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.

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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! 😊

 

 

Review: 100% Pure Healthy Skin Foundation With Super Fruits

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I picked up a few products a while back from Good Earth Beauty and decided as a last minute thing to pick up a sample of the 100% Pure Healthy Skin Foundation in ‘White Peach’, the second lightest shade.

I honestly can’t even remember right now what the other things I bought were, because funnily enough the standout product was undoubtedly the little sample pot of foundation! I had enough for about 5 applications and loved it so much I just HAD to get the full-size!

Unfortunately I knew based on the sample that the white peach colour was just a smidgen too dark for me at this time of year (should be perfect in summer though), so I went ahead and also purchased ‘creme’, the lightest shade, intending to mix these two colours together to get the perfect match.

Good Earth Beauty were out of stock at the time, so I purchased the ‘white peach’ shade from the website Natural Solutions and the ‘creme’ shade from an ebay site Ardent Beauty. It was rather annoying that I had to get them from two different websites and pay separate postage, but Natural Solutions only emailed me last-minute saying that the ‘creme’ shade was out of stock. Meh, whatever.

Anyway, down to the review. As you already know, I LOVE this stuff! Definitely the best all-natural liquid foundation I have tried so far. First of all, I love how natural-looking this foundation is. I found that the perfect way to apply this is on top of a facial oil that has been given a few minutes to soak in. I then go in with my fingers to spread it out and go over the top of that with a beauty-blender (or my Real Techniques equivalent) to press it into the skin and make it blend flawlessly. The biggest problem I have found with natural foundations is that they tend to look flaky, obvious and unnatural, but not so with this product!

Coverage is definately medium. It is heavy enough to cover redness and subtle spots but if you have a monster blemish you will probably need to go over this with a concealer or pressed powder. I am overall very satisfied with the coverage this offers because while I prefer something a little more heavy-duty than a tinted moisturizer, I don’t want to feel as though I am wearing a mask. This foundation definately still allows your natural skin to show through, while covering up the majority of imperfections. Also, the product is certainly build-able, though applying too much can tend to make it look cakey. If you’re after denser coverage, applying it with a brush rather than sheering it out with a beauty-blender might be the way to go (however, in my experience blending it with a sponge certainly makes for a more natural, aribrushed finish).

Another thing to note- this has a very matte finish, so if you’re a dewy girl this mightn’t be your cup of tea; however because my skin tends to be a little oily I am a huge fan. I find that because of this there is no need to set it with a powder. If you find it looks too dull and want to add some glow back to your skin you can mix it with a bit of liquid highlight or simply add some to the high points of your face.

Staying power is also very impressive- I can easily wear this all day, and it still looks good after 8 hours. I even exercised in this (yes, I know this is a no-go but I did it anyway #rebellyf) and it didn’t look gross when I finished! Obviously it doesn’t look as perfect as it did in the morning after I had just applied it, but still, I don’t even think non-natural foundations have that super staying power ability, so overall I am very happy with this product in that regard.

Some information about the shades, to be honest I didn’t notice much of a difference between ‘creme’ and ‘white peach’ after all. Creme is just a little bit lighter, and tends to be aimed at cool skin tones, whereas white peach has a slightly more yellow (though overall neutral) undertone. I prefer the overall colour of white peach so I will mix this in with creme to lighten it up a bit, and hopefully this will be perfect and match my pale winter complexion.

Finally, the ingredients are very pure. The first listing is organic aloe vera, which we all know is fabulous for the skin. The rest is a mix of fruit extracts and vitamins, which I imagine are high in antioxidants. It also has an SPF of 20 from titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for those who are concerned about sun protection. the ONLY thing I have to add is that this product does contain Japanese Honeysuckle extract, and I know that several people in the ‘green community’ have an issue with this, as apparently it can act in a similar way to parabens (at least that is my understanding based on the little bit of research I have done). Of course this is a personal choice, but the way I see it, I am already avoiding a tonne of mainstream chemicals as it is so I am not really fussed about something at the end of the list that may be a bit dubious. Compared to your standard Nars or L‘Oreal foundation, this one is a HECK of a lot more natural and beneficial for the skin. I have also found that it does not break me out, which is always a bonus!

Pros:

  • Natural-looking finish
  • All-natural ingredients
  • Good coverage
  • Feels light on the skin
  • Quite a decent variety of shades (7 to choose from)
  • Great staying power 8+ hours
  • Matte finish
  • Does not break me out
  • Decent price of $35 USD (though this will go up if you’re in Australia like me)
  • Vegan

Cons:

  • Shade range could be expanded (I think very pale girls might have difficulty finding a perfect match)
  • Not suitable for those with dry skin, or those looking for a dewy finish
  • Not widely available in countries outisde the US (I had to do a bit of searching to come across companies that would ship to Australia)
  • Applying too thickly can lead to it looking cakey and unnatural
  • Japanese Honeysuckle?

