In a previous post, I told you about my Nudus lipstick samples. I don’t have a tube yet, but I definitely have my eye on at least one! They are not only ethically produced, non-toxic, and with the highest-quality ingredients, but they look terrific and feel amazing as well. A bonus is, the packaging is beautiful, with its sleek, white rectangular tube and the artful sketch of a nude lady:
These are really pretty colors and feel moisturizing on the lips, especially if you apply some lip balm beforehand. You can also apply with your finger and put it on as stains. Since my lipstick samples are in little discs, I tend to do this often. Integrity Botanicals offers generous samples.
Unfortunately, I feel 27 Kisses and Just Like Jade barely show up on my lips. I don’t know if it’s because I’m applying with a lip brush or finger. Nudes tend to make me look washed out, and although 27 Kisses looks nice on my forearm, on my pinky brown lips it’s even lighter than my skin tone. I need a deeper shade to complement my deep medium skin tone.
Just Like Jade looks like a dusty light aubergine, which looks pretty on my forearm, but again, it doesn’t appear as much of a lipstick on my lips. As I said in my previous post, if I’m wearing a 35-dollar lipstick, it better make me look terrific! 🙂
I really like Dirty Diana. It looks so good on me and is strong enough to balance out my dark eyes and hair. Besides owning the full-sized version of Dirty Diana, I’d love to sample Dreamtime, Revenge, and Ruby Rose. Check out the Nudus shade selection:
It’s great Integrity Botanicals offers three free samples with each order. Even if you pay for them, they are very reasonably priced. Nudus samples are just $3 each.
After Hurricane Harvey devastated the little town of Rockport, the nightmare had just begun for Houston, TX. It kept raining, and raining, and raining for days. Harvey was the cause of more than 50 inches of rain over Houston – to put this into perspective, Houston on average gets 50 inches a year. The massive downpours caused unparalleled damage to cars, houses, and millions of people were affected. The death toll stands at 50, according to The New York Post today, Sunday, September 3, 2017.
My cousin lives in Houston, and she told me she and her family have been luckier than most. They had no electricity for five days, and no water for a few days, but otherwise, they are fine. They are alive, and they are safe.
My heart goes out to those people and animals affected by the floods in Houston, as well as in Southeast Asia. Rising waters have forced people to evacuate, some people drowning in the process. Some have drowned in their cars, and others were swept away under canals and in ditches.
I am heartened by the response from the people Fred Rogers’ mom famously called “the helpers”, the countless volunteers, emergency responders, nurses, doctors, police officers, firefighters, and civilians who have stepped up and helped others.
People who show helpful kindness are like diamonds in a heap of coals. They have us in awe, inspire us, and reinforce our faith in humanity. Thank God for the helpers. Thank you, helpers. We need you. We need to be you.
I had ordered these Integrity Botanicals samples a long time ago, but I’ve been using them for about six months now, using them in rotation with my other samples and full-tube lipsticks. I ordered from Integrity Botanicals, which lets you have three free samples included in every order.
Nudus is an Australian lipstick company with high standards I’ve been dying to try – its all-natural philosophy combined with their top-notch non-toxic ingredients and glowing reviews drew me in right away, but it’s the sexy packaging that sealed the deal.
I mean, these are seriously one of the most beautiful lipstick tubes – white and rectangular, with a nude woman on silvery part where the lip product comes out. Before I fork over $35 (yes, expensive, but worth it – hear me out), I wanted to sample some shades first.
I got Nudus Just Like Jade, described as a berry aubergine; 27 Kisses, Nudus’ signature best-seller, described as a creamy mid-tone mauve, which rumor has it looks good on everyone; and Dirty Diana, described as a deep bordeaux red.
Nudus’ Lip Euphoria formula has wonderful ingredients. Here’s the list for 27 Kisses, lifted straight from the Integrity Botanicals site:
Wow, these ingredients are impressive, and the lip-conditioning agents are felt as you put this lip formula across your lips.
