RMS Beauty Lip Shine in “Bloom”

Hello Beauties!

I think by now you know how OBSESSED I am with RMS beauty, in particular their lip products. I think she has nailed the formula, packaging, colours and ingredients. I really love her lip shines, which to me are a hybrid between a lip gloss and a lip balm. I love using raw coconut oil on my lips as I have very dry lips, so RMS lip shines are the perfect product for me. I love her lip shine in sacred, which is a very pigmented bright pink, however I was looking for a more sheer pink wash of colour to use at night or on a daily basis. My mother was using this colour, which is bloom, described as a “sheer petal pink with a subtle hint of shimmer.” The shade is exactly that, a very sheer wash of colour that is almost the same shade as my lip colour. I will admit at first I was quite disappointed as I thought it was too sheer for me and not glossy enough. The colour did grow on me and I really liked how natural it looked on my lips. As with all RMS products, everything is raw, food grade, and certified organic, which I especially love in lip products.

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With flash, you can see tiny flecks of shimmer.

Description:

Fusing a blend of nourishing oils and pure mineral pigments, this creamy lip emollient delivers a sheer hint of colour and a touch of gloss to lips.”

This is a very nourishing, healing balm that feels smooth and hydrating on the lips. However, I don’t think this is glossy enough for me and would prefer more shine. I do love how this does not feel sticky at all! Even though it has shimmer in it, you cannot see or feel chunks of it on your lips. Because this is a lighter shade of pink, if you have any dry skin on your lips it will catch onto it. I always recommend scrubbing your lips beforehand. I wouldn’t say this is the most moisturising lip shine I’ve tried, as I found the colour sacred to be a lot more hydrating. Nonetheless, this is still a great lip product that moisturises and provides a sheer wash of colour.

I can’t really describe the scent, other than it’s not fruity or floral, just natural. It kind of smells/tastes like raw coconut oil. I quite like it. Even though the size of the pot is small, the product lasts such a long time as you only need a little bit. Because this is a sheer colour, it won’t last as long on your lips, compared to sacred which would leave a pretty stain on my lips overnight!

Ingredients: *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Buriti (Mauritia Flexuosa) Oil, *Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), Centella Asiatica Extract, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Non-GMO, may contain: [+/- Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891 and Mica CI 77019].

I love how short and simple her ingredient list is. I also love how you can recognise every single ingredient!

I would highly recommend trying out her lip shines if you like to wear lip balm with colour. If you love coconut oil like me, especially on your lips, you will love her products! I think she has created gorgeous formulas and shades that would work for everyone.

Where to buy: https://www.rmsbeauty.com

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

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RMS Beauty Lip Shine in Sacred Review

Hello Beauties!

Today I will be reviewing the RMS Beauty lip shine in Sacred. As you know RMS Beauty is my favourite organic line of cosmetics, particularly their lip products. At first glance this colour may look very bright and scary, but it is very wearable and pretty. It has become my favourite lip colour from the entire RMS range (as you can see I have almost used it all up!).  It gives your lips such a pretty pinky red stain that lasts for hours. You can customise the amount of pigment you want, as it can be worn as a sheer tint or as a fully opaque glossy colour. I like wearing this to bed as my tinted lip balm and the colour lasts until I wash it off in the morning. You have to really exfoliate your lips with more vibrant colours, such as this, otherwise it will cling onto dry patches and make them look darker. Also, it can stain your pillowcase if it hasn’t fully dried down to a stain.

I have very fair skin with dark hair, and this product is perfect for brightening up my complexion. As this is a lip shine, it’s a glossy formula that hydrates the lips very well. I have been wearing this every single night since I bought it, which was a year ago. This product will last you such a long time as you only need a little bit to get the pigment you want.

The packaging of RMS products is my favourite. I prefer pot lip balm products and like to use my fingers to work the product in. Because this colour is very bright and staining, it can stain under your nails and fingers if not wiped off straight away. There’s no particular strong scent, other than coconut oil, which I love. The formula is glossy, but not sticky. Overall, I would highly recommend this colour as well as the entire RMS lip range, as you are getting high quality raw ingredients that are high performance.

