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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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Studio 78 Paris, Let’s Get Married Liquid Lipstick in Rose Wedding 03

Earlier this summer I visited green beauty shop Natural Code for the first time. One of the brands I found there was Studio 78 Paris, a brand I’ve been wanting to try for a while now. I nabbed one of their liquid lipsticks and have been using it for a while now.

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Ingredients: Ricinus Communis Seed oil*, Silica, Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate/Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, Glyceryl Rosinate, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Extract, Cocos Nucifera Oil*, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil*, Persea Gratissima Oil*, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil*, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract*, Parfum, Limonene, Linalool. May Contain: CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77742, CI 77510, CI 77007

This is a beautifully thick liquid lipstick that can easily be sheered out for a softer look. I chose the Rose Wedding 03 shade which is a bright fuschia colour. It’s funny that the name of this shade is Rose Wedding when it looks more pinkish to me. Anyway, when this velvet lipstick is sheered out it almost looks like a soft coral. The applicator tip is an angeled hard sponge tip and the lipstick comes out in a small hole in the middle. You push a button on the bottom to get more lipstick to come out. When I first opened up the lipstick I found it strange that I had to click the button for about 10 minutes continuously to get any lipstick. But when it finally got to the top of the applicator it wasn’t hard after that to get the colour dispensed. The colour pigmentation of this lipstick is quite intense and in texture it’s a creamy formula. This is the kind of lipstick you want to wear when you’re at an event like a wedding and want the colour to last all day long. I found it dried my lips out though, so for those with desert lips like me, I would suggest applying a layer of lip balm before lipstick. I wouldn’t use this lipstick for everyday wear since I’m more accustomed to using lighter lipsticks. But it’s a great ecobeauty product to replace something like Revlon’s Long Lasting Lipsticks, which contain ingredients that aren’t the best for your skin.

Cost: $32.00 CAD, 2 ml / 0.07 oz
Available at: Natural Code, Clementine Fields, NubonNau
Brand Origin: France
Rating: 4/5

Have you tried Studio 78 Paris products? What did you think of them?


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June/July: Empties

John Masters Citrus and Neroli Detangler (sample) – No Review

I mixed a sample size of this into my aloe vera juice leave-in for an extra moisturizing and detangling kick. It worked very well, though it leaves a sticky white residue in my spray bottle. Currently I’m undecided if I want to repurchase or try a more DIY approach to a detangler.

Cost: $24.75 CAD, 236 ml / 8.0 oz
Available at: Clementine Fields, Thair, Well.ca
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 3/5

Holistic Vanity, Calming Aloe Kumari CleanserReview

This is one of my favourite cleansers. When my skin is reactive and needs a break from everything I can safely use this cleanser without making matters worse. The Aloe Kumari Cleanser is actually part of the rosacea line but also works well for any sensitive skin types. I’ve repurchased this cleanser many times and will continue to do so.

Cost: $28.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.4 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple, Glam Goes Green
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Marie Veronique Advanced, Gentle Retinol Serum (sample) – Review

This is a great quality retinol from Marie Veronique Advanced. While I enjoyed using this retinol a lot, the price is a bit much for me. So I’m off to search for something more affordable. However, if I don’t find something that works as well as this retinol I would definitely repurchase it.

Cost: $110.00 USD, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Marie Veronique AdvancedLilou Organics
Rating: 4/5

Lily Lolo, Concealer in CaramelReview

This concealer is the best one I’ve used so far. The texture is so light that you wouldn’t be able to tell I’m wearing it just by looking at me. Also the shade is almost perfect. If this were one or two shades darker I wouldn’t have to use a powder foundation on top to blend & correct the colour. Also a few granules of concealer spreads very well on the skin so you don’t need much to do spot concealing or even your whole face.

Cost: $21.00 CAD, 4.5 g/ 0.2 oz
Available at: White Apothecary, Lily Lolo USANaturismo
Brand Origin: UK
Rating: 4/5

Odacite, Intensive Hand and Heel Therapy (sample) – Review

I finished up my small sample size quickly since I was slathering it on my feet daily. It still lasted longer than I thought the tiny bottle would last! It’s sandal weather here in my city so I need to buy some more. Since I finished my sample I’ve been using other moisturizers and it just doesn’t do the job as well as this one does. My feet have never felt so soft (yet not greasy) in ages! Must buy some more soon!

Cost: $45.00 CAD, 120 ml / 4 oz
Available at: Petal and Post, Detox Market Canada
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 5/5

Parkdale Butter, CocoaNut Body ButterReview

I love the whipped texture of this body butter. My skin doesn’t absorb it as fast as I’d like but that’s the nature of coconut oil and cocoa butter. I would definitely consider repurchasing this after finishing off some of the other body butters in my cabinet.

