What's in My Travel Skincare Kit

November 18, 2017

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Hello, hello! I recently went to Australia and New Zealand for two weeks and wanted to share the travel-friendly skincare products I brought on the trip. Weather forecast: cold, slight chance of rain and winds, and a lot of sunshine! The spring season didn't alter what I included in my travel skincare kit—I've been using the same products for the past few months and my sensitive skin has been loving it! So technically this is my everyday, minimalist skincare routine. ;)

I remove my eye and brow makeup with a few drops of the Pai BioRegenerate Rosehip Oil on a cotton pad. I love how the oil nourishes my thin lash and brow hairs!

Then I pour a teaspoon of the Fig + Yarrow Rose Clay Mask, add a few drops of the Pai BioRegenerate Rosehip Oil and some water to create a liquidy cleansing paste. I use circular motions to massage the cleanser for 10-20 seconds and then rinse off with warm water.

The Rose Clay Mask exfoliates, cleanses, and calms redness without drying out my skin. It also smells heavenly! This concoction removes all traces of my foundation and face makeup and leaves my skin feeling soft and balanced. I highly recommend cleansing with clay masks if you have sensitive skin!

After cleansing, I spritz a generous amount of the Lake & Skye Rose Floral Water*. I'm a huge fan of rose waters because one, they smell amazing, and two, they don't cause my skin to breakout! Rose water is also great at keeping the skin hydrated.

While my skin is still damp from applying toner, I add 2-3 drops of the Pai BioRegernate Rosehip Oil to seal in the moisture. If my skin isn't damp, I'll spritz some rose water onto the palms of my hand and mix it with the rosehip oil. This helps the oil to penetrate into the skin more effectively! Then I press the oil onto my skin and hold for a few seconds to allow the product to fully absorb.

Before using the Pai BioRegenerate Rosehip Oil, I was using hemp seed oil as a moisturizer. Unfortunately, hemp seed oil goes rancid rather quickly and requires refrigeration which is why I stopped using it. But it all worked out because I found something better for my skin! I seriously LOVE this rosehip oil: it moisturizes without being too oily, calms down my breakouts, and smooths out my skin texture.

Being outdoors for majority of the day means exposure to tons of sunshine. I use the Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28 Sunscreen* every morning to protect my skin from the UV rays. It leaves a beautiful, dewy sheen and acts like a makeup primer. My makeup looks even better when I use this stuff underneath!

This is the only sunscreen that works well with my sensitive, acne-prone skin. It doesn't contain any pore-clogging coconut-derived ingredients or any highly oleic oils—it's definitely a keeper!

Body Wash
I know we're talking about skincare but I wanted to include this Organic Body Wash by Dr. Alkaitis* because it's in a cute, little bottle! It contains aloe vera gel to help soothe and soften the skin.

My skin was well behaved throughout the trip thanks to the amazing weather and to these skincare items! All of these fit nicely and securely in my Away Mini Suitcase*.

If you've made it this far and are wondering how the trip went...
Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia
Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia
Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia
Three Sisters, Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia
Behind the scenes at Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia
Twelve Apostles, Princetown Victoria, Australia
Cuties at One Tree Hill, Auckland, New Zealand
One Tree Hill, Auckland, New Zealand
Marokopa Falls, Te Anga, New Zealand
Cathedral Cove, Hahei, New Zealand
Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua, New Zealand
Kayaking in Milfound Sound, New Zealand


Seraphine Botanicals Liquid Coal Waterproof Eyeliner Review

September 27, 2017

Seraphine Botanicals Liquid Coal Waterproof Eyeliner Review natural organic makeup hellolindasau

Nowadays, I only wear eyeliner for when I want to feel exceptionally put together. I gravitate towards liquid eyeliner since they tend to last the longest on my oily eyelids and watery eyes—plus, they tend to be easier to apply!

