g (0.25 oz). But the way I justify it is, the ingredients work to actually nourish and improve the condition of your skin, so you would expect to pay a little more. It is PERFECT for days when I want to even out my skin tone and give it a natural-looking glow. Seriously, this product is nearly undetectable on the skin if applied correctly, but it still makes a big difference somehow!

 

Now onto the HDD cream:

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HDD cream swatch

Pros:

-Thick formula with good coverage
-Still natural-looking
-Easy to blend
-More matte finish in comparison to the BB cream
-Stellar ingredients

Cons:

-Expensive ($31.70 for full size)
-Very small pot size (3.5g, 0.125 0z)
-Pot packaging is less hygenic

Application: Although thicker and tackier in consistancy than the BB cream, this product still glides onto the skin with ease, and doesn’t require too much blending to achieve a flawless look. I find it better to warm the product into the skin with my fingers first before going in with a damp sponge to finish off.

Shade: Although I got the same shade, ‘almond’, as I did in the BB cream, I felt that the colour was just a smidgen more on the cool-toned side in comparison. Still fairly accurate though. If you have a neutral skin-tone, this will suit just fine.

Ingredients: olive oil*, candelilla wax, coconut oil*, shea butter*, palm oil*, jojoba oil*, rosehip oil, vitamin e, neem oil, titanium dioxide, carnauba-coated serecite, zinc oxide, arrowroot, canadian glacial marine clay, yellow clay, kaolin clay,Β purslane (lactobacillus/portulaca oleracea) ferment extract, bioferment, kakadu plum extract, iron oxides, vitamin e.
* Organic
Overall: I only really had enough in the sample for one application, however I did really like this stuff! It definately had more coverage than the BB cream, yet still felt as smooth and natural on the skin. I would certainly purchase the full size if it weren’t so expensive, but as it is, I’m just not sure I can justify it. If I did buy it, I’d really only use it as a concealer because there is no way it’d last long enough otherwise.
So there you have it! Those are my thoughts on these two fabulous products. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them down below. Have a great day! πŸ™‚

 

 

July Favourites!

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Yay, here it is! The end of another month and some exciting products to share with you. Let’s get right into it πŸ˜ƒ

The first thing I’ve been absolutely loving are the Pamela’s Products ‘Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies’. These bite-sized buttons of delight are wheat-free, gluten-free, non-dairy, have 0 grams of trans fat and taste freaking DELICIOUS! It’s hard for me to stop at just a few (so do bear that in mind hehe).

The next item is The All Natural Face Cream Blush in ‘Suntan’, which I reviewed in my previous post. I cannot get enough of this stuff! Not only is the price very reasonable ($5.75) but the packaging is gorgeous, the colour is perfect for contouring and the formula itself is creamy and has very decent staying-power (only fades slightly after 4 hours).

The Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner is a favourite among many in the natural beauty community, and I can totally see why. I have the colour in ‘Raven’-a beautiful matte black. Let me just say, if you’re struggling to part with your toxic equivalent, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THIS PRODUCT! It is almost perfect. The wand makes application a breeze, and the formula itself is incredibly long-lasting. Seriously, once applied, this stuff ain’t budging (unless you do something stupid like forcefully rub a greasy hand across your eyelids).

Next up we have The Body Shop Perfume in the scent ‘Moringa’– yep, I know this isn’t technically ‘natural’ *hangs head in shame*, but I’m still on the hunt for an affordable natural perfume that has good staying power. Most of the ones I have tried just fade after an hour or so. Anyway, this product smells SO good! It was love at first whiff. I would describe the scent as a mix of fresh and floral. The best part is that it does last a long time and can be smelt by people within a 1 metre radius.

