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Au Naturale, Concealer and Foundation

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Au Naturale, Crème Concealer in Beige

Ingredients: Organic Castor Oil, Mica, Wildcrafted Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Organic Simmondsia Chinsis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Castor Wax, Iron Oxides, Kaolin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oleoresin, Organic Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Organic Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Zinc Oxide (Non-Nano), Organic Maranta Arledinacea

Another find from green beauty shop Natural Code is Au Naturale‘s Crème Concealer in Beige. This concealer actually looks way too light for my skin tone in the swatch above. But if you look at the picture below where I’ve blended it into my skin you can hardly detect it. Some great ingredients in this concealer, kaolin clay is great for absorbing oils, jojoba oil is also close to the skin’s natural sebum production. Rosemary and Olive are both known as anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants. I like the simplicity of using this concealer. I just dab my fingers into the pot and pat it gently on my under eye circles and blemishes. The coverage can be built up from medium to full. I like to keep it at medium coverage since I think that looks more natural and realistic than being able to cover up all the tiny imperfections. Since my skin is blemish prone and very sensitive I’m quite picky about what I put on my face. I’m happy to report that this concealer didn’t break me out, nor did it cause any other reactions. I’m seriously considering making this concealer my everyday concealer as it’s so easy to use and I like the coverage. The small pot is also very travel friendly, compared to some powder concealers I’ve tried. I would like to play with the other concealer colours (like Buff) to see if that would suit me better.

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Cost: $30.00 CAD, 5.5 ml / 0.2 oz
Available at: Natural Code, Au Naturale
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 5/5

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Au Naturale, Powder Foundation in Sand

Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (Non-Nano), Mica, Titanium Dioxide, and Iron Oxides.

I wanted to like this foundation. However there are too many oxides in this foundation and I found it would leave a very white cast around my eyes and any dry spots. The colour seemed to be the right one for me when I swatched at the store. But when I got it home I realized it was several shades too light for me. Luckily I had some darker pigments I was able to add to this foundation so that I could make it usable for my skin without looking like I was auditioning for Kabuki. The container also isn’t very travel friendly. The large perforated top lets a lot of foundation out. Once you take the plastic sticker off its hard to dispense a little at a time unless you are careful. I tend to like foundations with more clays included in the formulation like Haut’s Bio Mineral Foundation. My skin is already prone to some oilyness and this foundation didn’t work that well for me because of the shininess of the oxides and mica. The oxides can provide great coverage but unless Au Naturale reformulates by adding some clays in, I don’t think I will be repurchasing this foundation again.

Cost: $40.00 CAD, 9 g / 0.3 oz
Available at: Natural Code, Au Naturale
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 3/5

Have you ever tried Au Naturale?

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Product Review: Lippy Girl, Pi Pressed Mineral Foundation


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Ingredients: Zinc Stearate*, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Zinc Oxide, Ethyl Macadamiate, Jojoba Esters, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Lauroyl Lysine, Malic Acid, May Contain (+/-) Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tin Oxide (CI 77861), Ultramarines (CI 77007)) *Plant Derived/origine végétale

Darcey Diehl, the founder of Lippy Girl kindly sent me two samples of their new Pi Pressed Mineral Foundation. I received Peachy Keen and Golden Child in the mail. It turns out that Peachy Keen is the best match for my skin tone. But while Golden Child is shade lighter, I like to use it as a concealer on my blemishes and under my eyes. Those who are scent averse can rejoice that this foundation is basically scentless. As for texture, I found it a bit dense and hard to get on my makeup brush. But it goes onto the skin nicely and left a smooth matte finish behind. The coverage is medium and buildable to full coverage. I really enjoyed trying out this foundation. It didn’t break me out at all, or cause any reactions which is very common for my sensitive skin. I would definitely consider purchasing the full sized product in the future.

