Trying Out a Green Beauty Cult Favourite: rms Beauty “Un” Cover-Up Review

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I have loved everything I have tried from rms beauty.  However, I have always been a little reluctant to try their concealer/foundation called “un-cover up”.  Mostly because it just seemed really foreign to me to use such a thick cream foundation on my face.  I guess I had this preconceived notion that it would feel very heavy on my skin.  Plus, it had a coconut oil base and I kept on hearing that coconut oil breaks you out and at my age, the thought having to deal with breakouts did not sound appealing to me!  So it totally did not make any sense when I just suddenly decided to buy it at local shop.

So?  I was totally wrong.  In fact, I think it might be one of my favourite foundations ever.  I have been wearing this on repeat the last few weeks.  And no, it hasn’t broken me out.  The whole experience of using this foundation has been kind of breakthrough to me.  It doesn’t adhere to many of the usual prerequisites I expect from a foundation.  I decided to breakdown this product use these surprising qualities.

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It comes in a glass tub

Most cream foundations usually come in stick form or in a foundation compact.  This foundation comes in a thick glass tub with a white lid.  rms states that all their packaging is either biodegradable, recyclable, or reusable.  I think this foundation would be great for traveling as it is super compact and you won’t have to worry about it leaking.

It melts into the skin

This formula is very deceiving.  It looks thick and creamy in the tub, but it literally melts into the skin when you apply it.  One second it is there and then it disappears into the skin and you are almost like, where did it go?  It is recommended you apply it with fingers, and that is my preferred choice of application.  However, you can also apply with a brush (preferably synthetic).  They also have a really beautiful brush you can purchase specifically to apply this product if you are interested.

Here are a few claims of the product from their website which I find quite unique as well:

“Apply sparingly with fingers over the T-zone area or wherever any extra coverage is desired”

Rarely, do you see a brand tell you to apply foundation only a certain area, so I found these application directions very interesting.  I don’t apply it that sparingly, but if your t-zone usually gets oily, I think applying it sparingly will minimize that from happening.  The coverage is light to medium.  It evens out your skin beautifully and covers redness.  However, I don’t find it is great at covering acne scars and pigmentation.  It can also be used as a light concealer and  I would definitely say that it is “light” when it comes to concealing.  I definitely favour it as a foundation more than a concealer as I have pretty dark circles under my eyes.

“Mineral pigments will self-adjust to your skin tone”

This claim just sounds a little too good to be true because it only comes in 7 shades.  After using it forever, I really think it does.  I’m not sure what kind of magic this is!

“Moisturizes and heals, resulting in beautiful second skin”

It is definitely moisturizing and leaves your skin initially with a satin finish.  I do agree it looks almost like “second skin.”  As the day goes by, depending on your skin type, I do find it gets quite dewy, even a little bit oily on my t-zone area.  For my dry cheeks, this is amazing because they have never looked so moisturized, but for my t-zone, it can look almost greasy.  However, this is an even fix, with some powder, and it will look great all day.  What the healing claim?  That is a bold claim.  All I can say is that I didn’t have any breakouts and my skin has looked really good the last month.

Just a few additional things I wanted to mention

rms beauty claims it will minimize pores and I can definitely vouch for that.  What about longevity? I think you definitely should powder and it lasts most of a work day.  I mean, I don’t really consider it a long-wearing foundation though.

VERDICT:  I love this foundation and would totally recommend it, not only as a green product, but just as a foundation in general.  However, I wouldn’t recommend it for someone who is looking for full coverage or a more “made-up” look.

Makeup Edition: Gone Green and Haven’t Looked Back

I think the best and most frustrating things in life always sit in the “grey” area.  Ideally, if all beauty products were amazing and good for us, then that would be the ultimate.  However, with everything in life, I find it is best to find a place of balance.  For example, I tend to use more natural and organic products when it comes to skincare and body care.  However, with eyeliners, I still haven’t found replacements for my favourite non-green products.  Once in a while though, I find makeup items that fit that “ultimate” category and haven’t looked back.  Just on a side note, I am aware green beauty is more on the luxury side, so if anyone has any cheaper alternatives, I love some recommendations.  Plus, I not at all an expert on green beauty, so I am sure I missing out on some even more “ultimate” beauty products I haven’t discovered yet.

