Fresh Beauty Products to Take on a Test Drive!

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Looking beautiful and feeling fabulous seems to go easier if we women have a few beauty aids to help with the process of maximizing our gorgeousness! So here are some fresh and fun new beauty products from handmade companies that are tried and true and may become your next favorites!
1. Natural Beauty Must-Have Collection – Pure Organic Mineral Eye Colors, $24.95 from Orglamix – These easy to blend colors come in six perfectly coordinated natural shades in colors flattering to every woman! Love them or your money back!
2.Superfruit Nutritive Cleansing Scrub – All Natural and Organic Facial Cleanser, $17 from Naturallogic – A gentle, exfoliating scrub that nourishes and revitalizes skin with fruit enzymes, anti-oxidants, phyto-nutrients, proanthocyanadins, and vitamins & mineral.
3. Flawless Finish Clarifying Mineral Liquid Foundation – All Natural/Non-Comedogenic, $14 from Erzulle Cosmetics – This makeup offers a light feel and matte finish while evening out your complexion. It’s moisturizing without being greasy and is great for mature skin!
4. Natural Nail Polish, $5.99 from Mudd Minerals – A clear nail polish free of toulene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate. Mix with Mudd Mineral eyeshadows for color!
5. Skin Care Treatment – Gentle, Sensitive, and Vegan with Natural Ingredients, $40 from DeeVoo – A three step system with a creamy cleanser, milky toner, and radiant facial moisturizer.
6. Two Creamy Lip Color Luscious Berry Mineral Lip Colors in a Pot, $10 from key botanicals – Rich lip color that wears comfortably and gives lips a soft, creamy shine. Contains emollient shea butter and plant-derived skin conditioners with a slight hint of raspberry.
7. Organic Healing Weeds Balm, $6.50 from Phoenix Botanicals – Made from a green blend of healing, wild northwestern “weeds,” this balm eases skin irritation, dryness, injury and pain and is suitable for Grover’s disease.
8. Tangerine Lavender Perfume Oil, $8.50 from The Starshine Company – This unique scent combines Citrusy Orange and Tangerine with Wild Amethyst Lavender and Bois De Rose held beautifully together with a rich Oak Moss Musk base.
9. Lavender and Sage Natural Deodorant, $7.50 from Rainwater Botanicals – A natural deodorant free of irritants and chemicals, yet highly effective. Smells great and fights odor and wetness without a sticky feeling.
10. Gardenia Whipped Body Butter – For Skin and Hair, $7.00 from Angie’s Suds ‘N’ Such – Treat your dry winter skin with this amazing body butter and whip it into shape for spring. Extra moisturizing and works great on both your body and dry, frizzy hair!

Be sure to comment with your beauty and skin care favorites!

Mineral makeup trends. Creating your own personal color style.

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Mineral makeup has become the new alternative to traditional store bought cosmetics. Not only are major cosmetic companies jumping on the bandwagon, but small businesses are forming everyday creating their own handmade versions of eye shadows, foundations, and lip colors as a natural alternative to chemical laden cosmetic brands.

rainbow eyes, originally uploaded by Erinna.

With a little practice and some basic ingredients you too can create your own custom color eye shadows. Point of Interest Blog provides multiple tutorials on how to make your own mineral makeup. From explaining the basic ingredients that go into the recipe to creating that first eye shadow, Point of Interest gives you recipes and tips for creating eye shadows in a variety of basic colors along with a run down of the basic cost of supplies to get started. There are also recipes for making foundations, lip colors and more. To get started on making your own eye shadows, visit this page. Links to the follow up tutorials are listed in the comment section. You can view all of the tutorials by clicking here. Click on older posts to continue viewing all articles. There are approximately 72 in all.

Aside of the mineral makeup basics, there are also things like primers and sealants to help your makeup look it’s best and stay put throughout the day. You can experiment with creating these type of products as well or you can purchase them from other companies who specialize in handcrafted mineral makeup. The All Natural Face makes a Vegan Eye Shadow Primer that is applied to your lid before applying your shadow and eye liner. Not only does it help your shadow to stay put but it also gives you more freedom to blend your shadows and build up a nice bold color. Their Seal It Eye Shadow/Eye Liner Sealant is a natural alternative to keeping your eye shadow and liner smudge proof and in place all day while giving your shadows a foiled, wet look. Both products are excellent. My favorite eye shadow shade from The All Natural Face is Lemon Ice. It’s lovely as a highlight color on my brow bone with a pretty shade of pink on my lids.

Do you currently use mineral makeup? What is your favorite brand(s) and color(s)?

Green Beauty Cosmetics

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I really like the idea of natural cosmetics, however, I like to use a liquid base rather than a powdered one and then follow with a loose translucent powder to finish my look. I have been using Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind The Eraser Treatment Makeup Foundation. I like that it’s not a heavy foundation and that it also moisturizes just enough that I don’t need to apply a separate moisturizer underneath my foundation. It provides a light coverage that just evens out my skin tone and has an SPF18. I wasn’t aware that there were indie cosmetic companies offering alternatives for liquid foundations until I stumbled across Green Beauty Cosmetics.
Green Beauty Cosmetics is an all natural, chemical free, non-toxic, green cosmetics line that gives health conscious women an alternative to toxic skin care products. Their products contain no genetically modified substances, parabens, petro chemicals, phthalates, synthetic dyes, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, or triclosan. All products are preserved with an ECOCERT certified corn derived preservative and ECOCERT certified plant based emulsifiers. These products are not tested on animals and you receive a free sample with every order.

I of course wanted to try the Tinted Moisturizer for Light Skin for my own fair skin so I purchased the sample size for $3. The purpose of this tinted moisturizer is to even out skin tone while providing sheer coverage and just a hint of natural color. I am happy to say that this product produced the intended results. The product is thinner than I expected, but it goes on quite easily and absorbs quickly. You can add additional product for a slightly darker tone. It  also provides the perfect amount of moisture without going overboard and it smells amazing. The scent is very herbal and reminds me of lavender and chamomile. While it does not have a stated SPF it does contain titanium dioxide, which is known for it’s natural SPF. However, if you are concerned about the sun, you may want to apply a sunscreen underneath this moisturizer or wear a loose powder on top that offers SPF coverage. As far as pricing for Green Beauty Cosmetic’s Tinted Moisturizer, I found similar that it is quite similar to that of Maybelline’s Foundation. 1oz. of Green Beauty Cosmetic’s Tinted Moisturizer is $19.95 while about half that amount – .68oz. – of Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind runs $9.99 at discount stores like Target. Additionally, if you buy a sample sized product, Green Beauty Cosmetics will refund the cost of your samples when your buy their full sized bottles.

In addition to the tinted moisturizer I received from Green Beauty Cosmetics, I also received a free sample of Eye Makeup Remover for Waterproof Mascara. While I hadn’t specifically requested a sample, I am so glad it was sent to me. I have had a heck of a time getting my waterproof mascara off lately. Often times I’m applying mascara over top of mascara that I couldn’t get completely off from the day before. This product worked perfectly at solving my this issue. I applied a somewhat generous amount to my lashes with my eyes closed, rubbed back and forth gently, then wiped clean with a wet washcloth. And voila! No more mascara. And better yet, it didn’t irritate my eyes which are often plagued by seasonal allergies. This is a must have if you’re looking for a natural alternative to your eye makeup remover.
Have you tried these or any other additional products from this company? If so, feel free to chime in with your feedback and reviews. I’d also love to hear about some of your other favorite, natural cosmetic companies!