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S.W. Basics Toner Review

July 17, 2017

Toner is an essential step of my skincare regime, I seriously can't go without a toner in my morning and night routine. I know I've spoken briefly about how I started breaking out since using green beauty products—majority of natural makeup and skincare contain coconut or some sort of highly oleic ingredients that cause my pores to clog up and break out. I've eliminated almost all of coconut and breakout-causing products but was still trying to get rid of the last bit of acne.

After watching tons of YouTube videos and reading about what natural products help clear the skin, numerous of people mentioned they used apple cider vinegar as a toner. I tried using apple cider vinegar at night as a toner but wasn't a fan of the strong scent and the tingly feeling it left on my skin—fortunately, I saw that S.W. Basics has a toner made specifically for blemish-prone skin plus it contains organic apple cider vinegar with the mother!

The full-sized 4 oz bottle of the S.W. Basics Toner retails for $22.00. I bought mine at my local Target. I've repurchased the full-sized bottles so many times that I lost count and featured it in my anniversary blog post which you can read here!.

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Ingredients: Water, Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic Witch Hazel, Organic Essential Oils Of Clary Sage And Sandalwood

Pros
Contains minimal ingredients
The apple cider vinegar doesn't smell too strong
Really helped diminish my acne breakouts
Clary Sage and Sandalwood essential oils have antibacterial properties
Exfoliates dead skin cells
Perfect for oily, blemish-prone skin
Comes in a glass bottle

Cons
Can cause my eyes to water if I apply it too closely to the area
Although it doesn't smell too strong, it doesn't smell the most pleasant either
If you have a cut, it will burn!
The metal lid starts to rust :(


After using this toner consecutively from the beginning of January to May, I've noticed dramatic improvements to my skin: I have less breakouts and my acne scars are less noticeable. Please note that I also changed my diet and lifestyle a little which also played a role in clearing my skin.

Vapour Organic Beauty Halo Illuminator Review

July 10, 2017

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Lately I've been obsessed with the dewy, shiny highlight on models' cheekbones—especially since following, Jenn Collins, an exceptionally talented beauty photographer.

To achieve the look, there's no doubt that the makeup artists skip on powder highlighters since it gives a dry, sometimes chalky, finish. My go-to highlighter to achieve the look is Vapour Organic Beauty's Illuminator in Halo. Halo is a beautiful pinky-toned metallic shade that leaves a luminous finish without accentuating any pores, lines, or dryness. This is a sample-sized product but the full size retails for $36.00.

Honestly, Vapour is quickly becoming one of my favorite makeup brands because their products don't break me out! I have sensitive, acne-prone skin so it's hard for me to find cream products that cooperate with my skin. No coconut ingredients here!

I like to use a brush to pick up the product and apply directly onto my cheeks for a natural sheen on a daily basis. When I want a more dramatic highlight, I swipe the product directly onto my cheeks and blend out with a brush.

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Ingredients: Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Mica, Silica, Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Canarium Luzonicum (Elemi) Gum Nonvolatiles, Wildcrafted Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Gum Oil, Wildcrafted Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Gum, Organic Ocimum Sanctum (Tulsi/Holy Basil) Leaf Extract, Organic Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) Leaf Extract, Pogostemon Cablin Oil [+/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Carmine (CI 75470)] *Eco-cert

Pros

  • Coconut-derivative free
  • Leaves a realistic luminous shine
  • Works great on my combination skin
  • Doesn't cause breakouts
  • Applies and blends easily
  • No glittery chunks
  • Lasts all day on the cheeks

Cons

  • None

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Are you also into that skin-like highlight look? Let me know what products have worked out for you!

My Top 4 Travel-Friendly Summer Body Products

July 3, 2017

Kaia Naturals Takesumi Detox Deodorant, Babo Botanicals Lip Tint and SPF 50 Sport Stick, Raw Elements SPF 30 Tint hellolindasau summer body products all natural organic nontoxic eco beauty

Ahh, it's that time again where the sun shines brighter and hotter than ever—it's officially summer! There's no doubt that this summer is going to be a scorcher so I gathered my top 4 body products that are travel-friendly and easy to throw in the bag when I'm on the go.

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1. Kaia Naturals The Takesumi Detox Deodorant Travel Size in Lime Mint, $9.50

Ingredients: Aqua, Propanediol, Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Powder, Glycerin, Sodium Stearate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Saccharomyces Ferment, Citrus Aurantifolia, Mentha Spicata, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Magnesium Hydroxide, Allantoin, Carbo Activatus (Activated Charcoal)

Switching to a natural deodorant doesn't have to stink. I love the newly reformulated deodorant from Kaia Naturals (the previous, gel-textured formula reviewed here). The new formula features a powdered finish with arrowroot powder which keeps the underarms dry and odor-free. Compared to the previous version, the new one is more effective at keeping odor and moisture at bay yet it still applies smoothly without leaving any icky residue behind. I like keeping the travel-sized charcoal deodorant in my bag just in case I need to re-apply!

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2. Babo Botanicals Lip Tint Conditioner SPF 15 in Wild Rose, $9.95

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 1.7%, Zinc Oxide 0.7%
Inactive Ingredients: Beeswax*, Bisabolol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Fragrance, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Iron Oxides, Jojoba Esters, Nasturtium Officinale Flower/Leaf Extract*, Octyldodecyl Oleate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil*, Oryzanol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract*, Silica ,Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Tocopherol. *Certified Organic Ingredients

A sunscreen, lip balm, and tint all in one? Yes, please! This lip tint conditioner nourishes my dry lips, leaves a healthy shine without feeling sticky, and gives my lips life in addition to shielding my lips from the sun's harsh UV rays. It's made of uncoated, non-nano zinc oxide and skin-soothing ingredients like shea butter, chamomile, avocado oil, and more. Wild Rose is a cool-toned mauve shade. It's exactly what I've been searching for.

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3. Babo Botanicals Super Shield Sport Stick SPF 50, $15.95

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 17%
Inactive Ingredients: Beeswax*, Bisabolol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Calophyllum Tacamahaca Seed Oil*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Jojoba Esters, Octyldodecyl Olivate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil*, Oryzanol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Tocopherol. *Certified Organic Ingredients

I'm sure we all know that protecting our skin with sunscreen is a must, especially when going out and spending time in the sun. The most difficult part about it though is the application process, especially when ya have to reapply! Sprays are convenient but don't provide good coverage so this summer I opted for this water-resistant stick version. I love how small it is because it fits in my bag. It's so easy to apply on the hands, arms, legs, etc. Rubbing in the product isn't a big fuss because it doesn't feel too sticky or heavy. One downside is that it does leave a slight white cast (not too noticeable on me because my skin is kind of pale).

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4. Raw Elements Tinted Face Moisturizer SPF 30, $17.99

Active Ingredient: Non Nano Zinc Oxide (23%)
Inactive Ingredients: Sunflower Oil*, Green Tea*, Black Tea*, Coffee Bean*, Hemp Seed Oil*, Cocoa Butter*, Mango Butter**, Beeswax*, Rosemary Oil Extract**, Vitamin E**, Iron Oxides
* USDA Certified Organic,  **Certified Natural

Last but not least, I like using this SPF on my legs and thighs (the parts that rarely see the sun, haha) to add some color! I don't use it on the face because it contains cocoa butter which breaks my acne-prone skin out. It really moisturizes my dry, flaky legs while adding a healthy tan glow. It looks really dark but once you blend it out, it's very natural looking. Also, it's water-resistant and long lasting on the skin.

Thanks for reading—I hope you stay cool and protect your skin from the sun this summer! Let me know what your must-haves for summer are!

Disclaimer: These products were kindly sent to me by the brand themselves—however, this post is not sponsored. These are my own, honest opinions.

W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Liquid Eyeliner Review

June 29, 2017

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Hi everyone! I'm back with another makeup review—this time I'm sharing my thoughts on the (kind of) new W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Liquid Eyeliner! Prior to purchasing this, I read reviews and watched videos of what other people thought of the eyeliner and heard very mixed things about it so I decided to give it a try and see what it's all about.

The Expressionist Liquid Eyeliner retails for $17.99 and contains 0.10 oz of product. It's only available in one shade: black. The bottle itself is very small—almost the same size as a lip balm. I bought mine at The Detox Market but it's also available at Target!