Cream Blush

I think if you are just starting out with trying out green beauty, I think cream blush is a good place to start.  I have really enjoyed all the ones I have picked up.  My favourite is probably the Kjær Weis’ Cream Blush.  They have a great colour selection, good pigmentation, and the packaging is beautiful and refillable.  Most importantly, their cream to powder formula has great longevity and blends out beautifully.

When it comes to green beauty, I think they really excel when it comes to blushes that give you that natural “I just came back from a run” flush.  Wasn’t sure about the Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint in the beginning because it didn’t seem that pigmented compared to other blushes I have used.  However, now that I have been using it for a while, I really enjoy that natural flush it gives, and it really does plump up the cheeks, which is a plus.  Lately, I have also been trying out Jane Iredale’s In Touch Cream Blush.  This blush is in a stick form making application super convenient.  It also gives that natural flush that I am really into lately and it smells like chocolate.

Lipstick

For lipstick, my favourite has to be from Ilia.  I started out with their lipsticks that came in their sleek matte metal tubes.  I was just amazed at how creamy and pigmented they were.  They give a semi-matte look on your lips and come in some beautiful colours.  Then, I moved onto the lip crayons which I thought wouldn’t be as creamy because of the stick formula.  However, I was surprised to find that they are just as creamy and the sharper tip allows for even more precise application.  I was also going to put the Burt’s Bee Lipstick in this category.  However, mine has congealed into hard clumps in the bullet after a few months.  Anyone else have this problem?

Cream Highlighter

This is a little bit of a cheat, but for the most part, I have switched over to natural cream highlighters.  Actually, I really have one, but I love it so much, I use it all the time.  This is the infamous rms beauty living luminizer.  As indicated on their website, this highlighter gives a “satin-pearl” sheen to the skin.  This is subtle.  It is not an ultra glowy Becca highlighter, but I feel it just gives the right amount of natural glow and brightens up your face.  Plus, it lasts a lot longer than you think.  I still see it on my face at the end of a work day.

Do you have any beauty products where you have switched to green and never looked back?  I would love to know.  Thanks for reading!

Review: Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Lily Lake

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I am super lazy with lipstick.  However, every once in a while, I will decide to buy a lipstick hoping that one day I will catch the lipstick bug.  To be honest, I wear it so infrequently, that when I do wear it, it just seems like a little too much sometimes.  However, lately, I have been really loving this Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Lily Lake.  I find myself putting on lipstick because of it.

These are some of the reasons that I am really enjoying this lipstick:

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It is so moisturizing!

Even though you might have dry and flaky patches, this will glide over them.  From their website, it has moringa and raspberry seed oils that “soften and condition you lips all day long.”  I find that with this lipstick, every time you pressed your lips together, it felt really moisturizing, almost like a lip balm.  This is possibly why I enjoy putting it on so much.

I must say though, that it doesn’t last all day on my lips.  This is definitely not a long-lasting liquid lipstick.  It will last a few hours and will not last through eating.  However, if you top it up a few times during the day, the pigmentation will continue to build on the lips, and it is still there most of the day.

It smells really good!

It smells like berries when you put it on.  The great thing for me, since I am sensitive to scents, is that it doesn’t linger.

It is really pigmented!

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It seems like beauty lovers are always saying this, but having used quite a few of Burt’s Bee’s lip products, this is one of the most pigmented products they have produced.  I have quite pigmented lips to begin with, and considering this colour is like a “my lips but better” type of colour, it really showed up on my lips.  It comes in 14 shades, so there is a lot to pick from.

The finish starts off as more of a satin, but as the day wears on, I would say it is more matte.

It has a nice “click” when you close the tube!

I find that this is always a nice touch.  There is always something satisfying about packaging that “clicks” nicely when closed.  The packaging is made from recycled plastic and has a nice honeycomb design on the side.

VERDICT:  My new favourite lipstick from someone that doesn’t really wear lipstick much.  I really want to get more!

Summer Essentials Haul

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I must admit I am not a summer person.  I much prefer fall.  I don’t enjoy being sweaty and hot.  However, I must say I love finding an excuse to purchase some summer essentials. These are just some of things I purchased recently because I really needed them.  🙂

ILIA Moondance Powder with SPF 20

I first heard about this powder through the lovely blog The Healthy Haus and when I saw it in the store, I just had to get it.  I find that it is really difficult to top up your SPF every two hours especially if you are already wearing foundation.  This has a twist-up brush which dispenses the powder from the tubular container (great to bring on the go).  The packaging is beautiful, and it is also supposed to bring some luminosity to the skin.  Plus, it is great to use simply as a powder to take some of shine away during the day.

Juice Beauty SPF 8 Lip Moisturizers

I think a lip balm with SPF is always a good thing to have during the summer.  I decided to try these from Juice Beauty.  They come in a pack of three shades: Naturally Clear, Playful (a rosy shade), and Joyful (dusty pink shade).  They smell like berries and provide a bit of a tint to the lips.

schmidt’s Natural Deodorant Stick in Bergamot + Lime

I have been really into natural deodorants the last few years and this deodorant usually comes in a jar.  I just recently found out that they came out with a stick version. The jar version is a little fussy in that you had to dip your fingers in to grab a small amount and massage into your armpit area.  This deodorant is great for every day use and stands up pretty well even if you walking around casually on a summer day.  On initial application, clumps to go off the stick, so you do sometimes have to massage it in.

RMS Beauty Nail Polish in Honest

To be honest, I haven’t worn nail polish all that much the last few years.  I used to be a nail fanatic and wore nail polish all the time.  However, my nails got so weak and breakable that I went on a detox and never looked back.  Since sandal season has started, I can’t help craving a bit of colour on my toe nails.  I actually didn’t know that RMS Beauty made nail polish.  Each colour in this 6-free formula matches a shade in their collection.  So far, it smells like regular nail polish, but the salesperson told me that the formula is non-toxic. She said that is really difficult to find a natural nail polish with good performance.

Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream SPF 30

For sunscreen, I figured that I since I am applying it all over my body, I usually choose something natural.  This product is certified natural and 98% organic.  This is actually a repurchase.  Even though this sunscreen is for kids, I bought this sunscreen last year and loved the creamsicle scent.  It is quite a thick cream and takes a little more time to blend it. Otherwise, I really enjoy it!

Karma Naturals Nail Polish Remover

I was introduced to this nail polish remover by the salesperson that sold me the rms Nail Polish.  I find that all non-toxic nail polishes pretty much still smell like nail polish. However, this is such interesting experience because it is primarily soybean oil based, so it doesn’t smell or feel like more traditional nail polish remover.  It totally works though!  I haven’t tried it on other nail polishes, but since it also moisturizes the nails, it is a lovely new addition to my collection.

Review: naturaglacé Starter Set (Foundation Puree, Make-Up Cream, Powder)

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naturaglacé is a natural and organic brand from Japan.  I first spotted them in a Japanese magazine and then later noticed that their base products were often top ranked in Cosme Kitchen, which is a Japanese organic and natural product beauty store (check out the beautiful photo of the store taken by the lovely blogger Tokyo Beauty Book on her Instagram).  To my surprise, recently, I found a seller on Amazon who shipped this starter kit to Canada.  They sell it on the U. S. Amazon site as well, but it is more expensive.   Of course, I bought the kit right away because it can be hard to get hold of smaller Japanese brands where I live.

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This kit comes with two deluxe samples of the Make-Up Cream (12 ml) and Loose Powder and three packets (0.5 ml) of the Foundation Puree in Shade YE2.  For best results, they should be used together as indicated on the back of the box.