Top left: Just Like Jade; Top Right: Dirty Diana, and Bottom: 27 KissesThe formula for all three is creamy, yet not too slippery, and a beautiful consistency. I’m in love with the formula! I also like the colors because they’re not your everyday shades in the conventional or green beauty world.
Of all three shades, I like Dirty Diana the best. The pigmentation is strong and looks terrific on my medium golden tan complexion. I’ll definitely be buying the artsy tube of Dirty Diana when my sample is done.
27 Kisses looks like a barely noticeable nude on me. I had to squint to see it. In fact, my husband didn’t think I was wearing any lipstick. For $35, someone better notice I’m wearing lipstick 🙂 27 Kisses is named thus as it’s the number one best-selling formula, and all the Lip Euphoria formulas are formulated with 27 active ingredients, including vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K.
Just Like Jade is another shade which was a bit disappointing to me. It barely registered on my complexion. Some ladies may like the “barely there” look, and I do too, sometimes, but again, not when it’s a 35-dollar lip product. It’s a soft, mauve-berry tone with a hint of dark lilac on me.The samples last at least seven times, as they are quite opaque in coverage. You don’t need to apply much. Sometimes I apply the shades with my trusty Ecotools lip brush, other times I apply the color with my finger and it looks a bit more like a stain for a different look.
The samples last at least seven times, as they are quite opaque in coverage. You don’t need to apply much. Sometimes I apply the shades with my trusty Ecotools lip brush, other times I apply the color with my finger and it looks a bit more like a stain for a different look.
I’ll swatch the shades next time so you can see them on my arm and lips. All in all, I love the company and its philosophy, and I’m intrigued to actually try the lipstick straight from the tube. It’s an altogether different experience when you apply it from the tube, but so far from the samples, the formula is amazing. As the formula is free from paraben,
As the formula is free from paraben, petro-chemicals, lanolin, hydrogenated oils, fd&c and lake dyes, gmo, pesticides and nanoparticles, this lip product is worth the hype and one of the cleanest beauty products you can find on the market. As it does contain cera alba, aka beeswax, it’s not vegan. The fragrance listed is from the essential oils.
I’m glad Integrity Botanicals provides these samples for us before you commit to buying a full tube.
These opinions are my own, I bought these samples with my own money, and I’m not affiliated with the Nudus company.
I had previously ordered a few Satin Matte Foundation samples in beige, neutral and olive in 5 and 6. Alima Pure does offer a sample pack, but I knew the shades between 1 and 3 and 7 and 8 were going to be too dark for me, and I wasn’t entirely sure of my undertone.
My heritage is Native American, Dutch/German, and African – among other things. With my tan skin, I chose numbers 5 and 6 and I guessed I was between Beige, Neutral, and Olive. I was wrong.
While I liked the way the powder felt on my skin, none of the shades matched me. The beige, which was the closest, just looked off. I ended up looking like I painted myself the color of my long khaki pants. The neutral made me look like someone had turned the lights off on my complexion. The olive looked like lights turned off with a greenish tinge.
After trying a variety of natural/organic foundations, I found my match in 100% Pure in Golden Peach and Lily Lolo in Coffee Bean. I feel Lily Lolo’s Warm Honey could suit me when I’m paler, but Coffee Bean looks great when I spend a normal amount driving, going outside, etc.
Now off to unboxing..!
I had thought previously my skin was neutral or beige-toned, but I was mistaken. I now believe I’m a warm-complexioned gal, but it’s never simple. For reference, I wear Lily Lolo’s powder foundation in Coffee Bean and 100% Pure pressed foundation in Golden Peach. The latter is my exact shade. If it weren’t for the extra smoothness and nice mattifying properties, I wouldn’t know I was wearing foundation.