Cost: $24.99 CAD, 240 ml / 8.1 oz
Available at: Parkdale Butter, List of stockists
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 4/5

Antipodes, Kiwi Seed Eye Cream – No Review

This cream didn’t do anything for my under eye circles. It’s really only good for moisturizing the eye area and firming it up. The jar lasted me so long that it actually went rancid before I could finish it. I won’t be repurchasing this because I would rather have an eye cream that addresses the darkness under my eyes.

Cost: $46.00 CAD, 30 ml / 1.0 oz
Available at: Urb Organic Spa, White Apothecary
Brand Origin: Australia
Rating: 3/5


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Product Review: @laveraorganic Lavera Style and Care Gel


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Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Alcohol* , Sucrose* , Dehydroxanthan Gum, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract* , Shellac, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil* , Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract* , Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract (Sea Buckthorn)* , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil* , Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Vegetable Oil (Olus Oil), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter* , Olea Europaea (Oilve) Fruit Oil* , Hydrogenated Lecithin, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract* , Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract* , Tilia Cordata Flower Extract* , Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Fragrance (Essential Oils)** * indicates Certified Organic Ingredients

I wanted to love this clear gel. I bought it mainly for my brows but I’ve also been using this for my lashes. It makes my lashes clump together so I have to comb it through to ensure its being evenly spread. As for formulation there are some good ingredients in here for thickening and moisturizing the lashes. But I’m not sure why Lavera felt this product needed alcohol because it takes away from the moisturizing ingredients. Scent-wise, there is a very light, almost herbal smell to this clear gel which can be used as a mascara or brow groomer. It has a double ended brush for both lash and brow (see image below). The only thing I don’t like about the smell is that I can smell the alcohol in it. The mascara is clear, and feels cool going on my lashes. I won’t be repurchasing this product again. It doesn’t do much for my lashes and brows so I would rather spend $20.00 on something else.

Cost: $19.99 CAD, 9 ml / 0.3 oz
Available At: (CAD) Big Carrot, True Natural, (UK) Pravera, Ecco Verde, (USA) Amazon.com
Rating: 3/5

Have you tried Lavera’s Style and Care Gel? What did you think of it?


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Product Review: @zuiiorganic Concealer Pencil and Lip Liner

 

Zuii Organic, Lip Liner in Berry

Ingredients: Copernicia cerifera (carnauba) cera* cera alba* butyrospermum parkii (shae butter) fruit*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, ricinus communis (castor seed) oil*, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) cera*, ascorbyl palmitate, tocopherol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, May contain (+/-) CI 77491 / CI 77492 / CI 77019, CI 77499, CI 77891. * Certified Organic ingredients

This is a fairly pigmented lip liner made by Zuii Organic. I’ve never used Zuii before and I have to say, it’s holding up nicely as a lip liner. Then again, I’m not as demanding in my criteria for this type of product. It just has to go on smoothly and last a decent amount of time. That is exactly what Zuii’s lip liner does. Though I have to say, I was disappointed that they only have four colour options. I do hope they expand this in the future. If you know of the colour profiling system I would recommend the Berry colour for Winters. It’s a nice deep berry red colour with hints of purple in it. The only complaint I have about this lip liner is that the cap easily comes off. It’s quite loose and if I had this in my purse I would worry about the cap coming off and marking up the inside of my purse. I wouldn’t recommend this particular lip liner to be used while traveling with because of the cap problem. It’s also quite pricey for a lip liner. You can get a lip liner with toxic ingredients for less than $10.00 usually. I’m not sure if it’s standard for eco-friendly lip liners to be pricey as this is the first time I’m replacing mine. As for accessibity, I haven’t found this lip liner at a Canadian etailer (online retailer) but the brand does seem to be available in the USA as well as as in the UK, Australia and Asia. Check out their store locator below for more details.

Cost: $19.99 CAD, 1.2 g / 0.4 oz
Available at: Big Carrot, Store Locator
Rating: 4/5


Upper lip: natural. Lower lip: Zuii Organic Lip Liner in Berry


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Zuii Organic, Concealer Pencil in Latte

Ingredients: Copernicia cerifera (carnauba) cera*, cera alba*, helianthus annuus seed oil*, carthamus tinctorius oil*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, ricinus communis (castor seed) oil*, persea gratissma oil*, butyrospermum parkii (shae butter) fruit*, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) cera*, sorbitan olivate, ascorbyl palmitate, tocopherol caprylic/capric triglyceride, may contain (+/-), CI 77007 / CI 77259 / CI 77491 / CI 77492, CI 77499 / CI 77510, CI 77019, CI 77891, CI 77947, CI 77742, CI 75470. * Certified Organic ingredients

Just looking at it, you would think this concealer pencil looks too yellowish to match my skintone. But when I put it on, it disappears into my skin so perfectly. I like to use this concealer pencil as a final touch up. Anything that my mineral foundation doesn’t cover (like stubborn blemishes) will be covered up by this highly pigmented and thick concealer. Since I’m moving towards using less makeup, this is the perfect product for that transition. It covers up my under eye circles amazingly while still looking natural. It’s like a magic eraser! There are some coconut oil derivatives in the ingredients which so far haven’t caused me to break out. But I’ll have to see if that’s still the case in the long term. The cap on this concealer pencil is very loose, just like the lip liner. It’s a good thing I don’t travel with it. This product is scentless. I would consider purchasing this again. I haven’t found this at a Canadian etailer (online retailer) other than Zuii Organic. But if I do find one, I will update the links.