Make-Up Cream (SPF 30 and PA++)

From their website (I translated it from Japanese using Google Translate), this product is an all-in-one base which combines a “moisturizing essence” and a “light foundation.”  It only comes in one shade.  Plus, it also has sunscreen, which pretty much makes it almost like a CC Cream.  From the back of the box, it also tells you that this product can act like a foundation primer.  I have worn this alone and under foundation and I love it both ways!  It gently blurs out your pores and fine lines and provides a beautiful glow to the skin.  This is a lovely base for an everyday look or just a quick stop to the supermarket.

Not a con, but because it is a natural product, it takes a little bit longer to blend out on the skin. Usually, I dot it all over my face, gradually blend it out with my fingers, and then pat it in.  Lastly, if you have oily skin or combination skin, this might get “too glowy” as the day goes on.  If you powder, it shouldn’t be a problem.

Foundation Puree in Shade YE2 (SPF 25 and PA++)

The foundation gives a similar finish as the Make-Up Cream.  On the website, it states that this is an “airy foundation”, which “moisturizes and firms the skin.”  Like the Make-Up Base, it is glowy and gently blurs pores and fine lines, but the foundation gives you a bit more coverage and evens out your skin tone even more.  Similar to the Make-Up Cream, this is best applied with fingers.  I actually tried using my Beauty Blender, and it moved the foundation around and it didn’t settle into the skin.  It was strange!  Maybe it was natural oils in the foundation that didn’t combine well with the dampness in the sponge.  Lastly, a little powder on the areas where you get shiny keep your base shine-free all day.

One major con is that it only comes in three shades and they are all yellow-based.  I was lucky and the shade matched me really well.  I am around a MAC NC20.

Loose Powder

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This translucent powder is light-weight and finely milled.  It does a good job of absorbing oil on your face without looking cakey.  It comes with a puff, but I usually use the brush to lightly apply on forehead and undereye area.  It keeps the oil at bay for most of the day.

Longevity

Used alone, I feel like the Make-Up base lasts a good 8 hour work day.  With the primer, I feel like it lasts all day.  I notice when I remove my makeup at night, a lot still comes off on my cotton pad.

VERDICT: Some of my favourite base products I have tried lately.  If you are looking for some good organic and natural base products to try out, I would say give naturaglacé a try.

Twins or Friends: Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint and Kjaer Weis Cream Blush Reviews

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Two dusty pink cream blushes from two lovely organic and natural beauty brands.  One is the Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint in Very Sweet and the other is the Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming.  Both look very similar in the pan, but are they twin beauty products or merely best friends that look similar from the outside?  On a side note, I will only compare them as blushes even though I know Tata Harper is also a lip tint.

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Kjaer Weis cream blush outer box
Starting from the most logical standpoint, which one is more expensive?  It would have to be the Kjaer Weis blush coming in at $56 USD.  The Tata Harper one is $36 USD.  You can say that both are considered more luxury beauty purchases.  However, if you have seen the box that Kjaer Weis comes in, you might think it is worth the price.  It is so beautiful, almost reminiscent of a box that could hold jewellery.  I still put the blush back in every time I finish using it.  Moreover, if you are into product design, you will enjoy the beautifully designed metal case that holds the product itself designed by Marc Atlan!  If you have a minute, it was fun perusing his design portfolio.

In the packaging, they look very similar in colour.  However, they are different in many ways.  Texture-wise, they are both quite creamy.  The Kjaer one is smoother and it just takes a dab to easily grab the product on your fingers.  With the Tata Harper blush, you have to swirl you fingers around quite a few times before you get sufficient product on your fingertips.

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Tata Harper (left) and Kjaer Weis (right)
You can use fingers or brushes to apply this product.  I usually use fingers.  Both products blend out pretty well after application.  However, this is where the similarities end because the pigmentation and finish of both products are complete opposites.  The Kjaer Weis blush is pigmented and dries down to a more powder finish.