Cost: $ 30.00 CAD, 14 g / 0.5 oz
Available at: Lippy Girl
Rating: 4/5


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Product Review: @DeliSkincare Delizioso’s Vanilline and Foundation


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Vanilline

Ingredients: *Coconut Oil, *Rice Bran Wax & Flavor Oil. (* = Certified Organic)

I’m not normally a vanilla fan but this product smells divine! It’s an opaque white cream that melts into your skin on contact. The ingredients are a dream team that work together to moisturize my skin amazingly well. This product will be a godsend during the cold winter months when my skin is normally drier due to exposure to the elements. I can use this everywhere except for my face (coconut oil breaks me out) and hair. It’s great for the lips too. As a multi-use product this is tops on my list. It would be a great gift too for those wanting to go green but not sure where to start.

Cost: $12.50 CAD, 227 g / 8 oz
Available at: Beeseline, Big Carrot, The Natural Beauty Store
Rating: 5/5


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Dual Action Foundation in Lotus (sample)

Ingredients: (*Certified Organic)
*Aloe Vera Gel, *Alginate, Blue Chamomile and *Rose Essential Oils, CoQ10, Extracts of Kola Nut, *Chamomile, *Calendula, Oregon Grape, Orchid, *Lemon, *Sugar Cane, *Green Tea, *Sugar Maple, *Orange, *Bilberry, Horsetail. Apricot vegetable wax, *Jojoba, Watermelon, and Cucumber Carrier Oils, Manuka Honey and Natural Antioxidant Preservative. (May contain +/- Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides and Zinc Oxide (CI77947).

Not much of a smell with this foundation sample, which is a relief. I’ve tried some foundations in the past that had a strong smell. Of course those were the days before I went eco-friendly. This foundation is a perfect colour match for my skin. The ingredients list is a great one as well. The coverage is pretty sheer for me. I’m looking for something with a bit more coverage. Maybe next time I will try their concealer. At the time of writing this post Delizioso is undergoing a website revamp. It looks like the lotus foundation is currently not available on their website. Though the other shades of foundation are listed on the website.

Cost: $36.00 CAD, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Delizioso Skincare
Rating: 4/5


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Product Review: @DeliSkincare Delizioso's Vanilline and Foundation


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Vanilline

Ingredients: Coconut Oil, *Rice Bran Wax & Flavor Oil. ( = Certified Organic)

I’m not normally a vanilla fan but this product smells divine! It’s an opaque white cream that melts into your skin on contact. The ingredients are a dream team that work together to moisturize my skin amazingly well. This product will be a godsend during the cold winter months when my skin is normally drier due to exposure to the elements. I can use this everywhere except for my face (coconut oil breaks me out) and hair. It’s great for the lips too. As a multi-use product this is tops on my list. It would be a great gift too for those wanting to go green but not sure where to start.

Cost: $12.50 CAD, 227 g / 8 oz
Available at: Beeseline, Big Carrot, The Natural Beauty Store
Rating: 5/5


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Dual Action Foundation in Lotus (sample)

Ingredients: (*Certified Organic)
*Aloe Vera Gel, *Alginate, Blue Chamomile and *Rose Essential Oils, CoQ10, Extracts of Kola Nut, *Chamomile, *Calendula, Oregon Grape, Orchid, *Lemon, *Sugar Cane, *Green Tea, *Sugar Maple, *Orange, *Bilberry, Horsetail. Apricot vegetable wax, *Jojoba, Watermelon, and Cucumber Carrier Oils, Manuka Honey and Natural Antioxidant Preservative. (May contain +/- Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides and Zinc Oxide (CI77947).

Not much of a smell with this foundation sample, which is a relief. I’ve tried some foundations in the past that had a strong smell. Of course those were the days before I went eco-friendly. This foundation is a perfect colour match for my skin. The ingredients list is a great one as well. The coverage is pretty sheer for me. I’m looking for something with a bit more coverage. Maybe next time I will try their concealer. At the time of writing this post Delizioso is undergoing a website revamp. It looks like the lotus foundation is currently not available on their website. Though the other shades of foundation are listed on the website.

Cost: $36.00 CAD, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Delizioso Skincare
Rating: 4/5


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Product Review Updates: Antipodes, W3ll People, Rahua, Weleda

I wanted to write updates for some of my older product reviews since things did change over time. It’s amazing how the effect of a product can change depending on what you’re using before or after it. Product formulations also change so sometimes that is the reason why a product may work better or worse for you over time. So without further ado, here are the updates!