Seraphine Botanicals kindly sent over their Liquid Coal Waterproof Eyeliner for me to try. The black liner retails for $22 and features a felt-tip applicator. I was especially interested in this eyeliner because of its waterproof claims and its "Rubberflex" nib applicator to create thin, precise lines without any tugging.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua)**, Ethylhexyl Palmitate**, Glycerin**, Pvp, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil**, Glyceryl Stearate**, Polyacrylic Acid, Sorbic Acid (Acidum Sorbicum)**. [+/- (May Contain/peut Contenir) Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499)**] *Vegetable-Derived (D'origine Végétale) **Natural (D’Origine Naturelle)

After testing it for a few months during the summertime, here are my final thoughts!

  • Very pigmented and black
  • Felt-tip applicator is thin but can create fine or dramatic lines and fills gaps between the lashes without a problem
  • Easy to apply—even for beginniners
  • Leaves a semi-matte finish
  • Doesn't irritate the eyes
  • Lasted quite a while on my oily, watery eyes with primer underneath but started to smudge at the end of the end
  • Will fade easily if you rub your eyes

Overall, I am impressed with the application and ease of use of the Seraphine Botanicals Liquid Coal Waterproof Eyeliner! Although it didn't last all day for me, I still find myself reaching for it when I want to get dolled up for an outing. If you have normal or dry skin, I think this will last a really long time on your eyes and recommend you to give it a try!
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Hollybeth Organics Lavender Mist Review

September 18, 2017

Hollybeth Organics Lavender Mist Review USDA certified organic toner natural skincare hellolindasau

Hello! Summer is coming to an end and I'm having mixed emotions about it—I'm definitely going to miss the sunshine but not the crazy hot temperatures. My latest summer skincare obsession has been facial mists. I never knew how much I loved them until recently and it's all thanks to the heat and my desire to keep my skin feeling fresh.

If you read my August Favorites post, then you know that I really enjoyed the Rose Geranium Toner from Hollybeth Organics. I also tried out their Lavender Mist, which retails for $22, and fell in love with it! It's made of 100% USDA certified organic lavender flower distillate and can be used on the face, body, and hair. You can also use it to freshen up the air, clothing, or fabrics.

Lavender has great antibacterial properties which makes it perfect for treating blemishes and healing minor cuts and rashes. It also calms irritation and redness. I personally love the grounding scent of lavender—it really helps destress my mind.

Although this mist has a wide variety of functions, I use it as a facial toner and makeup setting spray. Luckily, this nozzle is able to create a very fine mist unlike most mists.

Here are some of the reasons why I love the Hollybeth Organics Lavender Mist:
  • Calms down redness
  • Reduces my angry breakouts
  • Makes my skin look radiant and glowy
  • Hydrates and leaves my skin feeling supple
  • Sets makeup and leaves a dewy finish even if I use a heavy amount of mineral powder foundation
  • Instantly cools and refreshes my skin

Ever since implementing a facial mist into my skincare routine, I always look forward to spritzing my face because it makes me feel like I'm pampering myself!

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My Summer Makeup Look

September 10, 2017

Hi guys! I've been feeling very inspired to create video content lately so I decided to show you how I do my makeup during the summer when I want to feel a little more glam—watch the video here.

Here's the list of products used:

  • Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28
  • Vapour Luminous Foundation in 115
  • Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation in Popcorn Silk
  • Naturals Blush in Nuance 
  • Silk Naturals Mineral Glow in Halo 
  • Sappho Brow Pomade in Taupe Grey 
  • Kimiko Retractable Brow Pencil in Black Tea 
  • Tarte Eye Primer Seraphine 
  • Botanicals Chia + Camellia Eyeshadow Palette 
  • ETVOS Mineral Liquid Eyeliner in Brown 
  • CHI 1" Flat Iron Teddie Organic Rose Water 

And if you're ever wondering what I use to take photos... here it is! The same is used for this video except I went for the 35L for a wider crop.

  • Canon 5D Mark III 
  • Canon 35L Rode 
  • VideoMicro Compact Mic 
  • Final Cut Pro

Excuse my inconsistent voice—some were recorded late at night, after I got home from work so I was really tired.

Anyways, thanks for tuning in! I want to do a video featuring some of my basic outfits because all I wear is basic clothes and maybe my skincare routine? Let me know if there's anything you'd like to see!

S.W. Basics Exfoliant Review

September 4, 2017

S.W. Basics Exfoliant Review natural organic skincare oat flour almond flour hellolindasau
If you didn't know by now, I love S.W. Basics because of their minimalist ingredients list so don't be surprised that I'm reviewing yet another product from their line. Before summer started I knew I wanted to keep my skin feeling fresh and looking clear so I went with the Exfoliant (retails for $19.99) to slough off dead skin cells.

Ingredients: Organic Oat Flour, Organic Almond Flour, Sea Salt

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This exfoliant is made with only 3 ingredients to brighten and soften the skin. I've actually been looking for a skincare product with oat as an ingredient as it helps combat redness and inflammation. 

  • Smells very pleasant
  • Removes dead skin cells very well
  • Leaves the skin feeling baby soft
  • Calms down the overall redness of my skin

  • The texture of this exfoliant doesn't look like what's shown on their website—the photos on the website make the exfoliant seem finer and more like a powder whereas mine looks like there's huge chunks of oats and salts?
  • The exfoliant is bit rough but I think I may have gotten a bad batch
  • The sea salt stings my dry lips and some acne spots

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Have you seen S.W. Basics at your local Target? That's how I discovered them!

August 2017 Favorites

September 1, 2017

One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum, Hollybeth Organics Rose Geranium Toner, Henne Organics Luxury Lip Tint Coral review favorites natural beauty green nontoxic

It's officially September and I have no idea where the time has gone. I'm sharing my top 3 favorites from the sizzling hot month of August. All of the products that I found myself reaching for the most are actually new products that I've never discussed about on my blog before!

Here are my top 3 favorites—pictured from left to right:

One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum, $39
Keeping my skin hydrated this summer is a no brainer. I reached for this lightweight oil-based body moisturizer the most because of it's tropical coconut scent and ability to keep my flaky skin supple and smooth. It's made with skin-loving ingredients like sunflower seed oil, green tea seed oil, pumpkin seed oil, kelp extract, and sea buckthorn oil. It feels so nice applying after a steamy shower!

Hollybeth Organics Rose Geranium Toner, $29.98
If you didn't know already, I am obsessed with all things rose and this is no exception. This toner and setting spray hybrid contains rose geranium, rose oil, and helichrysum to moisturize and calm inflammation. I love that the scent isn't overwhelmingly strong and that it helps my skin feel refreshed. Tip: spritz after applying makeup for a natural, skin-like finish!

Henne Organics Luxury Lip Tint in Coral, $21
Sleek and simple, just how I like it. This lip tint contains coconut oil, castor oil, and jojoba oil and leaves my lips feeling baby smooth. The weighty tube feels nice in the hands and makes $21 worth every single penny. Also, the shade coral leaves the prettiest wash of color with a hint of microshimmer. No need to worry about dry, cakey lips this summer.

Thanks for reading! Have you tried anything mentioned above? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Green Eyebrow Roundup: Comparison, Review, & Swatches

August 28, 2017

Green Eyebrow Roundup: Teri Miyahira Eye & Brow Pallette, Sappho Brow Pomade, Root Eyebrow Powder, Hynt Beauty Eye Brow Definer, 100 Percent Pure Green Tea Fiber Brow Builder, Glossier Boy Brow hellolindasau

Hello! It's been a minute since I talked about a natural eyebrow product so today I'm comparing and reviewing my entire collection of green brow powders, pomade, and gels! P.S. I don't consider Glossier a green nor natural product but I reeeeally wanted to try it after hearing many green beauty bloggers talking about it—also I wanted to use compare it to a natural brow gel I own!

Before we get started, I wanted to give you a little information about how I prep my skin prior to applying any eyebrow products. I always tone, moisturize my entire face with a light oil, then protect my skin with an oil-based SPF—yup, that's a whole lotta oil. Then I use a cream foundation and some light powder to set. This means my skin requires a long-wearing product that will withstand the nourishing products and my naturally oily skin.

