Chemical Vs. Physical Sunscreens: Choosing the Safest Option

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Hello Beauties!

Since it is almost summer here in Australia, I thought I would make a blog post about the difference between chemical and physical sunscreens. Although, you should be wearing sunscreen all year round, especially here in Australia, the sun is more harsh in the summer months. It is so important to protect your skin from sun damage as well as skin cancer. Before doing my own research, I never knew that conventional sunscreens, or chemical sunscreens, could do more damage than good. You would expect a sunscreen to protect you from the sun, not expose you to more damage by allowing the sun’s rays to be easily absorbed into the skin.

To see what type of sunscreen ingredient/s is used in your product, look at the ACTIVE ingredient list.

Ingredients to AVOID in Sunscreens (Chemical):


-Octinoxate (Octylmethoxycinnamate)

-Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate)




Basically, anything other than Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide, should be avoided.

These toxic, chemical ingredients, used in almost all conventional sunscreens, should be avoided due to thier ability to deeply penetrate the skin, causing allergic reactions and are known hormone disruptors. This is why many people avoid wearing sunscreen because they say it breaks them out. Not only are these toxic ingredients not offering the best possible broad spectrum protection, they are also damaging to your health!

Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, minerals that occur in nature, offer the best broad-spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays. 

Ingredients that are SAFE in Sunscreens (Physical):

-Zinc Oxide

-Titanium Dioxide

These two ingredients are incredible not only because of the broad sun protection they provide, but they also help heal such skin conditions as acne! You should also choose non-nano particle sized Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, so that the minerals sit on top of the skin to act as a physcial barrier, rather than being absorbed into the skin. Most of the time, a product will state this on their labelling.

You should choose a mineral sunscreen that has an SPF of 15-20 to be the safest. It is a common misconception that the higher the spf, the more protection you get. However, the protection you get isn’t correlative to the numbers. For example, an SPF of 10 means 90% of UVB rays are blocked. There is plenty of research out there on SPF and the percentage of protection each offers. Basically, don’t be fooled by marketing schemes with higher SPFs!

I personally wear and love the Jane Iredale Purepressed base in Warm Silk (review here). It not only offers broad spectrum sun protection, but it is also approved by the Skin Cancer Council, offering an SPF of 20! It gives amazing buildable coverage, is water resistant, look flawless and natural, has incredible staying power, and heals any hormonal breakouts I may have! It is honestly such a wonderful multitasking product recommended to me by my beautician!

There are many other mineral sunscreens out there to choose from. All you need to look for in the active ingredient list is either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, or both! Other great brands that offer mineral sunscreen include; Inika’s mineral foundation SPF 15 (they also offer a liquid foundation with SPF) that is more sheer in coverage, and Mukti’s Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15. I would really recommend the Jane Iredale if you are looking for an all round fabulous and affordable (considering what it does and the quality) mineral foundation sunscreen.

I hope this helped you beauties out there in making the safest choices about the sunscreen you wear! Please be safe this summer and have fun! I would love to know what is your favourite mineral sunscreen brand?




Valentine’s Day Makeup Look (Using Mostly Natural Products)

Hello Beauties!

I have a Valentine’s Day look for you, inspired by Jessica Biel’s character in the movie, “Valentine’s Day.” This look uses mostly natural makeup, however if you don’t have access to most of the products mentioned, you can swap products for what you have already! I absolutely love her simple, yet feminine look in the movie. The pink, flirtacious lips are definitely the main focus of this look. Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with loved ones, your boyfriend, or your girlfriends, this look is very versatile! Enjoy!




-Biel’s character wears a matte, but natural base. I would recommend the Jane Iredale PurePressed Base, with the Inika Kabuki Brush. Not only can it build up to full coverage (using the Jane Iredale Flocked Sponge), it looks very natural and lasts a long time. It’s also made with natural mineral ingredients that are gentle and good for your skin! If you need to conceal any blemishes, only SPOT conceal with your favourite concealer.


-If you have any under eye circles or simply want to brighten up the under eye area, I recommend the RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up. Not only is it very creamy and moisturizing, it’s certified organic with healing coconut oil to help nourish the under eye area, erasing any fine lines.


-To help set the RMS Un-Cover Up, I love using the RMS “Un” Powder. It’s made of 100% Silica, and it is VERY soft. It helps to lock the un cover up in place, as well as to help it not crease throughout the day. It’s also fantastic for laugh lines or any where you have wrinkle or crease. If you don’t have access to this product, you can use a little bit of the Jane Iredale Purepressed base on a small brush and sweep it under the eye area.



-Biel’s cheeks are of a very peachy, pink shade (though more on the peachy side). I would recommend the Inika Mineral Blush in Peachy Keen. Though this blush is VERY pigmented, it can be applied very sheerly with a light hand. Not only is it a mineral blush crushed from the Earth, it’s performance and colour are truly amazing! It gives you that natural healthy, radiant glow from within.



-Although Biel doesn’t appear to have any black eyeliner on her bottom waterline, her top waterline is very defined and dark. I would recommend the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Stingray, under the lashes on your top waterline. It gives your eyes that dark, feline sultry look, perfect for Valentine’s Day. If you wanted to add some definition to your bottom lash line, lightly smudge a light-medium brown eyeshadow.


-Biel definitely has a cat like, feminine eye look in this movie. I would suggest using the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black. The colour is a very beautiful rich black, that lasts on the eye all day. The applicator is also very easy to use, so you can control the thickness of your desired cat eye. Cat eyes, though a simple look, it can be very sexy, sultry and feminine.


-My favourite all time mascara! If you want those full, false looking lashes, this mascara is for you! The Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara, gives you those feminine, flirty lashes, perfect for Valentine’s Day!


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-This step is optional if your not a lip liner girl, however the Victoria’s Secret Lip Liner in Blushing Nude is my favourite. It’s a perfect rosy nude colour that blends with your natural lip colour, to give you a bit more definition and shape.


-The RMS Beauty LipShine in Sacred is a pretty spot on colour for Jessica Biel’s lip colour in the movie. It’s the perfect fuschia, hot pink romantic colour for Valentine’s Day. It glides on effortlessly, made with certified organic ingredients, so you won’t be ingesting any nasty chemicals! It compliments the Inika Mineral Blush in “Peachy Keen” very well. It is very pigmented so you only need a small amount. This product is definitely a must have! If you can’t get your hands on this products, other similar dupes include; Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Pink Blossom or the Maybelline Baby Lips in Baby Pink.


Ilia Beauty’s Lip Gloss in Heartbeat, is made with certified organic ingredients that help to nourish the lips. This colour is a hot pink, reddish colour that is sheer-medium buildable in colour. It compliments RMS Beauty’s Lip Shine in Sacred PERFECTLY. It is my go to lip combination. It’s not overpowering on the lips as it looks very natural. This colour is perfect for those girls, like me, who are intimidated by wearing a red lip. It gives you enough colour, but not too much to the point that you are self conscious about the colour.


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-The Victoria’s Secret Pink “Sweet and Flirty” Body Mist, is a perfect scent for Valentine’s Day. It’s definitely the scent for those girly girls who like the sweeter fragrances!

Leave a comment below on your Valentine’s Day makeup look. What are your go to products you will be wearing?




Inika “Peachy Keen” Mineral Blush VS. NARS “Orgasm” Blush

I think that I have found my HOLY GRAIL mineral blush! Inika is one of my favourite Australian Certified Organic/Mineral cosmetic brands. Not only is the packaging chic and modern, but the performance and quality of the ingredients of their products is outstanding. There is a common misconception out there that organic and mineral cosmetic brands, whilst their ingredients are good, the performance and colour is not. Well, that is not the case with Inika’s products, in particular their “Peachy Keen” blush. Inika is unique in that it does not compromise performance and colour, infusing their products with quality ingredients and strong natural pigments that compete with the mainstream cosmetic brands. Inika focuses on the purity and quality of its ingredients and is 100% Certified Vegan, Halal and Cruelty Free. I will be reviewing the Inika blush in the shade “Peachy Keen,” and comparing the colour to the NARS “Orgasm” blush. It really does compete with the NARS blush in both performance and pigment. Because the ingredients are literally just pigment minerals from the earth, it NEVER breaks me out! I would say though that the Inika blush wins by far, which is huge for a mineral blush.

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“Peachy Keen – A warm peach shade for light and medium skin tones.

INIKA Mineral Blush (3g) gives you warm, luscious colours delivered straight from nature!

The texture is extraordinarily soft while the lack of fillers means that the pigment is super concentrated, so a little goes a long way! Free of oil, alcohol, talc, fillers, fragrance, preservatives and chemical dyes for all day colour and a long lasting youthful glow.”

Ingredients: Mica (CI 77019); Zinc Oxide (CI 77947); May contain (+/-) Tin Oxide (CI 778161); Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891); Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499); Ultramarines (CI 77007).

Colour: The colour looks very intense and bright in the pot, so you only need to apply a small amount to get a natural colour, but it is still very pigmented! It is definitely more peachy in tone than the NARS “orgasm,” which is more pinky. Like the NARS blush, there are tiny specs of gold shimmer in it, but you cannot see it on your face. It only makes your skin glow, like it’s lit from within. They both pretty much give off the same glowy effect, but i’d say the Inika is more pigmented and flattering on my light skin.

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Inika "Peachy Keen" (L) & Nars "Orgasm" (R)

Inika “Peachy Keen” (L) & Nars “Orgasm” (R)

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Inika (L), NARS (R)

Flash: Inika (L), NARS (R)

Flash: Inika (L), NARS (R)

Flash (Blended): Inika (L), NARS (R)

Flash (Blended): Inika (L), NARS (R)

Feel: The Inika blush feels very, very soft and finely milled, whereas the NARS feel a little more “rougher.”

Size: The Inika blush comes in a 3g pot.

Packaging: The packaging the only thing I dislike about this product! I hate that it is a loose powder and that it does not have a sifter. It is not very travel friendly as when the product is tipped upside down, you end up with all of the blush coming out of the holes.

Price: AUD $45.00. The price is definitely worth it!