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

Jane Iredale Lip Definer in Nude

Hello Beauties!

Today I will be reviewing the Jane Iredale Lip Definer in the shade Nude. I am such a fan of Jane Iredale cosmetics and already use their lip definer in Spice (which is the exact shade of my lips). I was looking for a 90s brown Cindy Crawford lip liner look, and the lip pencil in nude is the perfect shade for that! This is the darkest shade I can go for me as I am very fair and Nude is about 2 shades darker than my natural lip colour. I would highly recommend this product as it’s not only packed with quality ingredients to nourish your lips, but it also performs incredibly well. I would recommend the shade Spice as your first purchase as I think it’s a more universal shade.

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The give you that sexy 90s pout, add a lighter pink nude in the centre of the lips. I find that I have to use a very light hand with this as it’s very dark and pigmented for my skin tone.

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There aren’t any official descriptions of the shades online, however I would describe Spice as a pink nude, whereas Nude is strictly a brown nude. Spice would suit a lot more skin tones than nude would, as it is a more universal shade.

You can definitely see in the swatches above that Spice has more of a pink undertone.

Description on Website:

Our Lip Pencils are soft enough to fill in your lips easily but durable enough to provide a long-lasting base to the color you layer over them.

I would say these lip pencils are more on the stiff side than creamy. They do glide on easily, however there isn’t much slip to them which I prefer as it means it will last a long time.

Details:

  • Mineral pigment-based lip pencil with a soft formula that won’t tug at delicate skin.
  • Made with conditioning oils and waxes.
  • Soft formula lends itself to blending and being used as a lip base.

Ingredients: Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate. [+/- (May Contain) Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Mica, Carmine (Ci 75470)].

*All shades are wheat free. The shade Nude is vegan, however Spice contains carmine.

Shades: 12 shades

Packaging: I love the sleek packaging, however I would prefer a twist up lip pencil as I’m lazy when it comes to sharpening.

Scent: There’s no particular scent besides the woody scent of the lip pencil.

Longevity: Because the formula is not super creamy, I find this lasts quite a while on my lips. However, don’t expect it to last all day.

Feel/Look: Definitely more on the stiff, matte side than creamy.

Size: 0.04 oz

Rating: 5/5

Cruelty Free:

  • Jane Iredale is certified cruelty-free by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program, the leading internationally respected animal protection group for cruelty-free certification.
  • Jane Iredale products are also certified cruelty-free by PETA.

Where to Buy: https://janeiredale.com

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

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

Shaving Routine: Natural & Safe

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Hello Beauties!

Today I thought I’d share my shaving routine using mostly safe and natural products. I wanted to share this as for a long time I struggled to find products that worked on my sensitive skin. I have also perfected my shaving technique in which I no longer experience nasty razor burn and/or bumps, but am still able to achieve a close shave.

As I have sensitive skin, I am a firm believer in using less products that also contaim simple, minimal ingredients.

Here is what you will need:

  1. A simple unscented fragrance free bar soap. I love the Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Bar Soap – Baby Unscented. It is so gentle on my skin and doesnt clog my pores or cause razor bumps. It is also very thick and builds a nice lather (which is what you want to avoid irritation and get the closest shave possible without cutting yourself). Ingredients are oil based and very minimal and natural, perfect for shaving delicate areas.
  2. I recommend using a razor with a lot of blades, targeted for sensitive skin with a moisturising bar on the blades to avoid irritation and cutting yourself. I’ve tried plain razors in order to be more “natural” but it just doesn’t work the same. I really enjoy using Schick Hydro Silk Razor and the Gillette Venus Spa Razor as they give me a really close shave without irritating my skin.
  3. AHA Toner (Glycolic Acid) – Glycolic acid is amazing for sensitive skin, but is also very effective. I recommend using a water based AHA toner with very minimal ingredients. I use the Environ Intensive Alpha Toner Forte as it only contains 3 ingredients: water, glycolic acid, and a preservative. It is harder to find as you have to find a stockist that sells environ, but any glycolic acid toner will work. The purpose of this is to prevent and treat razor bumps. I use this toner for my face as a “pimple killer” and it works amazingly for the bikini area in getting rid of redness and bumps the next day! I find I only need to use this the first night I shave as it is so effective. I will say though if there are any cuts, it will sting a little. I recommend also wearing loose breathable cotton underwear after you apply this.

