Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The All Natural Face Monthly Beauty Box

Post by Beth

I’ve been receiving the Monthly Beauty Box from the All Natural Face for a few months now and I have been impressed with the selection and quality of the items received.

The All Natural Face is a mineral cosmetics company.  They do not use any artificial ingredients. No bismuth, no talc, no carmine, no silk powder, no d & c lake colors and no parabens.

For $15/month The All Natural Face ships a box with at least $20 worth of product (by my reckoning, the value is even more) and free samples.  They do a good job of varying the product, it’s not the same thing month after month, which I appreciate.

The box this month had an animal print theme, coming wrapped in a giraffe print scarf and featuring a nifty tiger print fan.  The products this month were eye shadow, a shadow primer and a synthetic brush.

The three eye shadow colors were to me, evocative of the African Savannah.

True Gold:

Mauve Shimmer:

Swiss Chocolate:

Magic Vegan Eyeshadow Primer. This eye shadow primer is different that the one I reviewed hereThis is a liquid version, very similar to Urban Decay Potion Primer and I think I like it even better than the one I tried from The All Natural Face before.  It is very smooth and blendable.

The brush is also a nice addition.  I have used them before and they perfectly adequate and vegan.

I think the Monthly Beauty Boxes are very thoughtfully curated and are a wonderful way to experience the wide array of natural products offered by TheAll Natural Face.

The All Natural Face does not test on animals.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Post by Meagan

Ok, I'll admit it.  I've wanted to try this foundation for a while now.  It has won "Best Foundation" awards in every major beauty magazine and poll on the planet.  The price tag, however, is a daunting $63.  Now that wouldn't be so bad if I didn't have ultra-sensitive skin that breaks out at the mere thought of a new foundation.  But there is a laundry list of foundations I've had to returned,  given away or relegated to the bottom of my makeup kit.  Hundreds of hard-earned dollars down the drain.  This summer, I tried a couple BB creams and tinted sunscreens with no luck--irritating, red rash.  Talking to my aesthetician, we decided it might be the high SPF of those products causing the irritation.  Knowing I prefer a liquid foundation, she suggested Giorgio Armani which has no SPF.  It is:
            --buildable coverage
            --natural finish

Armani foundation mixed with the Chanel primer from yesterday's post

I love this foundation.  It isn't cakey at all and it doesn't crease.  I put it on with a brush or a sponge.  It has a natural finish that isn't too matte or too shiny.  And bonus--a little goes a long way.  One pump mixed with primer will easily cover my whole face.  I've been using it daily for a month and no breakouts!!!  For me, easily worth $63.

Armani claims no animal testing, but it's parent company, L'Oreal does.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Chanel- Le Blanc de Chanel Sheer Illuminizing Base

Post by Meagan

According to Chanel, this primer, "lights up the face with a sheer finish for an instant glowing complexion."  I'm not sure if I glow or not, but I can attest that:
            --my pores appear smaller
            --my skin tone is more even
            --the primer mattifies my skin without making it look        like crepe paper

It can be used alone, as a highlighter or on top of foundation.  I, however, mix a dime size amount with my foundation before applying with a brush or sponge.  Around my nose where my pores are larger and on my chin where I have some acne scaring, I blend a small amount directly on to the area and then add foundation on top.  I've found that this disguises those problem areas a bit more than when I mix it with the foundation.

foundation and primer used on left side--clearly blotchy on right side

Other bonuses: 
            --smells divine
            --effective with only a tiny amount of product, so the bottle will last a while
            --doesn't make foundation settle or crease like many primers do
            --makes foundation more transfer-resistant
            --after a month of use, no pore-clogging or breakouts

Chanel claims no animal testing


Friday, September 5, 2014

Savannah Bee Royal Jelly Body Butter

Post by Meagan

I recently visited Savannah, Georgia on a mini-vacation. 
            A) Gorgeous city, kind people, fabulous food 
            B) Discovered a great product

On our food tour of Savannah, we made a stop at the Savannah Bee Company.  They have great honey, as you might imagine.  They also have a line of grooming products.  I had recently run out of eye cream and I asked if they could recommend one.  The associate pointed me to the Royal Jelly Body Butter.  It isn't designed specifically for the eye area, but she swore it was gentle enough.  I thought I'd give it a try. If it didn't work for my eyes, I could use it on my neck and hands.  OMG! I love this stuff!!

It is:
            --99.7% natural ingredients
            --made with propolis, pecan seed oil, beeswax
            --no parabens
            --no preservatives
            --no animal testing

It a takes very little product (a tiny scoop the size of my pinkie nail).  I rub it between my fingers until it becomes a liquid, then I apply around my eyes, tapping gently.  I use the leftovers (yes, there will be leftovers!) on my neck.  The blackberry scent is so awesome I wish the computer monitor was scratch and sniff so all of you could experience it.  Downsides?  I can only find one: I have to use something less humectant in the day time so that my eyeliner doesn't run.  I think it will be more daytime friendly in the winter, but summers in the Deep South are ever-so-slightly humid so I use a lighter eye cream for the daytime.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

1,000 Mascaras No. 25: Urban Decay Perversion

Post by Beth

Perversion Mascara by Urban Decay makes my long lash lovin’ heart flutter with joy.  I received a sample size of this mascara in the August Ipsy Glam Bag and I am so impressed.  This mascara dramatically lengthened my lashes—I’m talkin’ false lash length, here.  The volume wasn't bad either, but I needed to apply a couple of coats to get the volume I wanted, while the length was enhanced with just one coat. 
eye on the right with a two coats of Perversion, eye on left with no mascara

The formula is very creamy and with the twisty brush really grabs and coats each lash nicely.  

The creamy formula comes with it’s down sides, though.  First, it was on the clumpy side (you can see this on the lower lashes in the pictures above).  I had to use a lash comb in between coats to remove the clumps.  Worth it for a night on the town look, but I don’t have time for that every morning.  Secondly, this mascara is smudge city.  Like bad.  Do not rub your eyes or this will be all over your face and hands.  I took a nap wearing this and I woke up looking like Taylor Momsen.  This is not a mascara you want to get rowdy with.

 Taylor Momsen (look—I did a youth culture reference!)

Bottom lash line:  Perversion wins my heart with it’s lengthening and volume, but distresses me with its smudginess.

Urban Decay does not test on animals.