Inika Loose Mineral Blush in Blooming Nude & Inika Vegan Blush Brush Review

Hello Beauties!

Today I will be reviewing Inika’s loose mineral blush in blooming nude along with their vegan blush brush. I have purchased from Inika before and have been impressed with their products. I absolutely love their loose mineral blush in ‘Peachy Keen’ and think everyone should own this colour (review here).

Inika is an amazing Australian brand of certified organic cosmetics that cater to the modern woman wanting quality makeup with skin loving ingredients that perform. Inika has actually won awards for their products that have out performed non organic brands. Inika is great for people with skin sensitives as they are gentle and contain advanced botanical ingredients completely free of synthetics, and all their products are certified organic, halal, vegan, and cruelty free. How amazing is that!

I adore the shade ‘peachy keen’ and continue to use it daily, however I was looking for a blush that was more on the bronzy nude shade for winter. The shade ‘blooming nude’ is exactly that. A hybrid between a mauve blush and a bronzer (although I would classify this as a matte bronzer).  It is even described as being a contour shade for the cheekbones, which would be perfect as it doesn’t contain much, if any shimmer (as you can see in the flash photo below).  I always get compliments wearing this as people think its my contour shade! My first impressions were quite underwhelming as I didn’t think the shade suited my fair complexion. However, the more I started to play around with it, the more I fell in love with it. t is such a pretty, natural shade that would look amazing on a variety of skin tones. This is definitely my go to winter blush shade as it goes with more darker lip colours and a neutral smokey eye.

What I love about Inika’s loose mineral blushes is how incredibly soft and easily blendable they are. They are also incredibly pigmented due to the lack of synthetic fillers, oil, talc, alcohol, fragrance, preservatives, and chemical dyes. Not only will this pot of blush last you for years, the colour is also very long lasting throughout the day and gives your skin a natural, healthy glow. I also love the minimal ingredient list as the fewer ingredients a product contains, the less likely it is to irritate your skin!

As you can tell in the images above, Blooming Nude is a very bronzy shade compare to Peachy Keen. It is also very matte compared to Peachy Keen, which give you more of a glow.

Ingredients: Mica (CI 77019); Zinc Oxide (CI 77947); May contain (+/-) Tin Oxide (Cl 77861), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891); Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (Cl 77007).

*Certified Organic

Certified Cruelty-Free, Vegan and Halal.

Size: 3g

Price: AUD $45

Rating: 5/5

Website: https://www.inikaorganic.com

Overall, I really love Inika’s loose mineral blushes, and recommend you give them a try if you have sensitive/breakout prone skin. I love the shade “blooming nude” as my winter blush as it gives the right amount of bronze and pinky mauve to the cheeks!

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Inika’s Vegan Blush brush is made from soft synthetic fibres, is vegan, cruelty free, and halal. The bristles are incredibly soft and are designed to pick up product and distribute evenly and flawlessly across the face. Because the brush is so dense, it picks up a lot of product in one area of the brush instead of evenly on the entire brush. I find I have to swirl the product in the cap before I apply it onto my face so I spread the product evenly on the brush. Besides that, I do think this is a beautifully made brush that applies product nicely and very gently on the face. It can not only be used for blush but also as a contour brush as it fits perfectly in the hollows of the cheekbones.

Description:

“Our Vegan Blush Brush is designed for shading and highlighting the cheeks and face with our Loose Mineral Blush or Loose/Baked Mineral Bronzer.

The perfectly sized bristles are extremely soft, and, like the Kabuki Brush, are designed to hold the powder in the brush helping to maximise the application of the product.”

Ingredients: 100% Vegan & Cruelty Free Synthetic Bristles.

Application: 

“Use small circular motions to apply INIKA Mineral Blush or Bronzer to the cheeks for a natural glow.

Slimline the face and create depth by adding bronzer to the hollows of the cheek and jawline.”

Price: AUD $39

Website: https://www.inikaorganic.com

Overall, I do think this is a beautifully designed brush that is very soft and works perfectly with the Inika Loose Mineral blushes as well as contouring powders.