When my 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Pressed Powder Foundation is done, and it’s well on its way, I’d be able to give Alima Pure’s Pressed Foundation a try. Right now I’m not sure if I’d jive better with Cardamom or Pecan. When I do know my satin matte foundation shade, I’d be able to sample Alima Pure Liquid Silk Foundation a try, too, even though 100% Pure’s Healthy Skin Foundation is first on my list to try as far as liquid foundations go.
As for 100% Pure, I really enjoy using the 100% Pure pressed compact, and the packaging is beautiful, too! I have nothing but good things to say about it. It’s easy to travel with, beautiful and gives me a light-to-medium matte coverage with a very natural-looking finish. For medium to heavy coverage, I gravitate to Lily Lolo’s powder foundation.
So far I’ve only tried the Warm 4 and Warm 5. Warm 4 looks a tad too light on me.
Warm 5, at first glance, looks like it’s the right shade, but it’s too soon to tell. I need at least two-three more tries before I can decide if it’s the right shade for me.
Wearing Warm 6, I look slightly bronzed, which is not a bad thing! I look like I’ve been sunkissed. So far, it still looks like shade Warm 5 is my closest, true-to-skin-tone match.
Each sample jar holds multiple uses. If I had to guess, I’d say a dozen or so times.
First impressions: At first glance, Lily Lolo seems to provide full coverage faster.Compared to Lily Lolo, I feel I need to layer more with Alima Pure. It looks very natural and blends easily with my Ecotools Stippling brush. A few more tries, and I’ll be able to provide you readers with a more in-depth review.
From Alima Pure’s site:
“Alima Pure cosmetics are crafted from minimal ingredients for maximum impact.
Designed for the modern, confident woman, our cosmetics are luxurious, high-performance, and made from only the purest natural ingredients.
We seek to redefine makeup as an empowering tool of self-expression through our diverse range of foundation shades and inspiring colors.
Your makeup should be able to do many things at once, just like you.
You should be able to depend on your makeup to look and feel awesome. All. Day. Long. Your makeup should enhance your best features without hiding who you are. You should be able to find an amazing foundation match and colors that inspire your self-expression.
We make makeup that doesn’t compromise.”
I couldn’t agree more.
Alima Pure has beauty products free of: parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, phthalates, dimethicone, petroleum, talc, bismuth oxychloride, and nanoparticles. Alima Pure is also cruelty-free, never testing on animals.
Continuing with my lipstick collection, today I present to you two Silk Naturals lipstick arm swatches.
Located in Trumansburg, NY, Silk Naturals has been creating natural and vegan cosmetics batch by batch since 2006. Although the small indie company is mostly lauded for its affordable and highly-pigmented eyeshadows by Youtubers and natural beauty bloggers, it carries beautiful lipstick shades and formulas as well.
Silk Naturals offers several lipstick and gloss formulas:
Organic vegan lipsticks
Kisser Slicker – Lipgloss Sticks
Black Label and Nourish Luxury glosses
Amplifying Lip glazes
Velvet matte lipsticks
Of all these, I’ve only tried the velvet matte lipsticks, of which I have two in my collection. These lipsticks are pigmented and creamy, but once they apply they look nice and quite matte. I really like the velvety smooth feel of these lipsticks. They come in a slim, black tubes. Packaging is not where Silk Naturals shines. It doesn’t matter to me, as the formulation is one of the best out there, especially as Silk Naturals Velvet Matte lipsticks are just $5.99 each!
These are great on-the-go lipsticks – pop them in your purse, apply anywhere. They are semi-matte, but not drying, and have good staying power. They are fun to put on and not fussy. I think Silk Naturals are perfect for travel! Here’s another comparison of the two shades in sunlight:
On me, Canoodle is a light, plummy nude indeed, which looks subtle and is great for wearing running errands, at the beach, and doing almost anything!
