Honest Beauty – mascara

Hello beautiful people of the world.

I recently purchased Jessica Alba’s book The Honest Life to give myself more inspiration and knowledge about switching over to clean beauty and living habits. (I totally recommend this book btw, it’s a very easy read and very informative) And while I was at it I also decided to try her beauty line (Honest Beauty), so I headed over to my local Ulta and decided to take a look at the products.

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I needed a new mascara and thought I would try a non-toxic/natural/less chemical/’honest’ one – aka the Honest Beauty Truly Lush Mascara + Lash Primer!


I have only tried one other natural mascara and it did not work for me at all (in case you’re wondering, it was the Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Mascara). I have extremely straight Asian lashes and usually a good waterproof drugstore mascara would do the trick for me. (My favorites are L’Oreal’s miss manga & false fiber lashes and Maybelline’s lash stiletto)

Unfortunately, my quest for the an effective natural/non-toxic mascara will continue on; the Honest Beauty Truly Lush Mascara + Lash Primer did not work out for me.

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Mascara

Negatives:

  • The product failed to hold my curl (I tried the mascara with and without the primer and both times my eyelashes fell straight down almost instantly)

Positives:

  • It comes off very easily with makeup remover (no tugging!)
  • It does a good job at not smudging and transferring to my undereyes/eyelids (I wore the mascara for 6+ hours)
  • I like that the packaging (primer + mascara in one tube) – makes traveling a lot easier

Although this product did not work out for me, I’m not opposed to trying the other Honest Beauty Products. I knew this one would be a long shot, an effective natural mascara that holds a curl will probably be the toughest products for me to find. But I did do a few swatches while I was at Ulta and am definitely interested in trying some of the face products that Honest Beauty has to offer.

Will I ever find a natural mascara that can hold an Asian girl’s curl? Please let me know if you guys have any suggestions!

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review: makeup remover 

My favorite thing to do at night is to take off all my makeup and wash my face and relax. For the past few months I was trying out a few different makeup removing products and decided to write a review on some of the products.

img_7313Simple micellar cleansing water: I give this product two big thumbs up! I have extremely sensitive skin and this product does not sting when I use it and it makes my skin feel super clean. I still like to wash my face with a face wash after using this product but the bottle says you don’t even need to rinse after using it and it’s true your skin feels so soft and clean! Overall I would definitely recommend this! I pretty much completely ran out of this product already and will be trying more clean aka natural/organic makeup removers, but I still really enjoyed this product and loved that it didn’t irritate my sensitive skin.

Trader Joe’s Jojoba Oil: I give this product a thumbs up for removing my eyebrows and waterproof mascara! It can get a little bit messy but after using it I go in with my regular face wash and my face does not feel oily. I also really like using oils to clean my delicate eye area because I no longer have to rub my eyes to get my mascara off, therefore I don’t lose eyelashes and eyebrow hair – I’d recommend this!

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Note: Normally I wouldn’t purchase towelettes or cleansing pads but I got these for traveling because I thought they’d be easier than bringing liquids on an airplane.

Acure coconut + argan oil cleansing towelettes: Trying to go all natural and organic in my skincare and makeup routine, I bought these cleansing towelettes (for my trip to Las Vegas). I absolutely did not like this product! Like I mentioned before, I have really sensitive skin and as soon as it touched my skin it stung. The product was effective at taking my face makeup off but the stinging is just not worth it and I actually wished the product was a bit more hydrating for the skin. The towelette also felt really dry after 10-20 seconds of being exposed to the air so I sometimes would have to grab a second towelette just to make sure I got everything. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone with sensitive skin.

Simple eye-makeup remover pads: Also purchased for my trip… this product was not good. I used it mainly for my eyebrows and eyelids/eyelashes but it just doesn’t work for me at all. My waterproof mascara did not budge so I ended up tugging and losing eyelashes; it also took a lot more effort to remove my eyebrows (not a waterproof product). Also for a product that is designed for the eye area, the pad is not very soft… I would prefer a pad that feels more gentle on the eyelids, I’m not sure if the rubbing or the actual makeup remover solution irritated my under eyes, but the area right under the eye was left a little pink and irritated… Overall, I don’t recommend this product; I would much rather stick with an oil.

I hope this post helps someone looking for effective makeup remover and saves some time and money! Let me know if there are any great make-up removing products that you love!

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Attention: I have found another organic skincare line that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE! 

With the seasonal changes, general changes in my skin, and also running out of many of my regular skincare products,  I decided to try a new skin care line, and I am so happy I was drawn to this one. I have nothing but good things to say about these products so far.

