Leanani Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Black

Hi Beauties!

Today I will be reviewing the Leanani Liquid Eyeliner in Black. This is the first product I have tried from this Japanese Brand. We all know how well the Japanese make their cosmetics, and I love how they always incorporate some sort of skincare element into their makeup. I first heard about this product through Miranda Kerr’s instagram as she uses it. We all know that anything she uses, I will be sure to try! I also know that she is into organic, skincare cosmetics. We all know the struggle to find a certified organic liquid liner that works! Because I only wear liquid liner on special occasions, I’m not too strict with ingredients. What sold me about this product is that it is a mineral eyeliner, free of tar based dyes, that contains skincare ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid to moisturise the delicate eye area and ginseng root extract to protect your eyelashes from falling!

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Containing serum ingredients, this jet-black waterproof eyeliner gives your eye makeup long-lasting impact and drama. A waterproof eyeliner that is durable, long-lasting with attractive colour. The thin, marker-line tip is user-friendly. You can draw both tiny and bold eye lines.

Product features:
• Strong waterproof. No smudging, running in spite of rain or tears.
• Dark black eyeliner with thin tip, gets dry quickly. Easy to deliver different styles of eye makeup.
• Moisturizing ingredients are used to provide nourishment to eye area.
• No mineral or coal tar oil. Safe to use.

*Suitable for all skin types. Safe for contact lens wearers.

Ingredients: Water, (ethylhexyl / methyl methacrylate acrylic acid) copolymer, BG, ethanol, ceteth -20, (acrylates / methyl styrene / styrene) copolymer ammonium, sea salt, hyaluronic acid Na, Panax ginseng root extract, succinyl atelocollagen, hydrolyzed silk, (alkyl acrylate / octyl acrylamide) copolymer, pentylene glycol, 1,2-hexane diol, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexyl glycerin, polyglyceryl-3 disiloxane dimethicone, hydroxide Na, EDTA-2Na, phenoxyethanol, carbon black.

Colour: This is a really rich black formula that gives off high pigment in one stroke! It sets to a nice matte finish in a matter of seconds!

Packaging: I love the felt tip and the size of it! It’s really flexible and thin so you can really control how big or small you want your wing. This makes putting on your wing so incredibly easy. It also doesn’t dry up whilst you’re applying your liner. I’ve had this for a while now and only used it a few times, but I still have a lot of product left, so I don’t think it would dry out fast.

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Longevity/Performance: This is such a long lasting, smudge proof, waterproof liner. I wore this to an event and it didn’t fade or flake off or move one bit! It is also easy to take off with an eye makeup remover.

Feel: In the past, I’ve use liquid liners with a really thick formula that you could feel on your eyes and this has such a thin, lightweight and liquidy consistency that is just right (definitely serum like). I also have sensitive eyes, and this does not irritate them at all.

Rating: 5/5

Where to buy: I purchased mine on ebay. It also relatively cheap (around US $20).

Overall, I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for an incredibly easy application and longevity with the added benefits of conditioning eye safe skincare ingredients.

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

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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

Honest Beauty Review

Hello Beauties!

FullSizeRender 16Today I have an exciting review for you all! I was lucky enough to pick up some products from Jessica Alba’s eco friendly, natural beauty line, Honest Beauty, when travelling in LA. As I live in Australia, I unfortunately cannot purchase any products online as they don’t ship internationally. I have been using these products since September 2015, so I feel like I can give quite a decent review on each product. What I love about this line is that not only are the ingredients safe, natural, and minimal, the products actually perform better than my other conventional high end products, and has even replaced them! I am very picky when it comes to my skincare and makeup products, so you will get my honest opinion. Overall, I was really impressed with most of the products and can’t wait to get my hands on some more if they do ship international in the future.

Luminizing Powder in Midnight Reflection (USD $25)

This was my first highlight purchase and I love it! You do get quite a lot of product (10.0 g / 0.35 oz.), so this will definitely last you a while. From what I can see, this highlight has a very golden/yellow undertone to it, which I like. If you have very fair skin like me, I find that you need to use a few light layers to achieve a healthy, glowy look. I like how it’s very subtle and buildable if you want a more noticeable glow. I also love how it doesn’t look shimmery or fake, it really looks like your glowing from within. It almost looks wet, like you’ve applied a cream highlighter. This doesn’t emphasise any texture for me, but rather smoothes the skin and almost makes it look filtered or blurred. I apply this with the Real Techniques Setting Brush, which is perfect for applying on top of the cheekbones. I also apply this on my brow bone, down the bridge of my nose, cupids bow, the inner corners of my eyes and centre of my lids. I haven’t applied this all over as a powder, but would imagine it would give you a nice subtle, healthy glow. I would definitely recommend this product.