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Juice)1, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Extracts of Prunus Persica Fruit (Peach), Prunus Armeniaca Fruit (Apricot), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Bean) and Lycium Barbarum Fruit (Goji Berry), Euterpe Oleracea Pulp (Acai) Oil, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract (Pomegranate Oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Extracts of Organic Camelia Sinensis Leaf Ferment (White Tea)2, Coffea Arabica (Coffee Cherry), Aristotelia Chilensis (Maqui Berry), Vitis Vinifera Skin (Muscadine Grape), Garcinia Mangosteen Peel (Mangosteen), Malpighia Punicifolia Fruit (Acerola), Sambucus Canadensis (Elderberry), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed, Lonicera Caprifolium (Japanese Honeysuckle) SUNSCREEN ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: 15% Titanium Dioxide, 10% Zinc Oxide

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100% Pure Healthy Skin Foundation in shades ‘white peach’ (left) and ‘creme’ (right)

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‘White peach’ and ‘creme’ blended out slightly

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Both shades blended together

Recycle, Reuse + Rejoice tag

I was tagged by Dana from Hearty Habits to do the ‘Recycle, Reuse + Rejoice’ tag. She has a fabulous blog about living a healthy, natural lifestyle and I highly recommend you go check her out!

Anyways, I know I was tagged like forever ago to do this but better late than never so here goes…

What motivated you to become more eco-friendly?:

I suppose I have just always grown up with the mentality to minimise waste and respect the environment. However, ‘natural’ living goes hand-in-hand with being ‘eco-friendly’ so I suppose my healthier lifestyle has resulted in me buying products that are more friendly to the environment

Do you adopt an ecological lifestyle, or do you stick to green beauty only?:

To be perfectly honest, I don’t think too much about living an ecological lifestyle. There is not too much thought put into the packagaing of products I buy, which is something I suppose I should work on. So I guess you could say I just stick mainly to buying toxic-free products as I know these are healthier for both me and the environment

Which ingredients are your store cupboard essentials, with many beauty uses?

Oooh, love this one. Firstly coconut oil, which is great for cooking and as a moisturiser for skin and hair. Secondly, raw honey which is freaking delicious and also great to use as a face-mask for fighting blemishes. Finally, apple cider vinegar is another cupboard essential I could not live without- I use this stuff as a toner everyday and also take it internally.

My favourite plastic-free product is:

Glass jars which are reusable and are used to house products such as nuts, coconut cream and various homemade concoctions

My favourite leftovers (food or beauty) is:

Juice! Juicing is a healthy way to use up bits of vegetables and fruit that you have lying around. Just throw anything you have on-hand into the juicer and voila!

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My favourite food that’s good for my health is:

Cocao. Theres no denying I am a chocoholic! Its great that raw cacao powder is actually packed full of antioxidants so I dont have to feel guilty when I indulge in my morning smoothie or Dr Mercola cocoa cassava bars

Is there any beauty or lifestyle product you make yourself? Tell us about it!

Not specifically, however I do experiment making my own face products. Ages ago my Aunty gave me an old book called ‘Natural Beauty’ by Lorna Horrocks that had all these cool homemade cleansers, toners and moisturizers using herbs and various other kitchen products. I have tried out a few and its really quite fun. For example I made my own toner by juicing cucumber, mint and adding some lemon.

What kind of β€˜eco’ drives you to a product most? E.g. organic? fair-trade? recyclable? cruelty-free?

Generally if anything is all-natural that is a huge tick, both for food and beauty products. Where possible I try to also buy organic.

Finally, are there any products which are not so eco-friendly, but you’re still struggling to part with?

Yes, there’s no way I could part with technology! Sorry, that’s just not happening! 😝

 

I feel like I’ve left this too long to tag anyone else, but if you’re is reading this and want to join in, by all means, please feel free! ❀❀❀

 

February Favourites!

Apologies for being so terribly late with this, but better late than never, right? πŸ˜›

February has been a month of discovery for me. I have tried many new products, but also re-discovered old ones that I’d forgotten about and subsequently come to love.

So here it is, my February favourites *drum roll*

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  • Silk Naturals Lash Serum: this stuff actually works. I did use it quite a while back, but ran out and took my time ordering another. The serum now comes in a handy pump dispenser, so it’s far more convenient. I didn’t use to use it on my lashes, only my brows to try and regrow some sparse areas. But now I use it on both, and it has made a subtle, yet noticeable difference in both areas. My lashes appear to have thickened a tad, and some sparse areas of my brows have hair growing back. I would, however, not recommend going overboard because sometimes the hairs just need a break once in a while (I’ve found that it works best using it a few times a week on the brows).
  • Rainwater Botanicals Perfume Sample in ‘Rain All Day’: so I recently ordered a bunch of samples from Rainwater Botanicals (should have a post on this soon) and one of them included this perfume sample. First off you should note that I LOVE the smell of rain. Fresh, earthy, green. Ugh, it’s just the best!! So this was a must-try for me. Out of all the perfumes samples I tried, this was probably my favourite (tied with maybe Jasmine Winds). Staying power isn’t great, but I think I’d be able to test that better with a full size product. This is somewhat similar to my One Seed ‘Freedom’ perfume, but a LOT less expensive!
  • EO Products Peppermint Hand Sanitizer: when my favourite Hugo Naturals Peppermint-Vanilla hand sanitizer became discontinued, I thought my world had ended! πŸ˜› But now I can breathe knowing that there is another that I love probably just as much. This smells exactly like a lovely, sweet peppermint lolly. I take it everywhere!
  • Rainwater Botanicals Dead Sea Salt Spray: this stuff is the bomb! I use it in conjunction with the Skin Apotheke Gorgeous Hair Rescue Serum (see below) after a shower and it just gives my hair a really nice texture and appearance. If you have naturally loose curls then this will just enhance them and bring them to life! If not, it will give you that nice, casual beachy wave look.
  • Skin Apotheke Gorgeous Hair Rescue Serum: the first thing that hit me when I opened this up was the smell- OMG ITS SO GOOD!!! Like seriously, if they had a perfume of this, I would buy it in a jiffy! The first time I used this, I put it in the roots of my hair, which unfortunately made them rather oily. I now only use it on the ends after I’ve washed my hair and it is still a tad damp, and run it through with my fingers. The ingredients are fantastic and my hair feels super soft after I apply it. HIGHLY recommend this product to anyone, regardless of hair type.
  • W3ll People Universalist Colorstick no.3: this was one of those re-discovery products. I remember being disappointed when I first received it, because the colour was different to what I’d been hoping for. I was hoping it would be the perfect cream contour colour, but it was a bit too much on the rosy side for that. On the other hand, I assumed it would be too dark and just not the right colour for me as a blush, but I was totally wrong. I don’t know what it is about this, but the colour just comes off as a nice, earthy, natural flush on your cheeks, and when you apply it in the right place it actually works very well at giving your face some structure. So, big thumbs up for this one, I love it now!
  • Dr Hauschka Translucent Makeup in 00: I don’t what it is about this. I can’t say it really does a lot, but for some reason I just love it. I think I’d describe it more as a primer or tinted moisturizer rather than a foundation because the coverage is so sheer. But it just works really well at evening out the skin and acting as a base for powder. It never looks cakey on me, and my skin reacts well to it, which are two reasons why I’ve been loving it at the moment. This was another re-discovery product and I’m nearly out of it now, so I’ll be looking at purchasing another bottle. One thing to note about this product, 00 is the lightest shade and I’d describe my skin as light, so people with very fair skin may not find a match 😦
  • Lucy Minerals Foundation in Bisque: so my Lucy Minerals package arrived (should be a full review coming soon) sometime towards the latter end of February, but I don’t need to have been using this long to tell you how much I love it! For something with such great coverage, it looks incredibly natural! On top of that, the shade I got matches my skin better than any other foundation I have used, and my skin has, dare I say it, actually improved since using this!
  • Jane Iredale PureBrow Colour in blonde: total rediscovery. I don’t know why I stopped using this, It is amazing! Gives the brows a completely natural-looking finish and keeps them in place all day. I would perhaps like the shade to be a little darker for my eyebrows (I have medium brown hair) but the blonde has great taupe-ish undertones and still does a fine job regardless. Later on I may consider getting the ‘brunette’ and mixing the two shades together to get the perfect custom-made colour.
  • Dr Mercola Organic Cocoa Cassava Bar: forget February, this has been a YEAR-round favourite! But I havent always been able to get them because they are fairly expensive and I go through them so quickly (I would happily live off these things!!). Although it feels like you are eating something completely naughty, the best thing is knowing that you’re not! The ingredients are as amazing as the taste. They are highly addictive though, so don’t say I didn’t warn you!