Cost: $24.99 CAD, 1.8 g / 0.6 oz
Available at: Big Carrot, Store Locator
Rating: 4/5

Have you ever tried Zuii Organic‘s products? What did you think of them?


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October/November: Empties

I’m a bit behind on my blogging. Sorry peeps! You know how it is. So many things in life can happen to distract us from writing. Anyway, at long last here my first impressions of the samples I finished off during October & November.

Note: All the images in this post are of the full sized product.  All samples listed below were from the Fresh Faced website.

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May Lindstrom, The Problem Solver:
I used this sample for the first time as a full face mask one weekend in October. It felt warm & tingly when I put it on. After the warming sensation subsided I left it on for about an hour. On the Fresh Faced website the instructions say leave on for 45 minutes. But I left it on while I showered then washed it off just before I stepped out. My skin looked super freakin’ amazing! Details? You want details? My skin looked brighter, texture was smoother, my existing pimples shrunk by half & somehow the dark spots on my face faded! It also works well as a spot treatment for pimples. The scent of this product is that of spices & earth. But once on my face & drying I couldn’t smell it anymore. The full size jar is more expensive than any mask I’ve ever bought before. If I can’t find anything just as good I think I will splurge & get the full jar. I knocked the rating down one star for its cost. But if I used it sparingly I’m sure it would last a long time & justify the high price tag.
Cost: sample size $0.75 CAD, full size $92.00 CAD (250ml/8.45 oz)
Rating: 4/5

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May Lindstrom, The Good Stuff Radiance Oil:
Meh! I wasn’t as impressed with this product. For one thing, why put mica in it? Don’t get me wrong the oil did what it was supposed to do: hydrate my skin. I wasn’t sure if my eyes were deceiving me but I could swear it left a yellow tinge on my skin. Maybe it was the sea buckthorn oil. I’ve read in places that sea buckthorn oil can do that. Anyway, I won’t be purchasing a full sized bottle of this.
Cost: sample size, $0.75 CAD, full size $112 CAD (100ml/3.38oz)
Rating: 3/5

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W3ll People, Narcissist Foundation & Concealer Stick:
I got several different sample colours to try since it’s hard to tell from looking at the monitor what would match my skintone. The colours I picked were 2 – Fair golden, 3 – Medium neutral & 5 – Dark golden. Turns out all three work for different reasons. 2 is perfect for hiding the circles under my eyes, 3 is my perfect winter colour & 5 looks like it will be great as my summer colour. Why winter & summer colours? I live in Toronto, Canada, where it gets cold & dark in the winter. Hence a paler shade since my skin doesn’t see as much sun during the winter. And of course in the summer time I’m out as much as possible, so I get a little more tanned despite wearing sunscreen. The coverage of Narcissist is great. I have some dark spots & acne to hide so first application looks like medium coverage. If your skin is in better shape, you could definitely use a lighter hand with this product & not look cakey. Texture is slightly tacky & there was no discernable scent. After I brushed some loose foundation on top of this my skin looks great. It’s very natural looking. I will definitely repurchase after I finish my old concealer. It’s a great price point & great product.
Cost: sample size $0.75 CAD, full size $39.00 CAD (no measurement given on Fresh Faced website)
Rating: 5/5

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W3ll People, Altruist Satin Mineral Foundation:
I ordered two colours in sample size to try: the 12 – Fair golden & 16 – Medium golden. Surprisingly neither was the right colour for me. 12 was way too light & 16 looked too yellow. I may try 17 – Dark neutral & 18 – Dark golden next time. But I couldn’t properly evaluate this product since I couldn’t wear the colours. I didn’t want to walk around looking like a ghost if I used 12 or like I was jaundiced if I used 16.
Cost: sample size, $0.75 CAD, full size $31.00 CAD (no measurement given on Fresh Faced website)
Rating: Still to be determined

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One Love Organics, Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Booster:
Another meh product for me. I received this free sample with my order. The effect on my skin was pretty ordinary. It was fine at hydrating my skin. But it didn’t brighten my skin tone. Nor did it improve the texture of my skin in any way.  So I will pass on purchasing a full sized bottle of this.
Cost: free sample, full size $48.00 CAD (1 fl oz/ 30 ml)
Rating: 2/5