I was a little weary about using an oil to cleanse my face but I was already using oils as a serum and moisturizer so I decided to take the plunge! The cocokind organic facial cleansing oil doubles as a makeup remover and facial cleanser for me. First I take a pump of the product in my hand, warm it up and then massage it around my eyes and face. On the website and box it says to not use water right away so I do it on my dry skin and it does a great job at removing my waterproof mascara! After I get most of my makeup off, I rinse off some of the oil then I take another pump of the oil and massage the rest of my face. Finally I use a warm wet towel to wipe it all off and afterwards my face seriously feels so incredibly soft and clean! I felt like it helped restore some balance to my skin since I’ve been having a lot of trouble with it recently. 

After I wash my face, I spray the cocokind organic rosewater facial toner directly on my face or a I use a cotton pad to apply it on my skin. The rosewater toner smells so heavenly and feels great on the skin.

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Just a few more things I love about this brand… all of their products are certified organic and way more affordable than the previous skincare line I was using. Most products are less than $20! The facial cleansing oil was $13.99 and the rosewater toner was $16.99. I bought my products at Whole Foods (if you can’t tell thats my favorite store!) but you can also find their entire line at their website. I honestly cannot wait to try more of their products!!

Makeup Swap: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade & Ecobrow Defining Wax

Today I am super excited to be writing this post, anyone who knows me knows I love love love trying products that do not contain harmful chemicals and are safer for our bodies. You’d also know that I am not blessed in the eyebrow department and therefore eyebrow products have become a staple in my makeup routine. For a few years I was using Anastasia eyebrow products (the brow wiz and dipbrow pomade) but after lots of research I have discovered Ecobrow and I am definitely a fan!

The Ecobrow defining wax is the perfect alternative for the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade. I love both products but am making the switch to cleaner products. I definitely recommend Ecobrow for anyone that’s looking for an amazing long-lasting and easy to apply eyebrow product. I was really impressed that it comes in a variety of shades/colors and a little bit really does go a long way. I have the shades dark brown (Anastasia) and Penelope (Ecobrow) to compliment my dark brown/black hair.

Prices: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade $18 (0.14 oz) vs. Ecobrow Defining Wax $26 (0.121 oz)

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade (left) and Ecobrow Defining Wax (right)

 

Zoya – Avril

My favorite fall color – it is the perfect pink mauve and has been my go to color this season! I also love that these polishes are 5-free; they do not contain toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and DBP. Hooray for natural beauty! I bought this polish at Whole Foods for $10. 
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Zoya Avril

evanhealy: my current skin care routine

evanhealy is hands down my favorite skin care line! After trying tons of different products and dealing with incredibly sensitive skin, acne, and etc (honesly cannot remember all my skin woes) for years, I made the decision to try natural and organic products and I am so incredibly happy that I discovered evanhealy! I found these products at Whole Foods and Sprouts after literally browsing through the aisles and doing research on the products that I found to be the most enticing. What drew me towards evanhealy was their website; it’s really informative and goes into more detail about what products are good for certain types of skin conditions.

Here are some of the products that I currently use and love. (Note: products are for sensitive skin, learn more about the blue line on evanhealy’s website!)

The Blue Lavender Cleansing Milk – I used this product in the morning and at night. The first time I used this product I noticed immediately that my skin felt super soft and clean. It is on the pricer side at $30.95, but I love this product, it is not certified organic, but does contain organic ingredients.

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After washing my face, depending on my mood and skin condition, I use either the Rosehip Treatment Facial Serum (Blue) $28.50 or the Pomegranate Repair Serum with Sea Buckthorn $40.95, along with the Lavender Facial Tonic HydroSoul $24.95. (1-2 pumps of oil with 3 sprays of HydoSoul in my hand, pat into face and neck; finish with a few sprays of HydroSoul directly to Face). I cannot speak more highly of these products! My skin just soaks the oil up and leaves me feeling moisturized. I was incredibly nervous about using oils on my face (I had a bad experience with jojoba oil), but these products have been nothing but kind to my skin, no breakouts and no irritation!

*All of these products are USDA Certified Organic.


After the Serum and HydroSoul, I finish off my skin with the Wild Carrot Nourishing Eye Balm with Immortelle $19.95 *USDA Certified Organic, which is basically a huge chapstick but for the eye area, and the Whipped Shea Butter with Olive Leaf $31.95. Both of these products have saved my dry, cracking skin and I cannot be thankful enough. I typically only use the Whipped Shea Butter with Olive Leaf  all over my face at night as it is oily, and concentrate the product on my dry patches during the day. During the day I also use a little bit of Blue Chamomile Day Moisturizer $40.95 (not pictured); but I find that the Whipped Shea Butter has had the best effects on my skin. 


evanhealy has been my skin’s savior and I hope this post can be helpful for someone who’s looking for organic skin care! All prices are based on the evanhealy website, I buy my products at Whole Foods or Sprouts and they do go on sale! If you happen to catch a sale definitely try some products, it is so worth it!