On me, Marsala looks exactly like it’s supposed to be – a deep, sultry color which gives a depth I don’t get with a lot of lip shades. Although it says on the Silk Naturals site that Marsala is a good my-lips-but-better (MLBB) on deeper tones, my tone is not deep enough – more of a medium-deep tan, so I’m happy to report I have a more “vampy” look when I wear this wonderful shade.
Both Canoodle and Marsala ingredients: Fractionated coconut oil, Castor Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Candelilla Wax, Carnauba Wax, Vanilla scented fractionated coconut oil. Also contains: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Manganese Violet
The shades Canoodle and Marsala don’t, but be aware that some lipsticks contain carmine (crushed up red beetles) and some even contain a small amount of FD&C. However, there are plenty of vegan and dye-free options to search from.
Would you believe summer is almost over? Not in the seasonal sense, because the heat down here is going to punish us for another few months – sigh. However, our local public school’s starting in a little more than a week.
Of course, in addition to caring for my household and family, I’ve been thinking of adding some beauty products for this fall – my favorite season ever. I also adore fall colors! Without further ado, here are the natural beauty products I’m lusting after, in August:
And that was all, folks. Let me know in the comments which one you like the most.
As many of you know, I’m devoted to non-toxic beauty. It’s a joy to use these products – they smell, feel, and perform nicely, and they’re not tested on animals. I feel good about using these products and don’t hesitate to pass one on to my preteen daughter if I thought it would suit her better.
As lipstick is my favorite makeup product, I’ve decided to write a series of posts about my lipstick collection. I have more than a dozen lipstick shades, which include samples I haven’t used up yet (I’m not including the ones I didn’t like and passed on to my daughter).
I have listed my favorite beauty companies in a previous post, Clean Dozen: My Current Top 12 Nontoxic Beauty Brands. One of these brands was and continues to be Red Apple Lipstick. In addition to clean ingredients, Red Apple Lipstick is gluten-free, which is lovely for those who are allergic to gluten. Lord knows I already consume enough gluten in my diet, so not having gluten in my lipstick is a plus 😉
For this post, I swatched my full tubes of Red Apple Lipstick. I have a total of eight – I swatched them on my arm and my husband’s arm. For reference, I have medium-to-deep tan skin with a warm undertone, and I wear the 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Foundation Powder in Golden Peach or the Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation SPF 15 in the shade Coffee Bean.
My husband is lighter skinned, leaning more toward medium toned with a warm undertone, and although he doesn’t usually wear foundation (ha!), I bet he’d be a 100% Pure Foundation Powder in Sand or Lily Lolo’s In the Buff.
I own the following Red Apple Lipstick colors:
Ooh La-La (a pinky brown – not my favorite – looks grayish on me)
Ravishing (a crimson, blue-toned red – my power lip)
Plum Sexy Crazy (a copper, red plum shimmery shade – a favorite)
After Hours (a deep, cool purple, no shimmer – I like it)
Mayberry (medium, dusty rose w/ a sheen – my MLBB!)
Wine & Dandy (deep, red wine – I love this color!)
Coral Crush (a true coral, pinkish orange – a bit too bright for me, but blotted is fine)
Back to the Fuchsia (best name! A bold, satiny purple-fuchsia shade)
Now off to swatching!
Notice how on him Ooh La-La looks more like a nude pinky tone, whereas on me it leans browner.
Ravishing looks more brownish on his skin. On me, it leans dark, pink-red. Back to the Fuchsia really pops.
Plum Sexy Crazy looks quite light and Mayberry looks so brown on him.
Note how Ooh La-La takes on a greyish tone, and Plum Sexy Crazy looks like a sultry, pinkish plum with shimmer on me – really nice shade on me. After Hours looks brighter than on hubby, and in the sunlight, Coral Crush looks almost unbearable. As of now, I blot it or mix it with my sample of Naughty (a tan nude) or something else to tone it down. It tends to look garish with my skin tone if I swipe it full-on.
I love the way Back to the Fuchsia looks. I’ll have to provide y’all with lip swatches some time.
