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.

the good one

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, 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! 🙂

 

 

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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

Good Places to Start with Natural Makeup

Helloooooo!

It can be a little overwhelming and confusing when you first decide to switch your makeup to completely natural products, as there are a plethora of companies out there that are into promoting the whole ‘green’ image thing, BUT, a lot of these companies are misleading in their advertising and have products that are in many ways as bad as the conventional stuff.

So what’s a girl to do? 😒

Well, I hope this will help in some small way. I have compiled a list of a few trustworthy makeup brands from either end of the budget spectrum

Affordable:

http://host.silknaturals.com/creb/index.php

Silk Naturals have a GREAT range of loose eyeshadow pigments, blushes, lip colours and other novelty products

http://www.theallnaturalface.com

The All Natural Face, similar in price point to Silk Naturals, but with a different variety of products, including creme foundation and creme blushes

http://www.honeybeegardens.com/category/natural-cosmetics.html

Honeybee Gardens have some really awesome products, at very affordable prices!

http://www.benecos.eu/en/products/colour-cosmetics/make-up/

Benecos is fabulous! High praise for this very affordable and innovative makeup brand

http://www.lilylolo.co.uk/

Natural makeup brand based in the UK. Lily Lolo products come in a wonderful range and look so high-end , yet are very reasonably priced.

http://www.physiciansformula.com/en-us/product-line/organic-wear.html

Physician’s Formula Organic Wear is a very popular branch of makeup from the main line. Their ‘Fakeout’ mascara has now become a staple in my makeup collection

http://www.terrafirmacosmetics.com/cosmetics.html

This brand has always intrigued me. Price point is very good and there are some interesting-looking products

http://www.brijacosmetics.com/

A fairly new brand of makeup developed by natural beauty blogger iluvjesse444, who I have been following for some time. The range  is continuing to expand, and there are now both powder and creme products

http://www.faerieorganic.com/

Probably on the higher end of affordable, but nevertheless very reasonably-priced products. I would love to get my hands on their eye-primer!

http://www.lucyminerals.com/

I’ve heard wonderful things about the mineral foundation and have order two shades, which are on their way! Just be wary of the mascara and lip luster, which are non-natural. If you stick with the powder, you should be fine!

http://www.cowgirldirt.com/natural-mineral-cosmetics

Cowgirl Dirt- I always thought the name was funny, but apparently the products are good! 😉

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/pumpkinandpoppy

Pumpkin and Poppy have some very cool products that are loved by many natural-makeup geeks! The oak bark contouring powder is just one example. Do be a bit careful though, because not ALL the products are completely natural. I’m pretty certain they are labelled though, allowing you to tell which ones are and which ones are not.

http://www.shirocosmetics.com/index.htm

If you like a great selection of loose natural eyeshadows, this is a fabulous website! I also love how they have themed collections

http://www.sheermiracle.com/categories/Mineral-Makeup/

No-one seems to have explored this brand much, but many of the products look intriguing. I would love to try their eyeshadow quads and natural creme concealer

https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/ErzulieCosmetics?ga_search_query=makeup&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=AU&ga_search_type=all&ref=sr_gallery_26

Erzulie Cosmetics are an Etsy brand that have some cute and creative products

Mid-Range

http://www.alimapure.com/

Alima Pure only offer powder products (apart from their lip colours), but their foundations come in pretty much every shade imaginable, and have received very favourable reviews

https://www.gabrielcosmeticsinc.com/

Gabriel/ Zuzu Luxe cosmetics

Gabriel and sister-line Zuzu Luxe have some fantastic products with very neat, ‘conventional-like’ packaging. I have heard wonderful things about the Zuzu Luxe liquid liner and brow pencil, as well as the Gabriel liquid foundation and pressed powder

http://www.100percentpure.com/

Unfortunately this brand does not ship directly to countries outside USA, but there are other places to get them from online. But seriously, if you’re all about cute packaging and unique products, this is the brand for you!

http://www.lavera.com/lavera-products/organic-makeup.html/

Lavera appear to have been the front-runner for Natural cosmetics for a long time now.

http://www.afterglowcosmetics.com/

I must admit I haven’t yet tried any products from Afterglow Cosmetics, but they are definitely worth a look-in as the range is quite extensive and reasonably-priced

http://www.eccobella.com/makeup/

Ecco Bella have a great range of products, many of which are pressed, making it handy to place in a Z-Palette if you own one.

