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! ūüôā

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.

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 Рamong 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‚Äôt 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 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 ūüėČ

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 Hollype√Īo.
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 Р 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.