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

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Vanessa Megan Rose Water Spray Toner Review

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Today I will be reviewing the Vanessa Megan Rose Water Spray Toner. I was on the search for an all natural and certified organic pure rose water spray as a makeup setting spray to help make my skin look more dewy as I have really dry skin. The only other rose water spray I have tried was one from MV Organics which I found to be too oily and heavy for my skin because it contained rose oil as well as other ingredients. I find the Vanessa Megan rose water spray to be a better option for my skin as it is light but also very hydrating and soothing as the same time.

Description as on Website:

Vanessa Megan Rose Water Spray (100ml) is a pure, certified organic Rose Hydrosol. Wonderful as a natural toner and spritzer, it leaves skin hydrated and refreshed. It also makes for a fab makeup refresher and hydrating travel companion.

Rose Otto Hydrosol ‘Super’ (Certified Organic) is produced using beautiful, Bulgarian organic roses. This is not a bi-product of essential oil distillation, instead it has been produced exclusively for its highly fragrant rose water.

Rosewater is suited to all skin types. It controls and balances sebum production, making it ideal for both dry and oily skin. It can balance and restore skin’s Ph and help reduce open pores. Its antibacterial properties help fight acne giving troubled skin a gentle, rather than harsh treatment. It is also known to be useful in the treatment of dermatitis.

About the Company:

Vanessa Megan is an aspiring and passionate Australian company created by Vanessa Gray to give customers visible skin results with luxurious, eco-friendly, natural and organic skin care products that have been scientifically proven. Every single Vanessa Megan product has been designed to meet the uncompromising standard of this statement: “You should never put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat.”

I absolutely love what the company stands for, I love supporting Australian brands, and their products are quite affordable for the high quality ingredients.

Rose water is known for its many cosmetic benefits, such as:

-Maintaining skin’s natural pH balance.

-Helps fight against eczema, acne, rosacea and dermatitis.

-Helps heal scars, wounds, and cuts.

-Hydrates and moisturises dry, dull skin, making it feel and look smooth.

-Cooling and soothing to the skin, which is especially great for sensitive and inflammed, dry skin!

-Helps even out skin tone.

-Antibacterial properties

-Helps revitalise ageing skin, keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay.

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The scent is absolutely divine! Very calming and soothing. It doesn’t linger on your skin though, so you won’t smell like a bouquet of roses (unfortunately).  It uses the highest quality Bulgarian roses to produce this luxurious scent. It’s not overpowering at all, just simply delicious.

The way I use this toner is both as a makeup setting spray, over my Jane Iredale Purepressed Base, to give a more dewy look, or I spray this throughout the day over my moisturiser to hydrate and even out skin tone, whilst also bringing down any inflammation I have.

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I love how pure and simple this product is as it contains only one ingredient, 100% natural and certified organic rose water hydrosol. It is also Australian made, Australian Certified Organic (the highest certification for food and cosmetics), vegan, and not tested on animals!

The packaging is a let down for me. Although I love the glass bottle and butterfly detail, the sprayer is just terrible. It sprays so uneven and doesn’t spray where you position it, which in turn wastes product (The KORA rose mist nozzle is amazing with even application of the fine mist). I love how the glass bottle is dark so that the sunlight doesn’t spoil the product inside, but it is also transparent enough for you to see how much product you have left.

This rose water spray has not broken me out once, but has made my skin a lot better. If I do have any breakouts, this is very helpful and soothing to areas of inflammation. It definitely gives you a nice, healthy glow, smoothing out the skin. It never makes your skin oily or too heavy feeling, just very refreshed and comfortably hydrated. As for the evening out of the skin tone, I feel like I need to use this over a long period of time to see results.

The price comes to AUD$29.95 for 100ml. I think it’s very affordable considering the quality of the rose water, the amount you get, and how much comes out with one spray, making it last for months.

I highly recommend rosewater to anyone suffering from dry, ageing, sensitive skin that is also prone to breakouts and inflammation. Although I love the product inside, I do wish they would fix the sprayer to provide a more even and fine mist application. Because of this issue, I will not be repurchasing this product.

Where to buyhttp://www.beautifulbecause.com.au

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

KORA ORGANICS Luxurious Rosehip Body Oil Review

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Hello Beauties!

