Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Goodebox of Plenty

Post by Beth

Goodebox was recently having a sale of products from their past boxes and I thought I would share with you what I received.  What is Goodebox, you may ask?  From their website:

Goodebox is a members only service providing expertly curated, trial sized healthy, eco-sensitive & effective beauty and personal care products, along with occasional samples of natural & organic health and wellness products.

I received 12 products, only a few of which I had received previously (I had let my subscription lapse for awhile so, bonus for me) and most of which I will probably use.

Garden of Life Raw Protein Powder.  I will have every intention of using this and then probably won’t.  But it looks horribly good for you.

La Fresh Nail Polish Remover Pads.  Confession time:  La Fresh pads of any kind are not my favorite thing.  I just don’t dig them.  The nail wipes, however, are one of their better offerings and they are good for travel.

Detox Rx Cell-U-Firm Body Gel. This is a treatment for cellulite, I didn’t use this the first time I got it, maybe I’ll use it this time?  I just really don’t give a fig about cellulite, and if I did, let’s be honest, I’m gonna need a lot more than one little pouch of gel to see a difference.

Goddess Garden Organics Sunny Body Natural Sunscreen.  Can always, ALWAYS, use more natural sunscreen.  Bring on the Titanium and Zinc Oxides!

CLEAN Organic Body Wash.  I am so in love with the smell of this product.  It is crisp, slightly floral, slightly citrus, and it just smells. . .clean.

Aiyana Natural Perfume by Tallulah Jane.  I am the process of transitioning to naturals perfumes, and this is a good addition to the new collection.  It smells very non-perfumy.  I smell it as a citrusy spicy sent that if I had ever been to India might remind of it.

Orglamix Color Concentrate in “Larkspur.”  I’m not certain what this color is supposed to used for—eyes, cheek, face—but it is dreamy!

Diva POLISHED Organic Sugar Scrub.  A good sugar scrub is another product I will rarely turn away. 

Neuth Crème Pour Visage.  This is a thick face cream that is very hydrating.  I think it smells kind of like key lime pie, which is delightful!

Seventh Generation Boosts Hydrating Skin Serum.  This smells so awesome!  Like coconuts and the beach.  It’s a decent serum too, with jojoba oil for moisturizing needs.

Balanced Guru No Frizz Hair Oil.  Frizz is not my problem when it comes to hair.  But I applaud any hair oil that is made of, you know, actual oils.  I hate it when a hair oil has dimethicone in it.  I am not in love with the smell, it smells medicinal.

Revolution Organics Freedom Gloss in “Truth.”  I have already written about how much I love Freedom Gloss and this bright pink color only strengthens my love.

All of these products are cruelty-free.  Such is the beauty of the Goodebox.

Monday, August 18, 2014

1,000 Mascaras No. 21: Korres Volcanic Minerals Volumizing Mascara

Post by Beth

This Volcanic Minerals Volumizing Mascara by Korres is packing a hefty claim:  “The blackest, black mascara derived from volcanic soil that increases lash volume by 600 percent.”  (via their website)

600%!  Wowza.  I’m no mathematician but I believe a 600% increase would make my lashes about 5 inches long or wide or however you calculate volume, which would be rather impractical.  Fear not, I did not experience a 600% increase in lash volume.

Wearing Korres Mascara

Wearing no mascara

This is not to say it is an ineffective mascara.  I actually quite liked it.  It did have a great volumizing effect.  It almost gave the same effect as the Estee Lauder mascara reviewed here, but the formula was a bit thicker.  The coverage was easily buildable and I liked the thick, tapered brush as it grabbed all the lashes nicely.

The formula is very moisturizing, which is also it’s only downfall as it makes it a bit smudgy.  I’ve used worse smudgers though and wouldn’t count it out based on that.

I also really like that this is more of a “natural” mascara as it contains a blend of polymers derived from sunflower seeds, cotton extract, and a  blend of vegetal waxes, thyme extract, quackgrass (hee-hee quackgrass :-), and marine algae extracts.
Bottom lash line:  A great mascara, but managed expectations are in order.

Korres does not test on animals

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Foxbrim Hyaluronic Acid

PR Sample
Post by Beth

Hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the body as a joint lubricant, is full of hydrophilic (water-loving) molecules that draw moisture to itself.  Because of this lovefest, topically applied hyaluronic acid is a rockin’ moisturizer.

I like this hyaluronic acid serum from Foxbrim.  In addition to the HA, it has Vitamin C, Vitamin E, MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane, which is an organic sulfur compound), Jojoba Oil, and Green Tea.  The serum is quite thick, but also silky feeling.  It absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and soft.  I had no adverse effects from using this serum.

Foxbrim does not test on animals.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bioque Rejuvenating Day Cream

PR Sample
Post by Beth

Bioque Rejuvenating Day Cream is a paraben-free cream that imparts immediate moisture to skin.  It has a pudding-like texture that absorbs well into the skin with no residue.  It claims to have to have anti-aging benefits, but after a month of use, I did not see any difference in aging.  

The moisturizing effects are noticeable, however, and give the skin a hydrated, plumped appearance.  The cream smells slightly botanical and slightly medicinal, but the smell didn’t seem to linger.

Bioque does not test on animals

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Today's Tidbit: Fox Guards the Henhouse

Most people in the US believe the government makes sure personal care products are safe.  However, this is not the case.  The US Food and Drug Administration does not have the authority to require companies to safety test personal care products before they go on the market and cannot even recall defective or possibly harmful cosmetics.  Instead, the industry gets to “police itself” through a group called the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) panel.  The CIR panel is funded and run by the cosmetics industry through its trade association, the Cosmetics, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association.  The panel has seven voting members, with non-voting memberships for the trade association, the FDA, and a consumer group. (p26-27)

Malkan, Stacy (2007) Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers.