Nudus Lipstick Samples: Swatches!

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:

Nudus Lipstick packaging. Photo Credit: Integrity Botanicals
In bright indoor light – from left to right: 27 Kisses, Just Like Jade, and Dirty Diana. You can see each has a sheen.
Outdoors, from left to right: 27 Kisses, Just Like Jade, and Dirty Diana.
Indoors, less bright: 27 Kisses, Just Like Jade, and Dirty Diana.

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:

From Integrity Botanicals

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.

These opinions are my own. I bought these samples from Integrity Botanicals with my own money.

Nudus Lipstick Samples

These samples from Integrity Botanicals come in cute little flat discs with more product than you would think. Top, left: Nudus Just Like Jade Top, right: Nudus Dirty Diana Bottom: Nudus 27 Kisses

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:

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil * , Cera Alba (Beeswax) * , Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Cera * , Tribehenin , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter * , Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil * , Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil * , Tocopherol (Vitamin E) , Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil * , Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil * , Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil , Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil * , Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Seed Oil , Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil * , Fragrance * , May Contain -+ Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide) , Mica , May Contain CI 75470 (Carmine) , Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract , Melia Azadirchta Flower Extract , Amino-Esters-1 , Coccinia Indica , Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract , Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract , Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil , Ocimum Sanctum (Holy Basil) Leaf Extract , Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Extract , Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract , Corallina Officinalis (Coral Seaweed) Extract , Eclipta Prostrata Extract , Moringa Pterygosperma Oil , Melia Azadirachta Fruit/Seed Extract , Coccinia Indica Flower Extract , Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract.

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.

New Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation Samples Unboxing + Swatches

Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation samples in shades Warm 4, 5, and 6

My new Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation samples are in! Since I’d tried the satin matte foundation and I’ve written about them, I’ve been aiming to find my exact shade.

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..!

Pretty box!
Top view
Opening the box
Mesh paper bag
Round Alima Pure sticker on paper wrap
My three foundation samples in round little cases.
Another round AP sticker on the package.
Shades don’t look too different from each other in the package.
Three little jars of foundation goodness

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.

Lipstick Collection + Arm Swatches Part 2: Silk Naturals Velvet Matte Lipsticks

Silk Naturals in Canoodle and Marsala -simple packaging belies the high-quality natural lipstick inside.
Left: Canoodle – a plummy nude on me Right: Marsala – a deep, brownish red, like the wine

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
  • Slick sticks
  • Lip stains
  • Lip balms
  • Kisser Slicker – Lipgloss Sticks
  • Black Label and Nourish Luxury glosses
  • Amplifying Lip glazes
  • Velvet matte lipsticks
  • Hyper glosses

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!

Swatched outside on a typical sunny day – Left: Silk Naturals Velvet Matte Lipstick in Canoodle, a plummy “nude” Right: Silk Naturals Velvet Matte Lipstick in Marsala, a deep, brownish plum red.

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!

Indoors: left, SN Canoodle. Right, Marsala.

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.

Indoors, with flash: Canoodle and Marsala, from left to right.

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.

What I’m Lusting After: August 2017 Edition

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:

Elusive by Axiology – described as a burgundy-drenched tone, it looks amazing on many skin tones. $30 a pop – curious on how it applies from the gorgeous tube.
Infinite by Axiology – a rich mulberry stain with a dark violet base, with hints of black and brown – how can I resist?
Bam Vegan Lipstick by Silk Naturals – perfect for Halloween, and beyond. Described on its site as rich, creamy, pigmented black lipstick. Bam!
Notion by Silk Naturals – a deep warm peach – I’ve never owned a shade like this, especially as on its site, SN claims this doesn’t turn orange – consider me intrigued.
90s by Silk Naturals. A Velvet Matte Lipstick too, it may just become my favorite brown nude. Having been a teen throughout the nineties, I feel the nostalgia as well.


Strawberry Blond by Silk Naturals. This medium peachy shade with golden highlights is just what I need to complete my eye shadow lid collection. At only $4.50 for a 3/4 teaspoon in a 5-gram sifter, I’ll be set for a good, long while.


Antidote by Silk Naturals – a beautiful, nearly brown burgundy red. Just what I needed to complement the rest of my eye shadows.

And that was all, folks. Let me know in the comments which one you like the most.

Lipstick Collection + Arm Swatches Part 1: Red Apple Lipstick

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:

  1. Ooh La-La (a pinky brown – not my favorite – looks grayish on me)
  2. Ravishing (a crimson, blue-toned red – my power lip)
  3. Plum Sexy Crazy (a copper, red plum shimmery shade – a favorite)
  4. After Hours (a deep, cool purple, no shimmer – I like it)
  5. Mayberry (medium, dusty rose w/ a sheen – my MLBB!)
  6. Wine & Dandy (deep, red wine – I love this color!)
  7. Coral Crush (a true coral, pinkish orange – a bit too bright for me, but blotted is fine)
  8. Back to the Fuchsia (best name! A bold, satiny purple-fuchsia shade)

Now off to swatching!