Longevity: Not only does the colour last on your skin for a long time, the product itself lasts a long time, because it is so pigmented and you only need a small amount to get the desired colour.

Application: I just use a small blush brush to apply. It’s a little harder to use because it is a loose powder, however just place a little powder in the cap and make sure to get an even amount on your brush. Just start off with a small amount and build to your desired colour.

Recommend? Definitely! If you have light to medium skin and love that natural, healthy glow. If you like more of a peachier pink, than the NARS pinkier tone, then the Inika “Peachy Keen” is for you! If you’re also looking for a healther, natural alternative to the NARS, the Inika “Peachy Keen” blush is PERFECT.

Rating: 5/5

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Inika Certified Organic Eyeliner Review

Hello beauties!

Today i’d thought I would do a review on the Inika Certified Organic Eyeliner in White Crystal. I was in search for a good organic white eyeliner for my waterline to brighten up my eyes. My eyes are quite almond shaped and large, so I wasn’t looking to make my eyes look bigger, but rather brighter. I was also looking for an organic alternative because I did want to use this on my waterline, and didn’t want any nasty chemicals going into my sensitive eye area. So, I chose the Inika brand because I own a couple of their products and really enjoy them, as well as what the brand stands for and their strictness in good quality certified organic ingredients. Also, this is the first white eyeliner I have ever tried on my waterline. The Inika Certified Organic eyeliners come in 8 beautiful shades, and I chose White Crystal. It is AUD $29.00, which is a bit pricey for an eyeliner, however it is certified organic so I was expecting this.

Description on the Inika Website:

“Handcrafted with natural plant products and mineral colour blends.”

“A beautiful, matte white. Wear this liner on the inner rim of the eye to help make eyes appear brighter – a definite secret weapon!”

“INIKA Certified Organic eyeliners have a rich and creamy consistency unparalleled in the world of natural liners. Formulated to glide on easily, they deliver even depth of colour and real stay-ability.” 

“Each INIKA Eye Liner comes with a complimentary sharpener lid.”

Ingredients: Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Mica (CI 77019), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Levisticum Officinale (Black Lovage) Oil (Olus), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbic Acid, May Contain (+/-):, Iron Oxides (CI 77491) (Red), Iron Oxides (CI 77492) (Yellow), Iron Oxides (CI 77499) (Black), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Pigment Violet (CI 77742) *Certified Organic

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I will agree that this eyeliner is very rich and creamy in consistency and glides on very smoothly and effortlessly. I love that this is formulated with great quality mineral pigments and plant products. After all, you are putting this product so close to your eye! I do have sensitive eyes and found that this did not irritate them! I was really impressed with the staying power of this product, especially in the waterline!

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The description states that this eyeliner is a matte white colour, which I kind of disagree with. When applied to the skin it is matte, however when applied to the waterline, it turns into a metallic white colour. Although I did want a matte white for my waterline, I do really enjoy how bright and awake this makes my eyes look. It isn’t sparkly or anything, just more iridescent and beautiful! The colour is really opaque and buildable, which is great. It doesn’t separate when applying to the waterline, which is another plus! The only thing I negatively say about this product, is that if you apply too much, it can sort of clump weird and cling to your bottom lashes, which is hard to get rid of. You can easily get rid of this by putting mascara on the bottom lashes though.

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I really love the chic black and gold packaging of the Inika products, and this one didn’t disappoint. I loved that this came with a sharpener, which is very handy to have! Overall, I was quite impressed with this product. I also think it would last me for a long, long time!

Rating: 4/5

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Inika Kabuki Brush Review

I’d thought i’d share my holy grail makeup brush with you; the Inika Kabuki brush. I have owned this brush now for 3 years and it has worked wonders for me! Not only has it lasted for so long, but it is still in immaculate condition. I use it to apply pressed or loose mineral foundation. It is especially luxurious when used to apply the Jane Iredale Purepressed base. This brush is so unique in it’s ability to build up the coverage you desire; from light-full coverage.


Because the bristles are so dense, you are able to pick up a  lot of product, however you should be careful not to apply too much to the face. I use patting motions when i want to build up the coverage, and buffing motions when I would like a more natural, light coverage. The bristles are also so incredibly soft and pleasant to use on the face, without causing any irritation. The Inika Kabuki brush is made from 100% synthetic materials and wood from sustainable forestry, so no animal or environmental harm is done! This brush is loved by so many, that is has even won,  ‘Must Have Brush’ from the Natural Beauty Awards 2008. It is honestly the best makeup brush you will ever own!


Because I have had my brush for so long, Inika has since come out recently with a newer version of the brush, featuring an all black appearance, along with the Inika gold logo, which has rubbed off mine. The brush looks very sleek, following with the black and gold trend with all Inika products, which I really enjoy. On the Inika website, the Kabuki brush sits at AUD $59.95. Although this is pricey for a brush, it lasts for so long (make sure your clean it with either shampoo or soap regularly), and performs so well that the price is totally worth it! I really recommend this product as I could honestly not live without it! It is a must in my eco friendly brush kit.

For more information, visit the Inika website here.

Rating: 5/5





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