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Description on website:

Silky, baked face powder gives your skin an instant, healthy-looking glow. Lightweight texture and subtle shimmer create more even-looking skin tone in one sweep. Talc-free.”

I can definitely agree with this description. This luminizing powder also comes in two different shades, Dawn Reflection (Peach) and Dusk Reflection (Bronze).

Ingredients: Mica, Silica, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Lauroyl Lysine, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tocopherol, Hectorite, Sodium Dehydroacetate. May Contain +/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491/77492/77499).

Rating: 5/5

Everything Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Honestly Cream (USD $28)

The Honest Tinted Moisturizer comes in two different formulations. I chose this over the oil free version as I have dry skin and am looking for a more glowy and hydrating tinted moisturizer. This is the only product that I wasn’t impressed by, mainly due to the formulation as it is quite thick and difficult to spread. Honestly Cream is described as a golden honey with yellow undertones, which is a perfect shade description. I have fair skin with yellow undertones (for reference, I use Jane Iredale purepressed base in Warm Silk) and can usually pull off the second lightest shade. This shade would be way too dark if you have porcelain skin. I prefer using a dense brush rather than a beauty blender to blend this product, however it still requires quite a bit of work as it is thick in consistency. I would prefer if they made this formula more runny so it is easier to blend. The tube also makes it hard to squeeze out the product.

Description on website:

“Chamomile and calendula help to calm and soothe. Antioxidant-rich grapeseed oil, olive oil and aloe vera moisturize and condition skin. Infused with orange flower water, this tinted moisturizer offers true color and coverage for softer looking skin that’s perfected and protected. A mineral-based broad spectrum sunscreen using non-nano zinc oxide. Similar to a BB or CC cream with foundation-like coverage but a lightweight finish. Go face the day!”

Ingredients:

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 13.6%

Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau)‬, Coconut Alkanes‬, Glycerin‬, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride‬, Isoamyl Laurate‬, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate‬, Dextrin Palmitate‬, Glyceryl Caprylate‬, Lecithin‬, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate‬, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate‬, Sodium Chloride‬, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract‬, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract‬, Passiflora Incarnata Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract‬, Allantoin‬, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil‬, Panthenol‬, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil‬, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil‬, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil‬, Bisabolol‬, Tocopherol‬, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil‬, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice‬, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water Extract‬, Sorbitan Sesquioleate‬, Stearoyl Glutamic Acid‬, Isostearic Acid‬, Polyhydroxystearic Acid‬, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate‬, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate‬, Sodium Benzoate‬, Citric Acid‬, Potassium Sorbate‬. May Contain +/: Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77491/77492/77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

I love that this is mineral based, which is perfect for sensitive skin, and offers broad spectrum protection. The ingredients in this are amazing and very safe for the skin. I also love how it smells like orange flower water! I recommend using this with a dense buffing brush (like the Sephora mineral powder brush), instead of a beauty blender so it blends much easier and provides more coverage. I do wish the formulation was a bit more runny and easier to work with. I would call this a light to medium coverage, but its definitely heavier than your average tinted moisturizer. It evens out the skin tone and offers a nice skin like finish (not too glowy and not too matte). I haven’t noticed this breaking me out or anything, which is amazing. The feel of this on the skin is surprisingly light, however you might need to set with a powder if you don’t like that tacky feeling. This tinted moisturiser is perfect for someone looking for a sheer wash of colour with the added sun protection for everyday wear. I will say though, this would work better if you have clear skin with minimal blemishes, otherwise you would need to layer this and use a lot of concealer, which could end up looking heavy or breaking you out.

*I have since purchased the oil free version and prefer it much better to this one. I have a part two haul here.

Rating: 2/5

Eyeshadow Trio in Truly Warm Sable Brown (USD $25)

This was my favourite purchase from the line. I have never owned an eyeshadow palette before, mainly because I am intimidated by eyeshadow application. What I love about this trio is how user friendly it is. It includes a small how to card behind the mirror which was very helpful in showing where to place the eyeshadow. Also, the eyeshadows themselves are very easy to work with. The colours are absolutely gorgeous and perfect for day and night wear. It’s a very nice palette to achieve a warm, bronzy eye. My favourite colour is the light brown/soft stone colour on the left. The shadows are very pigmented, yet easy to blend. They aren’t super creamy, but they also aren’t chalky. I think it’s a good formulation. I have hazel eyes and think this trio pairs perfectly with my eye colour and would work well with brown/green eyes.

