July 29th, 2014
Have you ever heard of anthroposophy? We definitely hadn’t until we read about Weleda’s company history, which started in 1921. Anthroposophy encourages people to see their minds and spirits as intrinsically linked to the world. Weleda was established with this in mind—to use natural ingredients that can holistically work with and support the body’s healing tendencies. Many assume that an appreciation for natural product is fairly recent, but apparently it’s been around for quite a long time! Another fun fact: Weleda is named after the Celtic goddess of wisdom and healing. We tried Weleda’s Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion, which is 100% natural and 97% organic. It contains fatty acids (great for dry skin), vitamin-rich oil from organic sea buckthorn, mallow extract, and shea butter. What we noticed first was the strong and long-lasting citrusy smell that lasts for hours. If you like citrus scents then you’ll love this lotion. The lotion isn’t very thick, but moisturizes and absorbs very well. If you have super dry skin this won’t be enough. But for everyone else, it’s a great lotion to use and of course you get the peace of mind that you’re not putting chemicals on your skin.
July 26th, 2014
There is a growing movement for all-natural products—and as more companies address it the quality of what’s out there improves all the time. We tried a lotion and a body wash from Dr. Mercola, which is a brand that offers all natural products. The thought behind the products makes sense, since our skin is our largest organ, it doesn’t make sense to put products on it that we wouldn’t want to ingest.
Dr. Mercola Organic Body Lotion Unscented – if you’re used to using regular body lotions, this one will be a real adjustment. Even unscented products have a masking fragrance, so with an unscented organic body lotion it’s a different scent all together. All you smell is a faint trace of the ingredients – chamomile, green tea leaf extract, shea butter, jojoba seed oil, and aloe vera. The lotion feels a bit sticky when you apply it – most likely because of the aloe vera. However, it absorbs pretty quickly and does just as good of a job at moisturizing as regular lotions. Which begs the question, why do personal care products have to have so many chemicals? If you have super dry skin, Dr. Mercola also offers a body butter.
Dr. Mercola Fresh Scent Body Wash – of the two products we tried, this is our favorite. You have it all with this product, the pleasing scent, effectiveness, and organic. The scent is great, but this is a light scent and isn’t as strong as your typical body wash. The wash contains aloe, macadamia nut oil, and shea butter. Those with dry or sensitive skin will be thrilled with how this body wash doesn’t strip the skin at all. The only downside is that you only get a little bit of lather, so you may go through this wash a bit quicker.
July 23rd, 2014
If you’re looking for something different than the usual lip gloss or lipstick, then you may want to try Revlon’s ColorBurst Balm Stain. We tried this balm stain in Romantic, which does not go on nearly as dark as it looks. Since this is a combination of a lip stain and balm, it has a sheer color. However, the color lasts a lot longer than you would expect. To explain the texture, it’s as if you applied chapstick with the color intensity of a gloss and the longevity of a stain. Enter to win this product and more in our contest of the quarter!
July 14th, 2014
Sometimes the best products that you’ll ever use are the most obvious inventions. The new bareMINERALS Perfecting Face Brush is so neat, it begs the question, why haven’t all companies come out with brushes like this? The unique section inside the brush is what makes it great. Whatever foundation you pump into the brush stays put, instead of dripping down the brush, onto your sink, down your hand, etc. The brush is also a high quality. The bristles are soft enough that they feel great on your face, but stiff enough to retain the structure of the brush. We recommend cleaning your brushes at least once a week. However, if you’ve used some inexpensive brushes on the market, you know that the foundation causes the bristles to stiffen—leaving you with a streaky foundation look unless you clean it after every use. With the Perfecting Face Brush that doesn’t happen, so you can still wash just once a week. The one downside of this brush is also why it’s so great. Since the bristles are so dense and make it hard for the foundation to spill outside the brush, it also retains more makeup. To wash this brush, you’ll need to be thorough to ensure that all of the makeup is out. We suggest swirling the brush in your hand in soap while running it under water, then turning it upside down and running your fingers back and forth over the bristles under the water to get all the makeup out the center. At $28 this foundation brush may be more than you’re used to spending, but it’s definitely worth it.
Tip: To get a seamless look, use a circular motion to apply your foundation. You can put your concealer on first, then use the brush to blend the foundation over it.
July 4th, 2014
RoC® is a well-respected anti-aging drugstore brand, so we tried their MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Why is it called 5 in 1? It’s supposed to fight discoloration, sagging, dryness, dull tone, and wrinkles. Fortunately, this product turned out to be a winner in particular with sagging, skin tone, and wrinkles. The product works because of HEXINOL technology. We looked it up and found out that it has molecules that improve aging, but not what it actually is. We’re curious to know what the actual ingredients are.
June 25th, 2014
Since we tried Garnier Clean + Purifying Foam Cleanser and liked it, we wanted to try the cleanser for dry skin – Garnier Clean+ Smoothing Cream Cleanser. Fortunately, our tester with dry skin liked this cleanser as much as our tester with combination skin liked the Purifying Foam Cleanser. The Smoothing Cream Cleanser is great for dry skin since it has jojoba and macadamia oils. As you may already know, oil doesn’t always mean pore clogging. Including oil in this cleanser was ingenious because the oils dissolve your makeup. Those of you with dry skin know that cleansers for dry skin are typically gentle, and unfortunately gentle on makeup removal. You’ll like how it feels to get a thorough cleansing without stripping your skin. After washing dry skin, you have to reach immediately for moisturizer before your skin starts feeling tight. Smoothing Cream Cleanser gives you more time and leaves your skin feeling comfortable. Also, when you use water you’ll get a good lather, which is pretty unique for a creamy cleanser. The scent of this product (like all Garnier products) is refreshing, but we wonder if it may be too heavily fragranced for sensitive skin.
Tip: If you have dry skin, you know how important it is to drink enough water. But you can take it a step further and eat foods that are good for your skin as well. Try stocking up on salmon and avocado. Both are helpful to skin lipid layers!
June 23rd, 2014
- Go back to the basics – there’s a reason why applying foundation then powder is a traditional method. The foundation gives good coverage, and then the powder sets the makeup. If you haven’t tried it, you’ll love how your foundation lasts. The secret to it not getting cakey? Use a big fluffy brush with pressed powder to set your foundation. Pressed powder is finer and is easier to control
- Use foundation on your eyelids – you may not have blemishes or anything to cover on your eyelids, but a light layer of foundation will keep your eyeshadow where it’s supposed to.
- Put lipstick over your lip gloss – lip gloss is often the choice in the summer because it’s looks light and fresh. However, it’s not long-lasting. Put your lip gloss on first, and then use a light layer of heavily pigmented lipstick on top. You’ll get the best of both worlds, a light look and color that stays.
- Use a setting spray – you already know about makeup primer. But to really get your makeup to go the extra mile, use a makeup setting spray on top. It’s another step, but it’s well worth it!
- Use powder blush on top of cream blush – faded blush doesn’t look bad at all. But if you love the look of your blush, use a cream blush as a base and a powder blush to set it.