http://www.laurenbrookecosmetiques.com/

I have been curious about this makeup line for the longest time, and on many occasions have been so close to buying a whole heap of products! The range is impressive, with both creme, pressed and powder products.

http://www.everydayminerals.com/store/

Just some all-round dependable powder products, with the range constantly developing

http://www.mychelle.com/

Creme-based products with some favourable reviews

http://www.rejuvaminerals.com/store/

Not a lot of fuss has been made about this brand, but I’ve tried some of their products and they are quite impressive! Not to mention the range of products is expanding

http://www.greenpeople.co.uk/eco-makeup.aspx

Green People don’t have a massive range, but their products look professional and innovative

http://www.juicebeauty.com/

Juice Beauty have a lot of products that are well-renowned in the green beauty world, such as their Stem Cellular CC cream

http://www.buffd.com/index.php?main_page=index

Colour-range is impressive- over 60 shades of foundation!

http://www.unebeauty.com/en/products/make-up.html

Une products are only available online through lovelula.com and naturisimo.com, however the look of the products make me think it is worth the trouble! I love how the products list the percentage of natural ingredients used in them (which is usually always above 98%)

http://www.essential-care.co.uk/organic-makeup.html

Small but lovely range of products with nourishing ingredients. Their eyeshadow palettes look enticing

http://www.sante-usa.com/

A European makeup brand that sell a lot of great products!

http://www.aunaturaleglow.com/

Au-Naturale is a fresh-looking makeup brand that has a great variety of both powder and creme products. On the higher end of mid-range, as some of the products are a tad pricey.

http://www.pureandsimple.ca/index.php?route=product/category&path=273_141

Pure + Simple have some great-looking products, including BB creams which I would love to try out!

http://www.thepureboutique.com/category_1/Pure-Anada-Makeup.htm

Pure Anada have a fabulous range of pressed and loose products. Their mascara has also received great reviews from many natural bloggers

http://www.alvanaturalskincare.co.uk/10-makeup/

Alva have some really interesting and innovative products. I am a fan of their liquid eye-shadows and would love to try their new BB cream

http://suncoatproducts.com/

Suncoat has a small but fascinating variety of products including pressed blushes and eyeshadow duos

http://www.aubrey-organics.com/custom.aspx?id=33

A rather small but dependable range of makeup products from Aubrey Organics

http://mineralfusion.com/

Mineral Fusion have a wide range of products, the only catch being that many contain the preservative phenoxyethanol. If you don’t have a problem with this, however, you should love these products!

http://www.cheekycosmetics.ca/index.html

Cute, natural cosmetics, mostly in loose powder form. Lipstick is also on the menu!

http://www.earthsbeauty.com/collections/the-look-you-want-the-ingredients-you-trust

Small selection of trust-worthy makeup products- ‘the look you want, the ingredients you trust’

High-End

http://kjaerweis.com/shop/

Pretty freakin’ expensive, but Kjaer Weis have such elegant, chic packaging and rave reviews of their products that they’re definitely one worth checking out!

http://www.zuiiorganic.com/products/

Zuii Organic is an Australian company relatively new to the scene, and is expanding their line with new and exciting products!

http://www.christopherdrummond.com/cart.php?m=splash

Christopher Drummond is one brand I am dying to try! Products to keep an eye out for are the Duo-Phase Concealer and Saude Pele Radiance Booster. The company also offers Sample Kits which are less expensive and worth purchasing if you just want to dip your feet in!

http://www.rmsbeauty.com/shop/index.php

RMS Beauty is fast-becoming a revolutionary makeup brand in the way of natural cosmetics, with versatility being a key feature of the products. The Living lUminizer is a definite stand-out, as well as the Lip2Cheek products…actually, scrap that, everything from RMS is worth trying!

https://janeiredale.com/au/en.htm

Another leader in Natural cosmetics, Jane Iredale has a fantastic range of products for all ages and skin-tones

http://www.vapourbeauty.com/

Vapour Organic Beauty are a very well-renowned, award-winning green makeup brand that have some awesome products for face, eyes and lips. Their multi-use blushes are a clear winner for me

http://w3llpeople.com/

W3ll People are another brand that have recieved glorious accolades in the green beauty world. Their products just seem to be consistently amazing

https://sapphocosmetics.com/

Me want to try liquid foundation! As well as everything else from this awesome little brand…

https://store.drhauschka.com/naturalskincare/items/1-S1-lV1DECO.aspx

Sort of on the cheaper side of high-end. Dr Hauschka are absolute guns when it comes to natural makeup, and personally I can vouch for a lot of their products including their translucent makeup, mascara and pressed eyeshadow palette

http://www.pravera.co.uk/shop/terre-doc/make-up

What can I say? Their stuff just looks so.freaking.cool!

http://loveorganicbeauty.com.au/

This is the Australian Website for Couleur Caramel, but the brand can be found in many places. Unique products with neat packaging. I have heard good things about the mascara in particular.

http://www.nveyeco.com/

Nvey Eco is an Australian brand that has spread its branches across the globe. I have the cake eyeliner and one of their eyeshadow palettes, which I use a lot.

http://inika.com.au/

Another Australian brand that has received a lot of love from natural makeup enthusiasts!

http://ereperez.com/shop/

Ere perez have some really great products. I LOVE their natural waterproof mascara, and am dying to get my hands on their natural cheek tints next. I love how the range is constantly developing

http://hautcosmetics.ca/

So many of these products are ones I’ve been wanting to try for the longest time! While the range isn’t massive, I really love how innovative they are with their products

http://www.musq.com.au/

An Australian natural makeup brand with some very chic-looking products. This particular brand seems to be fairly underground amongst natural makeup bloggers, and I’d love for someone (or even me, perhaps) to test out some of the range!

http://gourmetbodytreats.com/product-category/makeup/

Cute packaging, stellar ingredients and a great variety of products!

http://www.theorganicpharmacy.com/organicglam-makeup/

Organic Glam have a very sleek, up-market feel to them. I think their concealer palette would be great for natural makeup artists

Wow! This ended up being quite a list! I hope this isn’t information overload for natural makeup beginners, but at least it can give you a few options when it comes to replacing your products. The crazy thing is, this isn’t even all the natural brands I know of, but I selected the ones that I felt had the best range of products with safe, trust-worthy ingredients to save people the hassle of having to do it themselves.

If you have any questions or want to add any suggestions yourself, please feel free to leave a comment! 🙂

RMS Beauty ‘Un’ coverup- Pros and Cons

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Shades ’11’ and ’22’

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Without flash

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With flash

Pros:

  • Very decent coverage
  • Stays put, especially when a powder is applied over the top
  • My skin reacted well to this, and I think it may have actually HELPED to minimise breakouts
  • When applied correctly, can have a very natural finish, like second skin
  • Completely natural ingredients

Neutral:

  • Dewy finish
  • Yellow undertones (especially number 11)
  • Scent is very neutral- neither pleasant nor offensive

Cons:

  • Sticks to dry patches
  • Skin must be well-prepped before applicaton
  • Expensive- $36 for .20oz/5.67g
  • Tends to be a bit cakey (particularly around dry areas)
  • I find the formula to be very stiff in winter time- almost too stiff to use
  • Limited shades available
  • Somewhat ‘shiny’ appearance

Application:

Most people recommend using your fingers for this product, and I tend to agree. I like to take a big chunk out and smooth it over my face with my fingers, letting it sit for a bit and then using a patting motion to go over the top of blemishes

Overview:

I seriously cannot make my mind up about this product! Some days I’ll love it, other days I’ll hate it. I think this type of concealer is particularly suited to those who tend to have very smooth, non-problematic skin. As my skin is a tad bumpy it is sometimes hard to blend, and therefore seems to emphasise dry patches and not look very natural. I also prefer a matte look, and the finish of this product certainly isn’t matte. While I don’t tend to wear under-eye concealer, I can see this working well for this purpose, because it does stay put and the slight yellow undertones would be good at covering dark circles and blue/grey areas.

Overall:

3/5

Would I repurchase?

Maybe…but probably not. I don’t know that this particular concealer is the best fit for my needs. Besides, I’m always on the lookout for new products and I have my eyes on the Christopher Drummond concealer to try next! 🙂