I’ve have had the hardest time finding a lip liner that performs as good as my old toxic ones. Prior to switching to natural products NYX lip liner was my go-to for a pigmented and creamy line.
That all changed the day I tried ZuZu Luxe lip liners! These pencils rock!
♥ ZuZu Luxe Lip Liner in Fresh and Innocence.
♥ Fresh is a mix between mauve and taupe, perfect for people with fair to light skin. Innocence is a muted reddish brown color.
Texture: These lip pencils are extremely creamy and glide right over your skin without skipping a beat! Although some lip liners can have a sheen to them, these are exclusively matte and will not reflect any light.
Pigmentation: All you need is one application, that is how pigmented these are. In fact, when I was swatching them in the pictures above I only needed to draw one line to have a satisfactory result.
Application: What makes these so wonderful is the fact that you can apply them without tugging at your skin or having the pencil crumble as you are drawing your line. I have had both of those experiences in the past and you just feel like you’ve wasted a bunch of money. That’s definitely not the case here!
Longevity: Since I am constantly snacking or drinking something, lip liner tends to fade quickly on me. These probably only gave me 3-4 hours of wear before I needed to reapply. The great thing is that these fade evenly and you won’t look like your lips are blotchy without color or dried out.
The Verdict: These are a great deal and are just as good as a high-end conventional product. I give these my seal of approval!
♥ Wearing the color Fresh to outline my lips in the picture above.
♥ Wearing the color Innocence to outline my lips in the picture above.
Strobing is a new trend involving an excessive use of highlighter to achieve a dewy glow. It is supposed to give you a contoured look without, well, contouring.
Today I decided to take it down a notch and show you what a nice natural glow with a powder highlighter looks like.
♥ Alima Pure Highlighter in Luna on the left and Dolce on the right.
Texture: Just like all of Alima’s powders, this one is soft and buttery with extremely small flecks of shimmer.
Pigmentation: These highlighters are extremely pigmented but do not have the same end result as a cream. These create more of a subtle look that can begin to look “cakey” if too much is applied.
Application: For a very subtle highlight try using a stippling brush. If you would like a noticeable but natural highlight then try applying with a dense eyeshadow brush. However, if you want your face to look like sunshine is emitting from your skin or to glow like Edward from Twilight, try using a wet beauty blender and pressing the powder onto your cheekbones.
Longevity: Depending on how well you set your foundation this product will last all day. It usually lasts 6-8 hours for me.
Overall: I would recommend this product! The only warning I would give is regarding acne scars and pores. If you apply this highlight, or any for that matter, to these types of areas it will make them more noticeable. Start with a subtle application and work your way up if that is the case.
♥ Wearing Alima Pure Highlighter in Luna applied to the bridge of my nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin!
Is anyone else obsessed with blush? Well, I’m guilty, that’s for sure. I’ve recently begun to branch out of my normal blush comfort-zone and opt for some creams, stains, and tints.
What an exciting journey this has been!
Today I am reviewing another product from Au Naturale (this brand is becoming one of my favorites). Their Lip and Cheek tint is very moisturizing and gives a natural flushed look. You are going to love it!
♥ Au Naturale Lip and Cheek Tint in Parisian Pink
Texture: When you open the container it’s hard to know what to expect. It looks like a cream but once you rub your finger in the product you realize it is more of a “gloss”, if that makes sense. There is no shimmer or glitter but it does have a sheen to it.
Pigmentation: The company calls this a tint. Which in this case is a cross between a cream and a stain. It isn’t as pigmented as either of those, however, it does offer a very natural looking color to the skin. I can only describe it as the look you get after a run or working out. It is the perfect amount of color.
Application: I have applied this to my cheeks after warming the product between my fingertips with great success. This is now my preferred way of applying but I did use a stippling brush and the color pay-off was almost the same.
Longevity: This product does not last all day. In order to get it to last all day <5 hours, I set it with a powder blush. Once you do this the staying power is amazing! However, if you are going for a more natural look, just bring the product with you to reapply during the day. It takes 2 seconds.
Overall: I would recommend this product! It is hydrating and has nice color pay-off. Perfect for the “No Makeup” makeup look.
♥ Wearing Au Naturale Lip and Cheek Tint in Parisian Pink above!
Looking for a foundation for oily skin? Well, you have come to the right post! 100% Pure’s Fruit Pigmented Foundation is a perfect for combination and oily skin.
To my dry skin readers out there, don’t fret. If you add some argan, marula, or jojoba oil to the foundation it will apply much easier.