Ingredients: Water, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer, glyceryl Oleate Citrate, Glycerin, Methyl Dihydroabietate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Cystine, Laurel Arginine, Bentonite Clay, Lactobacillue Ferment, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Xanthum Gum, Caprylhydroxamic, Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Rosmarinus Officials (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Euphrasia Officianalis Extract*, Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate. *Certified Organic

Claims
  • Hyper pigmented
  • Smudge-prooof
  • Fade-free
  • Flake-free
  • Water resistant
  • Easy-to-use felt-tip applicator that delivers precision without tugging on the eyes
Background information about my eyes
  • Double eyelids with little amount of space to create a thick line
  • Sensitive
  • Contact lens wearer
  • Extremely oily around the eye area
  • Eyes can get very watery throughout the day (due to the fact that I'm on the computer all day for work)

I usually have a difficult time finding eyeliners that last all day on me even when I prep the eyes with eyeshadow primer. I've used the 100% Pure Long Last Liquid Eye Liner in the past which contains 0.23 oz of product and found that it lasts well but fades after 5 hours or so. I also have the Root Liquid Eyeliner which contains 0.21 oz of product that lasts the longest on my oily eyes (even through a sweaty workout!).

Now let's get into the details of how the W3LL PEOPLE eyeliner performs! First of all, it is extremely pigmented and also very liquidy—a long amount of drying time is required for it to set otherwise it will smudge! Once it dries down, it leaves a matte finish. When I rub the product after it dries, it's very easy for it to smudge. It's also not water resistant.

Unfortunately, I'm unable to create precise lines with the felt-tip brush because it's too thick. It's also a struggle to line my eyes given how small the bottle is! So I have to use a separate eyeliner brush to line the eyes.

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Pros
  • Very pigmented
  • Matte finish
Cons
  • Takes too long to dry and set
  • Smudges easily
  • Doesn't last on my oily eyes, even with a good eyeshadow primer + setting powder
  • Felt-tip applicator is too thick
  • Too much product is dispensed on the brush

In conclusion, this eyeliner didn't work out for me—probably because my eyes are too oily and watery. I think if you have dry to normal skin, this would might work out.

Do you have any recommendations for a natural liquid eyeliner that you love? I'd love to hear your recommendations!

New Additions to My Beauty Stash from Antonym Cosmetics

June 26, 2017

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It's been awhile since I've expanded my collection from Antonym Cosmetics—an organic makeup brand founded by Miami-based makeup artist. The first thing I owned from the brand was the Baked Blush which I reviewed here. Fast forward a year later, I finally got my hands on the Quattro Eyeshadow palette, Natural Lipstick Pencil, and the vegan Blending Brush—but hey, better late than never, right?

What makes Antonym stand out from the crowd is their beautiful and sustainable bamboo packaging plus the fact that they offer pressed makeup products from blushes to eyeshadows. I'm excited to share my review with you!

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Antonym Cosmetics Crosiette Quattro Eyeshadow Palette Swatches organic makeup brand hellolindasau
Quattro Eyeshadow in Crosiette, $39
Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Triticum Vulgare Starch/Triticum Vulgare** (Wheat) Starch*, Zea Mays Starch/Zea Mays(Corn) Starch*, Phytosqualan, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isoamyl Laurate, Zinc Stearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Magnesium Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Sorbic Acid, Octyldodecanol*,** Silica. (+/-) May Contain: Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77891(Titanium Dioxide). *Ingredient From Organic Farming **Only in Matte Colors ***Only in Pearly Colors.

I was looking forward to trying out this eyeshadow palette because one: it's pressed and two: it's travel-friendly. The colors are perfect for everyday wear and can easily transition from day to night. The pressed eyeshadows are beautifully enclosed in a high quality, magnetic bamboo case.

The color payoff for the lighter shades on the top was far from pigmented—multiple layers are required to increase the opacity but the darker shades on the bottom was much more pigmented. I like that they're not chalky or crumbly when I dip my brush into them. I reach for the shimmery light pink and the shimmery copper shades the most.

One thing that drew me back was the fact that it's made of talc, however, Antonym mentioned it was free of asbesto.

Blending Brush #10, $15
This soft, vegan brush didn't disappoint when it comes to adding pigment and blending eyeshadows. It's quite dense but tapered on the outside, making it perfect to use on the crease.

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Antonym Cosmetics Natural Lipstick in Naturelle swatch organic makeup brand hellolindasau
Natural Lipstick Pencil in Naturelle, $17
Ingredients: Iron oxides 77891/77491/77499/77492, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Castor Isostearate Succinate, Glyceryl Di-Hydroxystearate, Oryza Sativa Cera, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Myristyl Esters, Glyceryl Diisostearate, Cera Alba*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Butyrospernum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palminate. *Ingredients from Organic Farming

Naturelle is a "my lips but better" shade with a slight metallic sheen. The lip pencil feels creamy and nourishing, hence, it won't last as long as traditional lip liners. When swatched on paper and my arm, it looks darker but it's actually not as dark on the lips!

Thanks for reading—what do you think of the bamboo packaging?