Technique:

  • I recommend shaving right at the end of your shower so that the steam loosens up the hairs (but don’t have the water on too hot). Lather the Dr Bronner bar soap on the area you want to shave. Remember the thicker the lather, the less irritation and closer shave you will get!
  • Make sure your razor isn’t blunt or old as you will cut yourself and cause irritation. Shave with the grain (in the direction the hairs are growing) but don’t press down too hard. Do this until most of the hair is gone.
  • Apply another thick coat of soap. Shave against the grain (opposite direction the hair is growing) ONCE only. Doing this step once only will avoid getting any razor bumps as going against the grain usually causes irritation. Wash off any excess soap.
  • Once out of the shower, apply your toner on a cotton pad to the area you shaved and let dry.

I hope this helped you beauties out. For the longest time I was shaving wrong and giving myself nasty cuts and bumps. I find this method to be the best for my sensitive skin. Comment below if you have any special shaving techniques or products that work for you. I would love to hear them!

love,

beautywithinandout,

xx

Handbag Essential: Hurraw Coconut Lip Balm!

Hello Beauties!

fullsizerenderI thought I’d share with you a handbag essential, the Hurraw Coconut Lip Balm. I was on the lookout for an organic, inexpensive, moisturising, clear lip balm that I could just throw in my purse…and I have found it! I always have dry lips, so finding a heavy duty hydrating lip balm is essential to me! I also love the scent of coconut, so this lip balm is heaven for me. What’s amazing is that you can choose from 24 different flavours on their website!

The shape of this lip balm is quite unique, but there are definite pros and cons to having this oval shape. I don’t have very big lips, just middle sized, and I find that sometimes when applying this I get some on my teeth as it’s too large for my upper lip, so I do prefer the classic round shape of a lip balm. However, because of the thin, oval shape of the lip balm, it fits perfectly in your wallet.

Description of Coconut Flavour:

“Hurraw! Coconut Lip Balm is a soothing, creamy fresh coconut concoction! Not too beachy, just a little toasty, this warm coconut is subtle yet delicious. Hurraw! Balms are all natural, vegan, organic and fair trade. Especially formulated to be super smooth, non-sticky, non-sweet and long-lasting, Hurraw! Balms are premium quality and the perfect size to take with you.”

This lip balm is definitely very moisturising and smooth on the lips, with a lovely warm coconut scent!

Ingredients: Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, ‡Euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, *Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, *Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, *Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, *Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, organic flavor, Tocopherols (sunflower)

*organic & cold pressed ‡wildcrafted

I love how minimal and transparent the ingredient list is. It’s also suitable for Vegans and is cruelty free!

Size: 4.3 g

Price: AUD $6.45.

I know that this may seem expensive for a lip balm, but I have had this for such a long time and still have so much left. I also lick my lips a lot and don’t want to swallowing nasty chemicals. When you look at the quality of the ingredients, being vegan, raw and organic, then this is definitely worth it.

Rating: 4/5

Where to Buy: https://www.hurrawbalm.com

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

LAVANILA Vanilla Grapefruit Fragrance Rollerball Review

 

Hello Beauties,

Today I will be reviewing the LAVANILA Healthy Fragrance in Vanilla Grapefruit. I first received a sample of this a while ago and have been meaning to purchase it ever since. I got mine from Sephora, but you can also get it on pretty much any eco green beauty site. I have used and still continue to use the Healthy Deodorant from this brand in Vanilla Coconut, which I really enjoy. What I love about LAVANILA is how their products are free from all the nasty chemicals, such as synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, and replace these with luxurious natural and organic ingredients that are safe and high performance. What I look for in an all natural/organic brand is safety and performance of their products and this brand truly delivers.