On my husband’s arm, outdoors, no flash, from left to right: Red Apple Lipstick in Ooh La-La, Ravishing, Plum Sexy Crazy, After Hours, Mayberry, Wine & Dandy, Coral Crush, Back to the Fuchsia

Notice how on him Ooh La-La looks more like a nude pinky tone, whereas on me it leans browner.

On hubbie’s arm, outdoors, flash, from left to right: Red Apple Lipstick in Ooh La-La, Ravishing, Plum Sexy Crazy, After Hours, Mayberry, Wine & Dandy, Coral Crush, Back to the Fuchsia

Ravishing looks more brownish on his skin. On me, it leans dark, pink-red. Back to the Fuchsia really pops.

On husband’s arm, indoors, no flash, from left to right: Red Apple Lipstick in Ooh La-La, Ravishing, Plum Sexy Crazy, After Hours, Mayberry, Wine & Dandy, Coral Crush, Back to the Fuchsia

Plum Sexy Crazy looks quite light and Mayberry looks so brown on him.

On my arm, outdoors, from left to right: Red Apple Lipstick in Ooh La-La, Ravishing, Plum Sexy Crazy, After Hours, Mayberry, Wine & Dandy, Coral Crush, Back to the Fuchsia

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.

On my arm, indoors, from left to right: Red Apple Lipstick in Ooh La-La, Ravishing, Plum Sexy Crazy, After Hours, Mayberry, Wine & Dandy, Coral Crush, Back to the Fuchsia

I love the way Back to the Fuchsia looks. I’ll have to provide y’all with lip swatches some time.

Coral Crush looks used with its flat top, but in reality, I’d shaved it off a bit to take it to Aruba with me on vacation, as per Red Apple Lipstick’s recommendations so as it not having a risk of melting in the heat.
I love my Red Apple Lipstick collection! In the future, when I’ve used up oh, three or four of these, I’m planning on acquiring Drama, Barcelona, Hibiscus, and Hollypeño.
Cute packaging! I like the ridges on the bottom, which makes holding it easier.
From far left to right, top to bottom, counter-clockwise: Back to the Fuchsia, Wine & Dandy, Coral Crush, Ravishing, Ooh La-La, Plum, Sexy Crazy, Mayberry, and all the way in the far back, After Hours.

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?

Review & Swatches: Lily Lolo Filthy Rich Palette

Lily Lolo Filthy Rich Palette (Image courtesy of

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.

Tiny, but mighty – easy to drop in my purse, and I may actually use up all my eye shadows!

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.

Treasure: Lily Lolo Filthy Rich Eye Palette in its natural element

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)
  • GMO free
  • free of fillers
Indoors, from left to right: Starry Eyed, Ivory Tower, Gold Rush, Ginger Nut, Ivy League, Brassed Off, I Should Cocoa, Truffle Shuffle

The shades have neat names as well – from right to left, from lighter to darker shades:

  1. Starry Eyed – satin, silvery white
  2. Ivory Tower – demi-matte, ivory
  3. Gold Rush – shimmer, bright gold
  4. Ginger Nut – shimmer, light copper
  5. Ivy League – shimmer, golden khaki
  6. Brassed Off – shimmer, browny bronze
  7. I Should Cocoa – matte, rich chocolate brown
  8. Truffle Shuffle – demi-matte, mauve brown
Outdoors, on a typical sunny day, from left to right: Starry Eyed, Ivory Tower, Gold Rush, Ginger Nut, Ivy League, Brassed Off, I Should Cocoa, Truffle Shuffle
Sleek and chic packaging – black with Lily Lolo’s name and clover-like logo
From left to right: Starry Eyed, Ivory Tower, Gold Rush, Ginger Nut, Ivy League, Brassed Off, I Should Cocoa, Truffle Shuffle

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.

The Filthy Rich palette includes a double-edged sponge tip black applicator, but I prefer to use my own brushes.

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.




What I’m Lusting After: July 2017 Edition

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:

100% Pure Lip Caramel in Truffle – isn’t this color exquisite? I bet it would look terrific with my golden tan skin

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.

Cocoa Butter Semi-Matte Lipstick: Currant – this is a beautiful color! It’s a cool, darker berry which would look rich with many of my outfits – I’m a sucker for berries 🙂
100% Pure Cocoa Butter Semi-Matte in Blood Orange – a strong color which is as at home in the boardroom as at a fancy gala. At $29 a piece, these lipsticks are not cheap, but I have not been disappointed in anything by 100% Pure. It’s a high-quality company.



100% Pure Long Last Liquid Eye Liner in Black Tea – I’m rocking the Dark Chocolate one, but sometimes I’d like to add more drama with the starkness of a black cat eye

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+!

Lily Lolo Mascara – I’ve heard great things about this and I love the Lily Lolo foundation and BB cream – however, this mascara would be for a more distant future, as I’m currently enjoying two 100% Pure mascaras
Andalou Naturals’ Brightening Get Started Skincare Kit

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?