Disclaimer: I received these products for free from Antonym Cosmetics—however, this post is not sponsored. These are my own, honest opinions.

The All Natural Face Vegan Matte Cream Blush Review

June 19, 2017

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Hello! This week I'll be talking about cream blushes from The All Natural Face, a vegan, mineral-based makeup brand with extremely affordable price points. I love that all of their products are free of carmine and F&C dyes and have minimal ingredients.

My friend gifted me the Vegan Matte Cream Blushes which I was so excited about because of the simple ingredients and the fact that it doesn't contain any coconut-derived ingredients (coconut-derivatives always cause acne breakouts on my sensitive skin)!

The Vegan Matte Cream Blush retails for $5.75 and comes in 14 different shades—ranging from wearable mauves to bright, fun corals and pinks. I have the shades Everyday is a Good Day—a true orangey apricot that I'm totally digging and Peachy Rose—a warm, coral pink.

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Everyday is a Good Day

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Peachy Rose
The blush can be easily applied with fingers, a sponge, or a brush and doesn't require warming up. The texture is just the right amount of creaminess—it's not too creamy where it leaves an oily finish but not too dry where it accentuates dry patches. It also blends nicely into the skin especially when applied with a sponge or brush.

Ingredients: Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Argan Oil, Candelilia Wax, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Boron Nitride, Oxides

Pros
  • Affordable pricing—great if you're trying to transition into natural makeup
  • Very pigmented! The color pay-off is so good!
  • Free from coconut ingredients
  • Good for sensitive, dry, and oily skin types
  • Lasts very long on the cheeks
  • Doesn't accentuate dry patches
  • Doesn't turn my cheeks into a grease ball
  • Works well as a lip color, too!
Cons
  •  Since I have extremely sensitive skin, this did cause little bumps on my cheeks. It might be due to the amount of oliec acid found in jojoba and argan oils—both tend to be balanced but a bit higher on the oleic side which can cause acne-prone skin to become congested (read more about it here).

The All Natural Face Vegan Matte Cream Blush Review swatches everyday is a good day and peachy rose hellolindasau organic makeup
Top to bottom: Everyday is a Good Day and Peachy Rose

For the price and quality, I definitely can't complain. I'm sure this will work very well with those who have dry skin because of the nourishing properties of jojoba and argan oils! Unfortunately, it did cause my pores to clog up when used as a blush—leading to a rough & bumpy texture so I won't be reaching for it as much as I'd like. I do love the colors and will continue to use it on my lips instead.

Are you more of a cream or powder blush type of person? I'd love to hear what works for you!

Fig + Yarrow Gold Clay Mask Review

June 12, 2017

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Hello, hello! It's been a minute since I've posted—these past few weeks have been a bit crazy and busy for me. Two weeks ago, I was recovering from a really bad allergic reaction to a bug bite that caused swelling in my left hand and wrists (this was the second time a bug bit and made my hand swell up, ugh). Last week, I went on a business trip to Las Vegas and didn't have enough time to prepare a post. And this past weekend, I graduated and walked at my school's commencement ceremony.

All of this plus stress, poor diet, and lack of sleep contributed to my skin troubles. As a result, I found myself reaching for the Fig + Yarrow Gold Clay Mask more and more. I previously reviewed their Red Clay Mask here but decided to go for this gold one because it's best suited for dry, sensitive skin whereas the red one was for oilier, combination skin.

The Gold Clay Mask is described as:
A gently cleansing and soothing exfoliating mask best suited for irritated, dry, and blemish-prone skin.
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Ingredients: Illite (French Yellow Clay), Bentonite (Clay), Essential Oil of Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile)

Pros
  • Has a light, pleasant scent (almost smells like candy!)
  • Easy to apply—I add some of the product onto the lid, mix with water, and apply with a brush
  • Doesn't leave the skin feeling dry or stripped
  • Helps reduce redness
  • Reduces existing acne and brings underlying blemishes to the surface of the skin
  • Softens the skin
  • Extremely gentle exfoliation
Cons
  • None

Overall, I prefer this gold mask over the red one because it smells better and is a lot gentler. It nourishes the dry parts of my face and evens out my complexion. I wouldn't say it drastically improved my acne breakouts (been using it since March), but it did help reduce the pain of my blemishes.

The Gold Clay Mask retails for $24 and can be purchased on Credo Beauty as well as Fig + Yarrow's website. You can also find their other clay masks at Target!

Have you tried any clay masks? Let me know which one I should try next!
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