The Tata Harper one is definitely less pigmented, and has a dewy finish.  To be honest, when I first used the Tata Harper blush, I was surprised at how sheer it is.  It was really hard to built up the colour.  It got me thinking that maybe I had gotten used to the idea that blushes had to be highly pigmented.  However, I found the natural flush that the Tata Harper blush creates is also very beautiful.  Their website said it should also be a little plumping, which I felt it accomplished.

Longevity-wise, I feel they both last about 6-8 hours.  However, it was somewhat hard to tell with the Tata Harper blush because it is quite subtle.

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Tata Harper in Very Sweet (the Kjaer Weis is almost an empty, so don’t have a shot of it complete in the packaging)
What about the scent?  I feel like the Kjaer Weis blush is pretty scentless.  The Tata Harper blush has the smell of coconut water, but mixed with a berry scent.  The scent wears off pretty quickly.

Lastly, how environmental is the packaging?  The Tata Harper packaging is made from recycled materials and the Kjaer Weis blush can be reused as you can buy a refill.

VERDICT: I would recommend both blushes.  It all depends on what look you want to achieve.  I personally like having both so that I can change up my look whenever I want. 🙂

 

Review: BIO-BEAUTÉ by NUXE Tinted Repairing Lip Balm with Peach Pulp

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I love the NUXE Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm Rêve de Miel.  For me, I only need to apply it once before I go to bed and it keeps my lips moisturized all day.  Plus, you only need less than a pea-size each day, so it actually lasts quite a long time.

A few months ago, I spotted a new counter for NUXE’s sister brand, called BIO-BEAUTÉ.  I have been slowly moving towards using more organic and natural beauty products and since NUXE is an established brand, I thought I would give BIO-BEAUTÉ a try.

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Naturally, since I love the NUXE lip balm, I thought it would be fun to see if the BIO-BEAUTÉ version, called the the Tinted Repairing Lip Balm, would be just as good.  It comes in three scents,  Apricot Butter, Raspberry Pulp, and Peach Pulp.

IMG_1751Just a little background on BIO-BEAUTÉ, it is an organic beauty brand which focuses on using the benefits of organic fruits (high in antioxidants and vitamins) in their products.  Furthermore, their ingredients are minimally 90% natural and cruelty-free.  This particular lip balm is 100% natural and made of 45.2 % organic ingredients.

This is a lovely lip balm.  It comes out of the tube in a gel texture that you can spread over the lips evenly using the slanted applicator.  The texture is gel-like and the finish is a little bit glossy, but not like a lip gloss though.  It feels really moisturizing, and not sticky at all on your lips.  On your lips, it will last a good few hours, but will need reapplying after eating.  It gives you a tiny bit of colour on your lips, so definitely a good one to use if you want to have a natural lip day.  Lastly, the scent is also subtle and lovely.

VERDICT:  Is this the organic version of Rêve de Miel?  Not really, but is a very good lip balm.  It is definitely one of my favourites lately.

Here is the ingredients list for the box if you are interested:

HYDROXYSTEARIC/LINOLENIC/OLEIC POLYGLYCERIDES, SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) SEED OIL, OLEIC/ LINOLEIC/ LINOLENIC POLYGLYCERIDES, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER), PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) OIL, RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) OIL, COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX, HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED*, HYDROGENATED APRICOT KERNEL OIL, FRAGRANCE, TRIHYDROXYSTEARIN, TOCOPHEROL, PRUNUS PERSICA (PEACH) FRUIT EXTRACT, RIBES RUBRUM (CURRANT) FRUIT EXTRACT, RUBUS IDAEUS (RASPBERRY) FRUIT, LIMONENE, GERANIOL, LINALOOL, CITRAL [+/-MAY CONTAIN CI 77491/IRON OXIDES, CI 77891/TITANIUM DIOXIDE, SILICA, ALUMINA][N0361/A]

I am still learning about ingredients, but I checked on the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetics Database and most of the ingredients scored 1.  The last four ingredients and fragrance scored in the moderate or high hazard realm.  The website does say all the ingredients are natural, so I might missing something here.  Any suggestions?

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