I highly recommend Red Apple Lipstick, especially if you’re sensitive to gluten. I gifted my dear GF friend some samples (the shade Secrets suited her pale skin perfectly), and she was thrilled! I also gave some to another friend, with more medium skin, and she particularly liked Oh My Guava.
RAL lipsticks have a pleasant, light scent, and they wear nicely. If you blot and put on with a lip brush, they last at least four hours, but they are so fun to use, I do enjoy reapplying on almost all occasions.
Which Red Apple Lipstick shade would you most like to try?
He’s leaving tomorrow. My son is leaving for a two-week camping adventure in the mountains, hundreds of miles away, without us.
I’ve never had my boy leave me for more than a five days at a time, and when he was sleeping over, it was almost always with his grandparents who live only a half hour away. A few times he has gone to Disney World (about five hours away) with his aunt, also for a few days.
His father and I have had discussions, and our boy is a thirteen-year-old Boy Scout (almost fourteen) who has been garnering experience in camping for a while now. He’s been on a twenty-mile hike and has proven his worth as a scout at camp.
He’s going with trusted adults. One of the scout leaders, the council chair, is a lovely woman who’s also been his martial arts teacher for a long time – since he was seven – and he considers her almost family. We do, too. She’s an experienced camper and outdoorswoman and has camped in the area many times before. Lucky for me, she’s also good at sending me updates, many times with photos.
As far as the scoutmaster, he’s been a friend for about two years now, and we have known him for the past three years. Our son also trusts him and considers him fair and kind. He’s also an experienced camper and has all the gear one would need on a trip like this.
The third and fourth leaders are excellent planners and good at handling expenses and other details.
In the mountains, he’ll be partaking in many amazing activities: camping in the woods, zip lining, whitewater rafting, tubing, visiting a Native American museum, mining for gems, climbing the highest mountain in the eastern United States. This will be a trip he’ll always remember.
Why then, is it so hard? What is so hard about letting go? I have always been an adventurer in my heart. Is it the fact he’s going away for two whole weeks, or the fact he’s going to be making decisions on his own once in a while, the fact I’m not there to remind him, and the biggest fact of them all weighing on my heart: I will miss him.
I’ll miss his smile, his laughter, his irreverent humor, his exuberance, his lack of diligence, his messiness, everything. I’m going to miss my boy.
Someone once said the toughest part of being a mama is to forever to have your heart go walking outside your body. Letting him go and learn and grow on this camping trip is splitting my heart and have it wander farther than I’ve ever let it roam before.
I know it’s not easy, but I know I must. I trust in God to keep him safe and the leaders, who all have one of their own children on the trip as well.
My husband got me Lily Lolo’s Filthy Rich palette as a gift a few months back. He knew I had my eye on it for weeks, and he followed my links – I’d texted him previously – and purchased it at Petal & Post.
I chose the Filthy Rich palette because of the colors! I mean, look at these colors! Eight pretty fall colors – silvery white, ivory, rich gold, copper, khaki, bronze, and mauve brown. A dark chocolate brown at the right before last completes smoky eye looks, shades dramatic creases, can be used with a small, thin brush for lining the eyes as well. Just think of the permutations of looks you can create with the Lily Lolo Filthy Rich palette. So many possibilities.
My skin is tan and I was afraid the Laid Bare palette wasn’t going to show up on me. I believe I was right, because the Filthy Rich shades, as colorful as they appear in their pans, show up like more natural shades on me – the way Laid Bare would probably look on paler skin.
As you can see for scale, I’m holding the palette between thumb and forefinger. I’ve always felt I wasted eye shadows before, and with this little palette I won’t feel wasteful and be able to actually finish all the eye shadows.