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Antipodes, Resurrect Clarifying Facial Toner

Ingredients list: Aqua (purified water), lavendula officinalis (pure distilled lavender water)**, salvia officinalis (distilled sage water), anthemis nobilis (chamomile), naticide (preservative), fragrances of lavender and sage, d-limonene*, geraniol*, linalool*, coumarin*. *Component of essential oil.

Read empties review here.  Read original review here. The first time I tried this product I was using other products around it that completely dried out my skin. It wasn’t pretty. I went back to it again and it worked a lot better for me. But now the efficacy of the toner has waned. It doesn’t seem to do much for my skin now. I’m not going to repurchase this when I have a DIY recipe that works better for me and costs less.

Cost: $32.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.5 fl oz
Available at: Urb Organic Spa, White Apothecary
Rating: 2/5


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W3ll People, Narcissist Foundation & Concealer Stick

Ingredients: Organic sunflower oil, organic castor seed oil, organic beeswax, silica, castor isostearate beeswax succinate, mica (CI 77019), safflower seed oil and organic aloe extract, lysine, tocopherol, proprietary essential oil blend, organic green tea, chamomile. May contain titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499)

Original review.  Read samples review here. Well I’m so glad I stuck with this product because after I found my colour match I’ve been using it every day ever since. I’ve tried other foundations but so far this one has worked the best for me. It gives me a nice, even, golden glow and goes on easily. I wasn’t fond of stick foundation/concealers before W3ll People, but these guys have me convinced. I’ve also tried the Vapour Illusionist Concealer and that didn’t work as well on me. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still try samples of other foundations. But until I find something better this is the one for me. Why mess with perfection?

Cost: $39.00 CAD, 10g / 0.38 oz
Available at: Fresh Faced, Saffron Rouge
Rating: 5/5


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Rahua Beauty, Voluminous Conditioner

Ingredients: Aqua, organic green tea leaf extract, organic lemongrass extract, organic aloe vera leaf extract, colza oil, glycerin, jojoba seed oil, rahua ungurahua oil, stearalkonium chloride (plant-derived), glyceryl stearate, shea butter, hydrolyzed quinoa, potassium sorbate (plant-derived), tocopherol (vitamin E), lavender oil, eucalyptus leaf oil, panthenol, citric acid.
Read original review here. My hair must have gone through some changes. This used to work like a dream on my curly, prone to frizz hair. But when I tried it again 2 months ago it just made my hair limp. Perhaps it’s because I’m using more DIY products on my hair? Now I’m wondering if Rahua’s Finishing Treatment will still work for me or not. I’ll have to experiment and find out!
Cost: $39.00 CAD, 275 ml / 9.3 oz
Available at: Saffron Rouge, Pure + Simple, Fresh Faced
Rating: 3/5 stars


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Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant

Ingredients: Alcohol, Water (Aqua), Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Eugenol*, Farnesol*, Rosa Moschata, Rosa Damascena, Glycerin, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate. * from natural essential oils

Read original review here. Well, I gave up on this deodorant after a while. I started getting sick of the fake rose smell.  Also the alcohol started drying out the skin on my armpits really badly. I’ve come to the realization that spray deodorants aren’t the greatest thing for me. I also wanted to get away from limonene and linalool as much as possible. I know this deodorant works well for a lot of people, so don’t give this a nix just because of my review. But if you have sensitive skin or dry skin, especially on your armpits then you might want to try something less drying.

Cost: $18.55 CAD, 100mL /3.4 fl.oz
Available at: Ambrosia Natural Foods, Saffron Rouge
Rating: 2/5


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June/July: Empties

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Leaves of Trees, Coffee Argan Scrub
Read full review here. I’m testing out another scrub right now. I have to say that I keep comparing it to this one which I like soooo much better. The toothpaste-like tube makes it so no muss no fuss. Plus the scent of this scrub is so strong. But I think I’ll try the Grapefruit/Tangerine scent next time.
Cost: $15.00 CAD, 37 ml / 1.25 oz
(also available in 110 ml / 4 oz)
Available at:
Leaves of Trees, List of stockists, Fresh Faced
Rating:
5/5

