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.

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.

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

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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:

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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!

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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.