The green beauty girl’s bible, EWG, gave this foundation a score of 1. If you are familiar with EWG and their rating system you will know that this is one of the best scores a product can have. It means the product contains little to no toxic ingredients.
♥ 100 Percent Pure Foundation in White Peach and Peach Bisque
Texture: At first glance this is your typical liquid foundation. It uses a pump to dispense the product and feels just like any other foundation of this kind. It has a nice creamy consistency that will not run after you have pumped some onto your hand or brush.
Pigmentation: This foundation would be great for those who only need medium coverage. You can sheer it out to almost a tinted moisturizer by adding a face oil or mixing it with a moisturizer. However, if you are looking for a full coverage foundation this may not be it.
Application: When I apply this product I use my trusted beauty blender. However, I have seen people use their fingers or a stippling brush to apply without any issues. From my own personal experience, though, I have had a hard time working with this product and getting it to blend. You have to move quickly because it sets very fast.
Longevity: This product lasts all day but will definitely get cakey if you have dry skin. However, it will look fabulous all day for combination/oily skin. One other note – it does oxidize slightly.
Overall: I would recommend this product! It has fantastic ingredients and can be mixed with facial oils without losing its ability to cover skin nicely.
When I made the switch to non-toxic makeup, concealer was something I just couldn’t find a replacement for. It took a lot of trial and error to find one that I liked.
In the current “green” makeup market there are lots of concealers to choose from. One of my personal favorites is the RMS Un Cover-Up. This concealer looks good on just about anyone who tries it.
♥ RMS Un Cover Up in shade 22.
Texture: Soft and creamy are the best words for describing the texture of this product. It doesn’t need to be warmed between your fingers like some other concealers in the green category. You can just dip a sponge, brush, or finger in the pot and get a lot of product.
Pigmentation: When using this as a concealer I would say it is full-coverage. However, if you choose to use this as a foundation instead, you can expect medium coverage.
Application: I personally like to use this product with a beauty blender. It makes it easier to blend it all in and ensure that you are getting nice even coverage.
Longevity: This product lasts all day but needs to be set with a powder, even for those of you with dry skin. RMS makes their own powder that works nicely with the Un Cover Up.
Overall: I would recommend this product! It is one of the best concealers on the market and can double as a foundation. What more could you ask for?
I remember being in a girl’s high school bathroom the first time I heard about mineral makeup. One of my friends had been swirling a brush in the cap of her Bare Minerals foundation and I just stood there amazed. She looked so pretty and airbrushed after she applied it!
Soon after that I was hooked! I purchased my own Bare Minerals foundation and it became my go-to for my oily teenage skin.
Fast forward some years and here I am, giving mineral makeup a second chance. Only this time, I’m using Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation which is much better for my skin and health than Bare Minerals.
Since I struggle with dry skin, I have had to find a way to get this foundation to work for me without caking during the day. Scroll down for my swatches, review, and tips!
♥ From left to right –
Beige 5, Golden 5, Golden 4, Warm 5, Warm 4, Warm 3
♥ From left to right –
Beige 4, Beige 3, Golden 4, Warm 2, Olive 1.5
Texture: This is a silky powder product. It is lightweight and doesn’t feel as “dry” as some other mineral powders. I’m guessing Alima made this as finely milled as they could because the quality is excellent!
Pigmentation: Great pigmentation and it is completely buildable. In fact, it can serve as a full-coverage foundation or a sheer coverage foundation depending on how you apply it.
Application: In order to use this product as a full-coverage foundation I would suggest using a buffing brush like this one. All you have to do is get a generous amount of product on your brush and then press it in to your skin. Do not rub or buff, just press it all over your face. You will be amazed by the results. For a more sheer coverage, use this sheer kabuki brush by EcoTools.
Longevity: This product lasts all day but can get a little bit cakey if you have dry skin. I suggest using some rosewater to freshen it up as the day goes on.
Overall: I would recommend this product! It is one of the best powder foundations on the market and they literally have a color for everyone.
Application Tips for Dry Skin
Step 1: Prime your skin with Andalou Naturals Beauty Balm.
Step 2: Make sure you apply enough product that your skin has a sheen to it. This is going to give the powder something to stick to that is not oily or dry.
Step 3. Take your Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation and place it in the cap.
Step 4. Use the EcoTools buffing brush to press the foundation into your skin. DO NOT RUB!
Step 5. Your skin should have a nice matte finish to it and there should be no areas with cakey-ness or flaking.
Step 6. Add your favorite blush. This one is 100 percent pure in Chiffon blush.
Step 7. Add some lipstick and your look is complete!