Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Lip Quickie: Bare Minerals 'Pop of Passion' Lip Oil Balm

Post by Beth

I recently picked up this lip color balm from Bare Minerals and I am quite pleased with it.  The color is bright and lasts a decent amount of time.  The formula is very hydrating with passion fruit seed oil and Vitamin E.

The color I am wearing here, “Plumberry Pop,” is a deep fushia.

Bare Minerals does not test on animals.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

1,000 Mascaras No. 34: Lily Lolo Mascara

Post by Beth

I received this mascara from Lily Lolo in my February Petit Vour subscription box and, overall, it’s a winner.   

This mascara is plant based, non-toxic and cruelty-free. It’s “made with pure inert minerals, organic, and natural ingredients. Completely free of gmo, nano particles, talc, additives, harsh chemicals, parabans, gluten, bismuth oxychloride,dyes, fillers, fragrance, preservatives, petroleum based chemicals, and other questionable ingredients.” (from their website

fuzzy brush

It also, somewhat bizarrely, contains a natural SPF 15, so you don’t have to worry about the sun burning your eyelashes (not that I ever have).

eye on the right with Lily Lolo; eye the left is mascara-less

This is a thicker mascara with a creamy feel.  I found that it would weigh my lashes down a little bit, so a lash curler was a useful accompaniment.  I liked the length and volume this mascara provided.

Bottom Lash Line:  A healthy, vegan mascara that actually performs! 

Lily Lolo is cruelty-free.  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March Mask Madness: Foodaholic Collagen Natural Essence Mask

Post by Beth

This mask was comfortable to wear and easier to adjust around the face than similiar masks I have reviewed, thus giving a more complete coverage. It did not provide the icy cold shock that the other masks did and was not wringing wet either. Although, according to the directions, you do have the option of a cold or warm mask, depending on your preference. Since my skin is sensitive to both, I chose to use this mask at room temperature. It felt nice and soothing on, and was moist enough that I could rub any remaining moisture into my skin and I did not need to apply an additional moisturizer afterward. I did not experience any tightening effect, as mentioned on the package, but I was pleased at how soft my skin felt even hours later.

Nobody looks normal wearing a sheet mask!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

March Mask Madness: My Spa Life Avocado and Vitamin E Nourishing Smooth Facial Wraps

Post by Rosie

Avocado and Vitamin E Nourishing Smooth Facial Wraps from My Spa Life feature Avocado. Avocados contain healthy fats and phytonutrients, which help maintain skin tone and complexion, in addition to softening dull, dry skin. In addition to the wonderful avocado, this mask contains a lot of other botanical extracts, although it is not an entirely natural product.

ooooohhhh  spooky sheet mask!!

These face wraps left my face feeling nicely hydrated and calm, with no tingling or redness. They are a good product, but I warn you -- they are very cold and slippery! But those are minor things to deal with to get a glowing complexion!

My Spa Life does not test on animals!

Friday, March 27, 2015

March Mask Madness: Skin Food Egg White Pore Mask

Post by Beth

This may look like a tub of wall spackle, but it’s actually an egg white extract, pore refining mask.

This is my first exposure to the Skin Food brand.  Despite all the rhetoric on the brand’s website about turning to food for skin care, I don’t see a lot of food ingredients in this mask, it’s mostly just a bunch of the regular chemical suspects.  It does contain Bentonite, which is a white clay used in masks to absorb oil; olive oil; and way at the bottom of the list is albumen, which is derived from egg whites.  The albumen contains protein and is used for a tightening effect.

The mask was very goopy to apply and rather messy, as you can see it got all in my hair and eyebrows.  Le sigh. It smelled kind of like glue with a hint of floral (the ubiquitous “fragrance” listed in the ingredients?).

The mask dried to fine powder texture.  There was a bit of a tightening feeling, but nothing extreme.  It washed off easily with a wet washcloth.

Sadly, I did not notice any benefit from this mask.  So, overall, I would have to give it a “meh.”

The animal testing status of Skin Food could not be ascertained.