Finally the ‘Troubled Skin Serum’ from Rainwater Botanicals. I attribute the vast improvement of my hormonal breakouts greatly (but not of course entirely) to this product. I’ve totally stripped-down my skincare routine to include basically just this product and coconut oil, and it seems to have been working a treat. The ingredients of this product are stellar: Organic Aloe Juice, DMAE, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Rooibos Tea Extract, Emulsifying Wax, Organic Green Tea Extract, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Tamanu Oil, Organic White Tea Extract, Vitamin E, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitamin B3, MSM, Organic Black Willowbark Extract, Xantham Gum, essential oils of frankincence and sandalwood. I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for an affordable and effective acne serum.

So there you have it, my favourites for the month of July! Feel free to leave a comment telling me what you’ve been loving this past month.

Natural + Organic Contour Products

Heyyyyy!

Today I’d like to share with you a few products that I use to add a little shape and dimension to my face. They are either products I am currently using, have used in the past, or would like to use in the future (wishlist items)

Personally, I am a huge fan of creme products because I just find they are easier and tend to look more natural. However, if I am using a powder foundation I tend to use powder products to contour because…I don’t really know, I guess I just feel like they go together!

The products I am going to be doing a mini-review on today are:

  • Dr Hauschka Balancing Teint Powder
  • Kjaer Weis cream blush in ‘Abundance’
  • Everyday Minerals eyeshadow in ‘Nutmeg’
  • The All Natural Face cream blush in ‘Suntan’

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The Dr Hauschka Balancing Teint Powder is probably my least favourite of the four. This particular product is actually not intended for contouring so perhaps that is why! The final colour in the trio is a nice browny-taupe though, making it somewhat suited to this purpose. Overall, in spite of the fabulous cool-toned colour, I found this product to be just too sheer, plus the thin strip of colour makes application difficult. You can only really use a very thin brush to get at the contour-colour; if you use a big brush you’ll end up picking up the pink and white shades in the trio, making the colour even MORE diluted! I’m pretty certain the Balancing Teint Powder is discontinued, however I have still seen it available on certain sites if you are interested in picking it up

The Kjaer Weis cream blush was definately the most expensive of the lot, and in terms of colour, it is probably not the best to choose for contouring. HOWEVER, I still just love this product. Not only is the packaging simply stunning (as is the case with all Kjaer Weis makeup), the product itself goes on very smoothly and lasts for a very, very long time. I actually like to layer a little on top of The All Natural Face Cream Blush in ‘Suntan’, and I find this not only gives a great natural colour, but increases the staying power.

Everday Minerals eyeshadow in ‘Nutmeg’ is obviously also not designed for contouring, but the shade is simply perfect- I’d say the best out of the four. The main drawback being that it is loose powder and therefore application is a little more difficult. If you’re on a tight budget though and don’t mind the fact that it takes a little more time to apply, this would be an option I’d highly recommend! Again, this product has unfortunately been discontinued, however there are still some available on Lucky Vitamin, so if you wanna pick some up you’d better hurry!

Finally, my favourite of the bunch- The All Natural Face Cream Blush in ‘Suntan’– the price, colour and formula make it an all-around winner. This product is creamy, pigmented and has very decent staying power. It is super-easy to apply and also comes in very cute packaging. Definately a must-have item for me.

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Pictured outside From left to right: Everyday Minerals Eyeshadow in ‘Nutmeg’, Dr Hauschka Balancing Teint Powder, The All Natural Face Cream Blush in ‘Suntan’, Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in ‘Abundance’

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Pictured Inside *as above*

And now, moving onto my wishlist items!

The Pumpkin and Poppy Michelle Cream Face Contour is something I’ve been eyeing off for a long time now! I love that this has been designed specifically for contouring, so the shade is a cool-toned taupe rather than bronze. Obviously I can’t say much for how it performs right now but after I try it out I’ll do a full-review!

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Another item is the Pumpkin and Poppy Oak Bark Cool-Toned Contouring Powder, which has recieved a lot of love from many natural beauty bloggers.

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What I would simply LOVE to see would be a pressed contour powder that is cool-toned, and as yet I haven’t come across any natural/organic products that fit the bill. If you know of any, PLEASE leave them as suggestions in the comments!

Have a wonderful day and keep smiling! 😊