Holistic Vanity, Aloe Kumari Cleanser
Read full review here. This is a nice, gentle cleanser and I think I actually like it better than the Holistic Vanity, Rosewater Cleanser. Will probably repurchase in the future.
Cost: $28.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.38 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple
Rating: 5/5

Haut Cosmetics, Beige Brightener (sample)
Read full review here. This brightener is multipurpose. It can be used as both a concealer and a highlighter. I’ve been using it as a concealer and a little goes a long way so the sample size is usually perfect for me. I finished my little pot and am trying a different concealer right now but I may repurchase this in the future.
Cost: Sample size: $6.00 CAD
Full size: $29.50 CAD, 4.25 g / 0.15 oz
Available at: Haut Cosmetics
Rating: 4/5

Haut Cosmetics, Bio Mineral Foundation in Burnt Almond (refill)
Read full review here. I’ve repurchased this foundation many times. Haut now has this available as a refill instead of getting the container with sifter lid every time. I like this idea as the refill option is also cheaper and saves them from having to buy more containers that aren’t needed.
Cost: Refill: $49.95 CAD, 10 g / 0.35 oz
With Container: $59.00 CAD, 10 g / 0.35 oz
Available at: Haut Cosmetics
Rating: 5/5

La Bella Figura, Modern Radiance Concentrate
This stuff is incredibly pricey. Having said that, I bought this bottle in February and gave almost half to my mom to share it with her.  It still lasted me until the end of July. Six months is pretty good, y’all! Looking back, I could’ve just used one pump for my whole face instead of two and then it would have lasted even longer. As for performance, it worked amazingly well at fading my dark spots. Every day the dark spots got lighter until they disappeared. This would be a 5/5 except for the price. Not everyone can afford to lay down so much money for one item. Not sure if I will repurchase this in the future. I’m currently looking to see if I can I find something that works just as well but costs less.
Cost: $169.00 CAD, 30 ml / 1.0 oz
Available at: Clementine Fields, Husk, Eco Diva Beauty
Rating: 4/5

Lily of the Desert, Aloe Vera Gel
No review. According to Adria Vasil, author of Ecoholic, this isn’t the greatest aloe vera gel out there. She gives it a 3 out of 4 rating. Read her article on aloe vera here. But this brand is easily found in most natural food stores. I’ve never heard of or seen Avivir Aloe Gel in any of the natural food stores or online shops I buy from. Anyway, I used this aloe vera gel to make my own leave-in conditioner and hair gel. It works well, but I will be looking for a better aloe vera gel in the future.
Cost: $7.99, 342 g / 12 oz
Available at: Healthy Planet, Nutrition House, Big Carrot
Rating: 3/5

Susdatorium, Conditioner Sampler Set, Hawaii Five Oh and Okra
Winfrey Conditioners

Review to come. I heard about Sudsatorium on twitter and I just had to get some of their products to test them out. I got the conditioner sampler set and a sample size of their Butterfingers hand cream. The first conditioners from the sampler set I finished were the Hawaii Five Oh and the Okra Winfrey. First of all, oh my goodness do these conditioners smell good! They smell very strongly even after my hair dried. I got lots of compliments on how good I smelled while using these conditioners. If you’re sensitive to scents though, these might be too strong for you. Hawaii Five Oh smells like what you would expect, coconutty!  It’s white in colour, smooth in texture and made my hair very shiny. Plus I love the name of this product. Every time I looked at the bottle the theme for Hawaii Five Oh (the tv show) would go through my head. LOL. The next conditioner I finished was Okra Winfrey. Okra Winfrey is a green coloured, somewhat chunky and thick conditioner. I would have liked to see it blended into a smoother texture. My hair smelled very pretty after using this and it also conditioned my hair nicely. Though I found I would still frizz out when the weather got humid. I’ll do a full review of the conditioner sampler set when I’ve used all the 13 sample sizes up.
Cost: $58.95 CAD, 60 ml / 2 oz
Available at:
Sudsatorium Etsy Shop
Rating:
 4/5