Lauded for its mascara around the world, Lily Lolo is a mineral cosmetics company based in the UK known for its commitment to clean and cruelty-free ingredients. Aside from having earned the BUAV – better known as the Leaping Bunny – approval, Lily Lolo has a list of noxious ingredients it does not include in its line. Lily Lolo’s line is:
free of parabens
free of fragrances
free from harsh chemicals
free of bismuth
90% vegan (10% includes carmine, lanolin and/or beeswax)
free of fillers
The shades have neat names as well – from right to left, from lighter to darker shades:
Starry Eyed – satin, silvery white
Ivory Tower – demi-matte, ivory
Gold Rush – shimmer, bright gold
Ginger Nut – shimmer, light copper
Ivy League – shimmer, golden khaki
Brassed Off – shimmer, browny bronze
I Should Cocoa – matte, rich chocolate brown
Truffle Shuffle – demi-matte, mauve brown
I wear Filthy Rich to work. I like to alternate between the shimmer and matte shades. Before I begin applying my makeup, if I want the colors to pop a bit more, I use Lily Lolo’s Prime Focus Eyelid Primer.
As you can see on the photo above, Gold Rush appears more faintly on my arm, but with the primer and a few layers, I achieve a nice golden shimmer on my lids for special occasions. On regular days I just apply once or twice for pop of gold shimmer for an everyday look.
The first two shades I use as a highlighter on the brow bone or alone on the whole eyelid for a quick awake look. On some days, I also apply these close to my tear ducts.
Then I put either one or two of the middle four shades on the lid and the last two shades in the crease. I already own a nice eyeliner from 100% Pure I really like, so I don’t use the last two as eyeliner, but I could. In fact, I could use all the shades as eye liners. Writing this makes me want to try.
I’m grateful Lily Lolo provides pressed eye shadows. Pressed eye shadows are not common in the green/non-toxic beauty world. They are hard to find, and if you happen to come across one, very highly priced. One of my favorite things about Lily Lolo is also its affordability. The Filthy Rich palette, with its eight shades, costs $34 on the Lily Lolo US site.
However, I was able to find it on Petal & Post at $36.20 Canadian Dollars (CAD), which translates into $28.87 US dollars. Petal & Post also offers 10% off when you sign up for its newsletter and free shipping on orders over $75.
Although other of the flashy popular eye shadow palettes by NARS, Anastasia and MAC may have deeper pigments and ultra shine as per other reviews I’ve read, I’d choose Lily Lolo’s palette over the latter brands any day as it provides me with natural-looking, non-toxic eye makeup which lasts with deeper colors all day with the primer, and provides a more muted look without.
I like the Filthy Rich palette as it’s equally at home in the boardroom as at a nighttime gala. As it includes both shimmer and matte shades, I’m able to create multiple looks which look well with my tan skin, very dark hair and eyes.
My husband bought the Lily Lolo palette with his (our) own money and we weren’t compensated in any way. This review is independent and I’m not affiliated with the Lily Lolo brand.
Indeed my blog description says “lust for learning”, but I also oftentimes have lust for products! Here’s a list of what I’m craving to try right now, especially with an eye toward fall, which is my absolute favorite season of the year:
I have to add – I think this beautiful color could go well with almost anyone – it will be dark and mysterious on peachy cream skins, while looking radiant and exotic on tan, olive and deep skin tones.
I love this eye liner. If the Black Tea is as fine as the Dark Chocolate one I own, it looks terrific, smells amazing, stays put, and the brush provides great control on these tiny curves and lines. It also doesn’t irritate my eyes in the least. A+!
Lastly, Andalou Naturals offers a whole array of skin creams, masks, shampoos and conditioners in its Beauty2go section. I’d like to sample most of them! I need to stay from volumizing shampoo, though 😉
I really like it when companies provide samples or travel sizes. I have a family wedding to attend – at Disney World! – in October, and I’ll definitely want to take along Andalou Naturals’ Brightening Kit. The Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask seems like it smells amazing, and ideal for fall. I’ve never tried a night cream of Purple Carrot either.
So these are my favorite items I’m lusting after. What are you craving right now?