About LAVANILA:

“LAVANILA delivers a new generation of healthy, luxurious fragrance and body care products. Rich in natural and organic ingredients, all products are free from harsh chemicals and clinically proven to be effective, safe, and nourishing.

LAVANILA is free of: petrochemicals, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oils, silicone, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrance, sulfates, parabens, aluminum, and chemical sunscreens.”

Description of Vanilla Grapefruit Fragrance:

“An uplifting citrus, this addictive blend of juicy pink grapefruit, fresh lime, crisp cedarwood, and warm Madagascar vanilla is fresh and inviting. Kissed by sunshine, this unique scent lifts the spirits. 

Each fragrance starts with a warm base of Madagascar vanilla and layers on a unique blend of pure essential oils for an exquisite expression of nature that captures a mood, a memory, or a moment in time. Hailed as the world’s first healthy fragrance, natural technology infuses organic sugar cane alcohol with skin-saving botanicals and antioxidants for a modern twist on the classic art of perfumery.”

Notes: 
Pink Grapefruit, Lime, Bergamot, Orange, Cedarwood, Madagascar Vanilla.
Style: 
Exotic. Sensual. Addictive.

Ingredients: Alcohol denat. (from Organic sugar cane), Botanical fragrance blend, Deionized water, Lycium barbarum (Goji) powder, Terminalia ferdinandiana (Kakadu plum) fruit extract, Epilobium angustifolium (Canadian willowherb) extract, Olea europaea (Olive leaf) extract, Alteromonas ferment extract, Chrysanthellum indicum (Chamomile) extract, Oat amino acids, Glycerin (Vegetable), Vanilla planifolia.

My Thoughts:

The first time I used this, I absolutely fell in love with the warm vanilla, citrusy scent. You can definitely smell the vanilla more than the other notes, and it’s quite a unique vanilla smell (maybe because it’s from Madagascar). It’s a very sexy, sensual, and warm scent that lingers on your skin for a very long time. It also gets better the longer you wear it. I find myself addicted to smelling the scent throughout the day. I am someone who is very sensitive to scents as I am headache prone, however this is very nice and subtle and never gives me a headache, which I love. As the world’s first healthy fragrance, I think they have done a tremendous job. I love the packaging as it’s very luxurious and convenient to throw in your handbag. The ingredients are so spectacular and healthy for the skin, but also the high performance of the perfume is amazing. I love how you can read and identify each ingredients as there aren’t any hidden nasty chemicals. I have smelled the other scents, but this one by far is the most gorgeous and seductive scent. I would definitely recommend you give this product a try! It’s also cruelty free, vegan and free of parabens and aluminum.

Size: 0.33 oz Eau de Parfum Rollerball. You do get the standard size of rollerball perfume. This is also a great way to try out the fragrance and to see how it wears on your skin. It’s also great for someone who can’t use up perfumes and tends to get over scents really quick. This also comes in a 50ml bottle.

Price: USD $19. For the size and quality of ingredients, I think the price is very reasonable.

Rating: 5/5

Where to Buy: http://www.sephora.com

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

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):

-Oxybenzone

-Octinoxate (Octylmethoxycinnamate)

-Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate)

-Homosalate

-Octocrylene

-Avobenzone

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?

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

RMS Beauty “Un” Powder Review

Hi Beauties!