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I also think the size of each shadow is very generous and would last you a long time as they are very pigmented. The trio comes with two matte shades (the light brown on the left and the cream to the right), and a shimmer bronze (middle). I would have preferred the cream colour to have shimmer, but I’m not too fussed. I find these shadows are quite long wearing. When they do fade they don’t look messy, it still looks put together. Although the packaging is quite travel friendly, I would have preferred the same mirror packaging as the powder.

Description on website:

“Three, rich shades pop eyes instantly. Our eyeshadow trio offers expertly coordinated colors to glide on with step-by-step instructions for silky smooth, buildable coverage. Perfect smoky eyes are now as easy as 1-2-3.”

Ingredients:

Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, Magnesium Carbonate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Dehydroacetate. May Contain +/-: Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491/77492/77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

Soft Stone:

Light Bronze:

Vanilla Cream:
I would definitely recommend you get one of the eyeshadow trios.
Rating: 5/5
Truly Lush Mascara & Lash Primer (USD $22)

To be honest, at first I was not a fan of this mascara at all. However, it is now my go to mascara. I think that continued use and “drying up” of the mascara is what led me to love it. I also think that using the primer before the mascara made my lashes spidery, as they are already quite long, and I was not a fan of that look. So now I just use the primer or the mascara on their own. I find the mascara lengthens and curls more than it creates volume, however I still love the natural, fluttery effect it gives my lashes. The brush head is a perfect curve shape and size to really hold curl and get every lash. I also use the primer on it’s own when I just want that natural look and added nourishment. It comes out white, so after applying the primer I like to go over my lashes with my fingers and press together to get rid of the white. The one thing I don’t like about the primer is that it stings my eyes when I wash my wash it off, so be careful if you have sensitive eyes. I also wish the brush head was more curved as I find the straight head difficult to use and grasp every lash. The other thing I don’t like about the mascara is that it is quite wet and will smudge on my top lid if it is really hot outside, so it is not transfer proof. The mascara also feels heavy on the lashes which i’m not a fan of, but I love the look so much I don’t even care! It is also a lot harder to remove at the end of the day as I have to really tug at my eyes and use a lot more eye makeup remover than I would for my other mascaras. Other than that, I think this mascara/primer duo product is genius and everyone should give it a try!

Description on website:
“Formulated to work together for lush length and volume. Eyelash Primer protects lashes and intensifies color for a strong, nourished base. Rich mascara lays down smoothly to create an irresistibly voluminous effect. No smudging or flaking. Two wands are better than one!”
Ingredients of Mascara:
Water (Aqua, Eau), Beeswax (Cera Alba, Cire d’Abeille), Sodium Stearate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Cire de Carnauba), Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Hydrogenated Palm Glyceride, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Iron Oxide (CI 77499).
Ingredients of Primer:
Water (Aqua, Eau), Beeswax (Cera Alba, Cire d’Abeille), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Cire de Carnauba), Sodium Stearate, Vegetable Oil (Olus, Huile Végétale), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Euphorbia Cerifera Cera, Cire de Candelilla), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.
Rating: 4/5

True Velvet Eyeliner in Truly Black and Truly Cocoa (USD $16)

 These liners are my second favourite item from the line! They are so long wearing and pigmented and creamy. They have definitely replaced my other high end liners. The black is very intense and perfect for a smokey eye. I have used the brown liner the most for a more natural look. It’s a perfect deep brown that can be lined in the inner rim and the top of the eyelid to create a wing. I love how they don’t smudge and last a long time on the eye. They will fade a little throughout the night, but nothing too intense. I also love the packaging of these liners. It comes with a really nice smudge tip applicator on one end to soften the liner and it also has the colour of the liner indicated on the packaging to make it easier to identify what colour it is. They also don’t irritate my eyes ,which is a plus! I would definitely recommend these liners!
Description on website:
“Plush eye pencil lines and defines. Vivid color in a creamy finish blends smoothly with built-in eyeliner smudger. Innovative plant based formula conditions and protects sensitive skin with naturally derived antioxidants including mango seed oilvitamin E and macadamia oil. Scribble. Smudge. Smile.”
Ingredients:
Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Euphorbia Cerifera Cera, Cire de Candelilla), Silica, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Cire de Carnauba), Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate. May Contain +/-: Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77491/77492/77499).
 Rating: 5/5
Overall: I was really impressed with the quality and high performance of these products. I think that the price points are very reasonable considering the quality of safe and mostly natural ingredients that are in these gorgeous products. I also love how few ingredients are in the products, so are perfect for people with reactive, sensitive skin like mine. The packaging is also very pretty and well thought out.

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

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

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