Today I will be reviewing the KORA ORGANICS Luxurious Rosehip Body Oil. You all know how much I absolutely adore this line of certified organic skincare because of my very sensitive, troublesome skin. I am very particular of what products I use on my skin, both face and body, because I am prone to breakouts and eczema. I have tried a lot of different products from the KORA range and so far have been absolutely impressed with pretty much everything I have tried. The quality of ingredients and the results you get is really amazing. I bought this product to help even out my skin tone and add hydration because I have really dry skin on my face and body. I also use the KORA Essential Body Wash, which works great with this product. I also use a derma roller on my body once a week to help build collagen, encourage cell turnover and help reduce some light marks I have leftover on my body from previous breakouts.

Previous to using certified organic body care, I used conventional body washes and scrubs that would irritate my skin and cause bumps to form on my skin. What I love about the KORA body range, the body wash and body rosehip oil in particular, is how light they feel on my skin. I cannot use coconut oil or any heavy oils on my skin because it will get clogged. I aim to use lighter, water based products on both my face and body. The Luxurious Rosehip Body Oil is great because it is such a light, watery oil that doesn’t clog my skin, hydrates it overnight leaving my skin silky soft in the morning, provides a nice healthy glow, and evens out my skin tone beautifully. I prefer to use this when I don’t have any active breakouts, however it works wonders when applied to small red bumps from ingrown hairs. It gets rid of them overnight! This is my second bottle of this heavenly goodness, so you know it’s good!

Description:

“A carefully blended powerful treatment Body Oil combining Noni Extract, and Organic Rosehip providing the skin with a rich source of antioxidants and Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’S). EFAs are important in preventing damage to skin tissues. This Luxurious Body Oil hydrates and replenishes the skin’s moisture levels. It improves skin tone and texture and leaves the skin feeling radiant, soft and healthy.”

Directions:

“For the ultimate bath experience put a few drops of KORA Organics Luxurious Rosehip Body Oil into the bath to create a super moisturising bath experience. Alternatively, for a great after shower or after bath experience, warm several drops of this delicate, luxurious oil in the palms of the hands and rub all over the body into moistened skin. An essential multi-purpose, nourishing body oil designed to hydrate and illuminate the skin.”

Ingredients: Rosa eglentaria (Rose Hip) Oil*, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Soyabean derived Natural Vitamin E), Punica granatum (Pomegranate) Oil*, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit)*, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene**. *Ingredient from Organic Farming. **From Essential Oils.

PROUDLY AUSTRALIAN MADE AND OWNED. NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS. VEGAN.

Smell:

This product has the typical rosehip oil scent, which I can’t quite describe. It’s not a terribly offensive smell, but it is also not the most amazing smell either. I happen to really like the scent. The scent doesn’t linger very strongly on the skin, especially when left to soak in overnight.

Feel/Texture:

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As I said, this oil is very light and watery so it does have a runny consistency. It is incredibly easy to blend and spread over a large surface area of skin. It does take a little while to soak in after application, I’d say about 10 minutes and you shouldn’t have that oily feeling anymore. I like to press and dab it into the skin after i’ve applied it everywhere so that it dries quicker. It leaves your skin feeling so silky soft, supple, hydrated, and comfortable.

Packaging:

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To use the product, just tip over the bottle and the product drips out. I really like the control and amount of product the top dispenses. However, I don’t like how the oil seeps around the top and down the bottle which can leave it feeling oily. I love the positive affirmation inscribed at the back, which reads confidence, as I feel like this product has definitely given me my confidence back.

Results: With continued use, results took up to a couple of weeks for me to see a difference with my uneven skin tone and texture. However, after the first use, my skin instantly felt and looked hydrated, glowy, smooth and supple. This product also doesn’t break me out, which is amazing for an oil!

Size: 80 mL / 2.7 fl.oz.

Skin Type: For all skin types. I find this is particularly good for dry, sensitive skin.

Price: AU$59.95. Although this is very pricey, the amount of product is reasonable and the results are worth it if you have uneven skin tone. It also lasts a while if you use it once/twice a week. Mine lasted for around 5-6 months.