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December/January: Empties

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Kahina, Eye Serum, free sample size:
I got this as a free sample from Fresh Faced with my previous order. It’s accurate to call this product a serum as its consistency isn’t as thick as an eye cream. But it’s not a runny serum either. It straddles the line between both. I liked this eye serum lots. I don’t have puffy eyes but I do have under eye circles. This helped lighten the under eye circles quite a bit! It’s kind of pricey though so I’m debating whether or not I want to buy it I’ve heard good things about Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream which is 52.00 NZD for 30 ml. Wishing I could get a sample of Antipodes’ Eye Cream to try out before buying the full size.
Cost: Full size, $65.00 CAD, 0.4 fl oz. / 12 ml
Available at: Fresh Faced
Rating: 4/5

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Yarok, Feed Your Ends – Full review here:
This is one of the staples in my hair care regime. Though I’m trying to be more minimalist so I haven’t repurchased. It smells softly like lemon meringue. And it’s a liquid type of leave-in.  I’ve heard it’s not so great for straight hair. It works great for my loose, curly hair, especially for day 2 hair.
Cost: Full size, $27.00 CAD, 8 oz
Available at: Fresh Faced, Saffron Rouge
Rating: 5/5

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This is the Intro Kit sized cleanser that had been living in my shower!

Holistic Vanity, Rejuvenating Rosewater Cleanser – Full review to come:
This cleanser comes out a white opaque liquid when you pump it out onto your hand. It has a light, creamy consistency & smells so nice to my nose. The main ingredients are rose water, ginseng, tamanu oil, & geranium. I normally don’t like the smell of roses but in this cleanser it’s so mild I can barely smell it. One sign of a good product is how well the different scents of the ingredients blend together. So let’s just say this product is a party for my nose. In terms of effectiveness it really does what it’s advertised to do: “provides a deep-pore cleanse without stripping the skin or its barrier function.” I was using this during my morning showers to wash off whatever treatment I’d left on my face the night before. It never left my skin feeling dry. Rather, my skin felt hydrated & smooth. I even noticed a reduction in acne breakouts. This cleanser made my Best of 2013 list. I would repurchase the full sized bottle next time I run out of cleanser.
Cost: Intro Kit size $68.00 CAD for set of 4 items, 20 ml each, Full size $30.00 CAD, 100 ml
Available at: Pure + Simple
Rating: 5/5

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My empty Haut Bio Mineral Foundation jar. Ready to be repurposed!

Haut Cosmetics, Bio Mineral FoundationFull review here:
Another item from my Best of 2013 list. Haut’s loose mineral foundation is the best I’ve tried so far. It’s finely milled powder with such pure ingredients I keep coming back to it. As I’ve said in my original review, it’s like my skin but better!Plus its Canadian & from one of my fave places: British Columbia. I would definitely repurchase.
Cost: Full size, $59.00 CAD, 10g
Available at: Haut Cosmetics
Rating: 5/5

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Olive Authentique, Dead Sea Mud Soap Bar – Full review to come:
I’m not sure if Olive Authentique is still making this bar since I can’t find it on their website now. I bought this at the One of a Kind Show in Nov 2013 & it’s on my Best of 2013 list as well. It’s a sweet little soap bar. It lasted me longer than I was expecting & was so moisturizing. The scent is so mild you can hardly smell anything. But if I had to describe the smell I would say it’s very clean smelling. I also noticed that while I was using this soap I didn’t get any acne on my neck or back which I’m prone to do. I would repurchase this if it’s still in production!
Cost: Full size, $10.00, 100g
Available at: Olive Authentique
Rating: 5/5

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My empty Pure Anada lip gloss

Pure Anada, Lip Gloss in Strawberry Cream – Full review here:
This lip gloss is pretty thick & opaque for a lip gloss. It’s more like liquid lipstick. I’m into the super shiny lip gloss right now so I’ll probably repurchase when I run out of lip sticks. The container isn’t the best. Sometimes the lip gloss will leak out a little, especially when its newly opened. But it’s nothing that a swipe of tissue won’t take care of.
Cost: Full size, $12.00 CAD, 10 ml, Sample size $1.00 CAD
Available at: The Big Carrot, Pure Anada
Rating: 4/5