Today, I will be reviewing the RMS Beauty “Un” Powder. RMS Beauty is by far one of my favourite all natural and organic cosmetic lines out there. Why this powder is called “Un” powder is because it will not look like you are wearing any powder at all, as it is incredibly light and invisible on the skin. As my skin is very sensitive and reactive, I have to be really careful what I put on it. The RMS “Un” powder is perfect because it only contains one ingredient! I originally had bought this powder as I was in search for a good translucent setting powder to use all over my face. However, because my skin is very dry and I already use a mineral powder foundation, I couldn’t really find a use for this powder. Until, one day I discovered that this powder is great for filling in fine lines, in particular my smile lines, as well as to set the RMS un cover up concealer underneath my eyes!

Description on Website:

“The one and only powder you will ever need. This ultra fine, light reflective powder is the ultimate finish to perfect looking skin. A virtually invisible powder that minimizes the appearance of pores, softens the skin and absorbs oil.

Works synergistically with rms beauty “un” cover-up to create a silky second skin.
Suits every skin tone and adds no white residue.

Talc free, silicone free, perfume free and paraben free.”

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Ingredients: Silica

Feel: This powder feels so incredibly smooth and silky on the skin. It is also very light, so it feels as though there is nothing on your skin.

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Application: Although this powder does come with a powder puff, I couldn’t really find a use for it. I use the Real techniques Base Shadow Brush from the Starter set. However, you can use any small eyeshadow or concealer brush you have. After I have applied my mineral foundation, I lightly press my brush into the product, tap off the excess, and press around my eye area to set my concealer. For my smile lines, I apply the powder in both a buffing and pressing motion to fill in the line.

Price: US $34.00

Size: 9 g (0.32 oz)

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Recommend? Yes. I would recommend this product only if you are willing to splurge on a good quality, toxic free all over setting powder.

Rating: 3.5/5

Where to Buy: http://www.rmsbeauty.com

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

The Difference Between “Natural,” “Organic,” and “Certified Organic” Beauty Products

Hello Beauties!

Today I will be explaining to you the difference between the terms used in a lot of “natural” beauty products out there because there is a lot of false and misleading advertisement within the beauty industry. I feel as customers we should have the right to know about exactly what is in the products we are using in terms of ingredients. The ingredient list should be clearly displayed at the back of each product so that we are able to check that the product is exactly as is advertised. I feel as though there is a lot of false advertisement within the beauty industry because they know that not everyone can read an ingredient list and know that the labels used, such as “natural” and “organic,” apply to each ingredient. What I see a lot in beauty products, is the term “natural” being advertised when there is only one ingredient within the whole list that is naturally derived, and it is usually placed further down the ingredient list (meaning that there is less of or hardly any of the “natural” ingredient used). I personally feel as though there should be stricter regulations when it comes down to the advertisement of how “natural” a product really is, because nowadays it is really misleading.

When the term “natural” is labelled on beauty products, this can mean that a product contains only one ingredient that is “naturally derived,” and the rest of the ingredient list is synthetic. The label “natural” is certified by no one, so it can be advertised to be as misleading as possible. It’s also shocking to note that currently, there are no regulations around the use of the label “natural” within the Australian beauty market. “Organic” is also another misleading label used that is becoming increasingly popular amongst beauty products. It is used to label a product that only contains at least 70-95% of organic and natural ingredients. For a beauty product to be as organic and as clean as possible, you need a stamp of certification for it to be “Certified Organic.” A product that is “Certified Organic” is of the highest quality or most organic you can get, as a product must meet strict guidelines before getting a stamp of approval. In Australia, for a product to label itself as “Certified Organic,” it must contain at least 95% of organic ingredients, free from harmful synthetic chemicals. Always check the product for a “Certified Organic” logo from an accredited certifier; ACO (Australia), OFC (Australia), Ecocert (Europe), USDA Organic (US), NASAA (Australia), Demeter (Australia), TOP (Australia) and Soil Association (UK). I hope you found this information helpful when searching for truly organic beauty products on the market!

-Below is Therese Kerr’s (Miranda Kerr’s mother) youtube video, which inspired this post, on where she explains the difference between “Traditional” (or natural) “Organic,” and “Certified Organic” skincare:

 

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