Rating: 5/5

Recommend? Absolutely Yes! Because of it’s price, I would suggest this product to people who are concerned with uneven skin tone and texture on their body.

Where to buy: http://www.koraorganics.comhttp://www.net-a-porter.com.

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

Kora Organics Vitamin Enhanced Lip Balm Review

Hello Beauties!

Today I am going to review the KORA Organics Vitamin Enhanced Lip Balm. Now, you all know how much I adore Miranda Kerr’s certified organic skincare line. Most of the products that I have tried from the line I have fallen absolutely in love with, becoming staples in my beauty regime. Not only is everything certified organic, but the products actually work, especially for my sensitive skin. It’s definitely the most reliable certified organic skincare line on the market. I am not the easiest person to please, especially when it comes to certified organic skincare, because I have tried so many different brands and have been disappointed. However, KORA Organics delivers truly amazing results.

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Description:

“The ultimate lip balm for smooth, soft, moist lips. The highest quality Jojoba, Avocado, Rosehip and nutrient rich extracts have been organically flavoured to taste and feel simply sublime. Our vitamin enhanced formula contains Vitamin C and E to soothe, smooth and renew even the driest of chapped lips, leaving them soft and kissable.”

Even for my dry, chapped lips, this lip balm definitely makes them feel very smooth, soft and kissable!

Ingredients: Ricinus communis (Castor) Oil*, Beeswax*, Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Sorbitan Olivate, d- alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Soyabean derived Natural Vitamin E), Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Rosa eglentaria (Rose Hip) Oil*, Citrus aurantifolia (Lime) Oil*, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Malpighia glabra (Acerola Cherry Powder)*, Maltodextrin*, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit)*, limonene**. **From essential oils. *Ingredient from Organic Farming.

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Texture/Feel: This lip balm feels very smooth, moisturising and soft on the lips. It gives a very nice shine, making your lips appear a little fuller. The formula is quite sticky and waxy, however melts into the lips quite nice. The only thing I can fault with this lip balm, is that it doesn’t stay put on the lips for very long, which leads me to keep reapplying it. Also, as you get more towards the bottom of it, it can clump up so you end up with more solid bits on your lips.

Smell/Taste: I quite like the subtle citrusy flavour of this lip balm. It isn’t too strong but you can definitely taste the lemon/lime essential oils.

Price: AU$24.95. The price for the size of this lip balm i feel is a little bit much. You do get quite a bit of product, however it’s still not a lot. If you are on a beauty budget, I would suggest skipping on this and using pure organic coconut oil as your lip balm.

Size: 6.5 mL / 0.22 fl.oz.

Longevity: As I said before, because this doesn’t last very long on the lips, I have to reapply it quite a bit which makes the product run out faster. However, because it is in a tub and the formula is quite sticky and waxy, it has lasted me quite a while. You also don’t need to use a lot of it as it spreads very easily.

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Packaging: I love all of KORA product’s packaging, especially the aqua blue colour! It’s very calming and soothing to the eye. KORA has just recently released a squeezable tube version of this lip balm, with a doe foot applicator. However, I prefer tubs for my lip balms. I love the peace affirmation at the back of the packaging as well.

Rating: 3.5/5

Recommend? As much as I enjoy using this product, I do think that it is quite pricey. I also do prefer my Endota Spa lip balm a lot better. However, if you want to splurge on a good quality certified organic lip balm, I would recommend to give this one a try.

Where to get: http://www.koraorganics.com

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

Why Lucas’ Papaw Ointment is a Handbag Essential!

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I’m sure every Aussie owns this cult favourite miracle ointment or has used some in the past. It is honestly a beauty must have in everyone’s handbag or bedside table! What I love about the product is how versatile it is in treating numerous skin problems (mostly minor conditions). Even celebrities from around the world love this product, including Natalie Portman! If you are not from Australia, I would highly recommend you get your hands on this product, whether it’d be online or when you are visiting. It’s definitely something worth trying. I use it mainly for small cuts, chapped lips, or bumps (after waxing), and this works AMAZING for healing these skin problems very fast. By the next day, these skin problems are either almost completely healed or gone!