My Love for 100% Pure Makeup Products

There’s no wavering in my commitment to nontoxic and natural beauty products.  One of my favorite nontoxic companies is 100% Pure. 100% Pure has a wide assortment of products ranging from haircare to makeup. So far I have only tried their makeup:

Fruit Pigmented Foundation Powder in my shade, Golden Peach

This is such a natural-looking foundation. My skin breathes while wearing this. It’s the perfect everyday foundation for all your activities. My husband knew exactly which shade to choose for me – Golden Peach. I apply it with a foundation brush and it melts right into my skin. I feel like I’m wearing nothing, but look extra finished.

Long Last Liquid Eye Liner: Dark Chocolate – smells amazing (like chocolate!), works beautifully, and lives up to its name!
Fruit Pigmented Ultra Lengthening Black Tea Mascara – separates & lengthens, smells great, and no smudge!










Maracuja Mascara: Blackberry – adds volume. Although I had my reservations about the deep purple, it looks natural and voluminous!

I’m beyond impressed with the 100% Pure beauty products, and I can’t wait to try 100% Pure’s Lip Caramel in the beguiling color: Truffle.

First Look: Au Naturale Cosmetics

Au Naturale Stick Foundation in Mumbai
Au Naturale Stick Foundation in Mumbai

Recently I ordered some samples from Au Naturale Cosmetics, a company which offers non-toxic, vegan, non-nano,  gluten-free, ethical, cruelty-free and paraben-free cosmetic products. Wow! No wonder I had to try them. I like its philosophy of “green meets glam”.  I admit I’m also a sucker for pretty packaging, and Au Naturale delivers on this front, also.

My order came in a box with an Au Naturale tape draped over it, which I thought was a nice touch.


When I opened the package, this chic little black package fell into my hands:


The two foundations I had ordered in the shade Cali and one of the powder blushes were packed like this, which I felt was a good way to protect both the creme and powder formulas. See the satin silver finish on those samples? These and Lily Lolo are the most luxurious samples (which includes packaging) I’ve received so far. I ordered both the creme and powder foundations, because although my skin tends to be oily and I prefer powder, sometimes I feel I need the extra coverage of a good stick foundation, and Au Naturale is one of the few companies which offer non-toxic, safe foundation sticks. Foundation sticks are so convenient for travel, too.

Check out the ingredients on these foundation and blush samples:



The blushes I ordered are in Fig, Apricot, and Pink Champagne. Even the names are pretty. These shades complement my tan, warm-toned skin beautifully, blend easily, are long-lasting and feel so good on my face. So far the blushes are my preferred products from these samples.

Below is an example of one of the blushes, Apricot:

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As for foundations, unfortunately,  Cali is too dark on me. When I put it on, it looks like I’ve tanned nicely, but a shade or two removed from my own shade color. I can see using this as a contouring shade. I tried both the solid (stick) and powder, and I like both. The warmth of the shade does complement me, however, and I hope one of the next samples I order, Mallorca or Mumbai, have the warm undertone of Cali. The reason I chose Cali and not the Mallorca or Mumbai is because, on the Au Naturale website, Cali is described as such:

“For medium tan skin tones with warm golden undertones.”

Well, folks, that describes me. Although Cali appeared a smidgen darker on the site than Mumbai, here’s the reason I hadn’t picked Mumbai initially. It’s described as:

“For medium deep skin tones with gold undertones.”

See the deep there? When describing Cali, there’s no deep. Hence, going by the descriptions, I (mistakenly) thought Cali was lighter. I could kick myself for not contacting Au Naturale customer service sooner. After I ordered, I contacted the makeup artist and she replied cordially that Cali was, in fact, darker than Mumbai. By the time I had contacted her, though, my samples had already shipped.

After I had sent her a few of my photos with no makeup on, the courteous lady at Au Naturale told me I was most likely Mumbai, but I could also be Mallorca. I can’t wait to order these samples, because as far as formulation goes, I have a soft spot for stick foundations, and Au Naturale does a beautiful job. Au Naturale’s formula is nice and solid, but smooth when it goes on and blends in so nicely. It feels weightless on the skin, and like I was wearing no makeup at all. I can’t detect any obvious smell, and although I can’t really tell as the shade is dark, I can tell it’s at least medium coverage. I think I’ll be able to use it as a concealer as well. It blended in so smoothly, I looked like I had a rather deep tan instead of something artificial (no Oompa Loompas here!). I even wore it to an outing, and my husband thought it looked natural, too.

As a bonus sample, Au Naturale gifted me Sangria, a lip color that to me looks like a bright shade of fuchsia. On the site, Sangria is described as “a deep, cool pink with a hint of shimmer”. I wasn’t sure how it would look on me, as I tend to stay away from shades which are too bright (ten-foot pole away from bubblegum pink). However, when I did try it, it seemed to be a more delicate color on my pink-brown lips, which looked quite nice. I was happy Au Naturale was generous to give me an extra sample. Thank you, Au Naturale!


I can’t wait to try more foundation samples and I want to also try the concealers. I think Au Naturale is a wonderful choice in non-toxic makeup, with pure ingredients and reasonable prices.


All these opinions are my own and I bought the samples with my own money. No freebies.