Product Description: Lucas Papaw Ointment is made in Australia from pure Australian papaws. Lucas Papaw Ointment has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

What it is used for: Lucas Papaw ointment may be used as a local topical application for; Chapped Lips, Minor Burns, Chafing, Cuts, Gravel Rash, Minor Open Wounds, Nappy Rash, Scalds, Sunburn Splinters and Thorns, Temporary relief of the symptoms of dermatitis and eczema.

Ingredients: Carica Papaw (fresh fermented fruit) 39mg/g

Feel & Consistency: The ointment is very thick and moisturizing on the skin. It’s very smooth, but heavy in formula. Feels wonderful on chapped lips and lasts throughout the night!

Rating: 5/5

Recommend? 150%. This is a must have beauty item! This is not Australia’s cult favourite product for no reason! It’s such a wonderful multiuse product that delivers fast results.

Price: AUD $5.99

Where to Buy: Pretty much everywhere in Australia. Not too sure about international customers. You might have to try eBay or Amazon.

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beautywithinandout

xx

Mukti Pink Grapefruit Body Wash Review

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Mukti Botanicals is an Australian certified organic skincare line, ranging from face, body, and haircare products. I’m always on the verge of finding a good organic body wash for my sensitive skin, which is really reactive. I thought i’d give Mukti’s Pink Grapefruit body wash a try, as pink grapefruit is meant to help with body breakouts, and because it’s organic I thought it would be gentle on my skin. Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to like this product, it didn’t work so well to heal breakouts, but rather would create some red bumps on my body whenever I used this product. However, I can’t fault the product as it wasn’t specifically targeted for breakout prone skin, however it shouldn’t cause breakouts! Even though it is all natural and contains some really good ingredients, I’m still not sure what might be irritating my skin with this product. It was quite disappointing because I actually really enjoy other Mukti products, but this one however was a miss for me. Keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different, and so what might not work for me, might be the perfect product for you. Also, what is so great about Mukti is that they offer samples on their website! In saying that, I did get a sample of this, and at that time my skin was fine, however it probably needed more uses to see how it’d work on my skin.

Description as on the Mukti website:

Features: calendula, sage, citrus.

“A gentle foaming and cleansing gel that leaves the skin feeling silky smooth and lightly moisturised. Naturally infused with a harmonising blend of organic plant extracts and pure essential oils. Suitable for babies and children. Also suitable as a bubble bath.”

Benefits:

-Cleansing & hydrating

-pH balanced

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Ingredients: Certified Organic Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice; Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate; Cocobetaine; Certified Organic Aqueous Extracts of Bladderwrack (Fucus Vesiculosus), Calendula (Calendula Officinalis), Chamomile (Chamomilla Recutita), Ginkgo Biloba Leaf, Horsetail (Equisetum Arvense), Nettle (Urtica Dioica), Red Clover (Trifolium Pratense), Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis), Sage (Salvia Officinalis) & Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium); Xanthan Gum; Certified Organic Essential Oils of Pink Grapefruit (Citrus Paradisi), Tangerine (Citrus Tangerina) & Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia); Vitamin E (Tocopherol); Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid & Sorbic Acid; Salt (Sodium Chloride); Citric Acid.

The Smell: The smell is quite citrusy and you can definitely smell the pink grapefruit. Citrus smells aren’t my favourite, but it wasn’t so unbearable to use.

The Feel: It’s quite an odd gel like texture, from the Aloe Vera base. Not my favourite texture either. Would have preferred something more creamy. It lathers quite well, but not to the extreme. It also feels as though there is some residue left on the skin, which I don’t like.

Size: The product comes in quite a large bottle, containing 500ml. So, if you’re not that impressed with the product, then it feels wasteful to throw it out. It will definitely last for a while.

Who is it suitable for? The Mukti website states all ages, even suitable for babies and children. Although if you have sensitive, reactive breakout prone skin, i’d probably stay away. If you did want to give it a try, i’d suggest getting a sample first.

Rating: 2/5

Recommend? Unfortunately this product is a miss for me!

For more information, visit the Mukti Botanicals website: http://www.muktiorganics.com

If anyone has any suggestions on good organic body washes or soaps for sensitive acne prone skin, please let me know!

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

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