Although I avoid coconut products on my face, some of these products contain coconut or coconut-derived ingredients. Luckily, I don't use the ones that are formulated with coconut on a daily basis so I don't break out from it as much.

Also, I love going for a straighter brow with a defined tail. I have sparse areas toward the end of my brows so I need something that can fill the gaps and last all day. I have natural, dark black hair with no warm undertones so I prefer my brows to be have an ashy undertone as well. My #browgoal is a pair of full, fluffy brows with a few strays at the tail while looking crisp and natural—see this picture for a better idea.

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Teri Miyahira Expression Eye & Brow Pallete, $58
Ingredients: Mica, Kaolin, Jojoba Oil, Magnesium Stearate, Iron Oxides [CI 77491, CI 77492, Cl 77499]

This palette contains four matte shades (blonde, light brown, dark brown, and black) that can be used for the eyes, brows, and even for a nose contour. The compact is super convenient and contains a mirror as well.

The pressed powders are buttery smooth and adhere nicely to my brows—plus the shadows are fragile or prone to cracking, making it travel friendly. I use the black shade almost everyday which has a slight dark brown tone to it when applied with a light hand. I reach for this brow product the most because the powder is easy to apply and also very forgiving if you don't have the time to define and sculpt the brows. It doesn't stick to my sparse areas very well but when I add some water to my brush, I can get better precision and really create hair-like strokes.

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Sappho Brow Pomade, $30
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil,* Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Stearic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil* and Calendula Officinalis Flowers* and Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile) Flowers*, Hectorite, Phenethyl Alcohol, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil*, Zinc Stearate, Tocopherol. *Certified Organic Ingredient.

When I want an extremely sculpted set of brows, I go for this pomade! It's available in 5 different shades and this one in Taupe Grey was the only one that matched my hair. Unfortunately, it's a bit too grey and can look unnatural if I use it like a sharpie marker (lol).

The pomade applies smoothly and evenly because of the cream texture. It's create hair-like strokes if you use a thin brush. The product itself lasts all day on my brows, even in my almost-bald sparse areas! I have to say though, it's very easy to over do it with this since it's so pigmented.

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Hynt Eye Brow Definer Cream to Powder, $22.50
Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ricinus Communis, (Castor) Seed Oil), Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil (Jojoba Wax). May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide

I love the idea of a cream to powder finish, especially for an eyebrow product because it leaves an impression of a natural looking eyebrow. The Hynt Brow Definer is available in 5 shades and I picked it up in the color Black which has a slight warm undertone to it which looks realistic & similar to the Teri Miyahira Brow Powder in Black.

The application, texture, and wear of this was not what I expected: it feels like a hard, airy cushion but once you apply it, there's hardly any color transferring onto the brows. It is very difficult to use this especially when you have sparse areas as it doesn't fill in the gaps. It's also impossible to layer or build up the pigmentation. For these reasons, I hardly reach for this product and would advise you to skip it.

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Root Natural Brow Powder Pan, $12
Ingredients: Organic Rice Powder, Mica, Boron Nitrate, Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Zinc Stearate, Panthenol, Organic Oregano Leaf Extract, Organic Thyme Extract, Organic Cinnamon Bark Extract, Organic Rosemary Leaf Extract, Organic Lavender Flower Extract, Organic Goldenseal Root Extract. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide & Iron Oxides

Next up, we have a more affordable option from Root! These are available in 5 shades and I went with Jet which is meant for those with dark brown or black hair. As you can see, the color is a dark, ashy brown. I personally don't love this shade on me since it's too brown for my dark black hair.

The pigmentation and longevity of this one is perfect. I like mixing it with some water to carve the brows and to fill in the sparseness. However, when dipping a brush into the pan, the powder can get crumbly and powdery but it's not too big of a deal for me! I would recommend this!

100 Percent Pure Green Tea Fiber Brow Builder Soft Brown natural eyebrow gel eco green beauty organic makeup 100% pure swatch review hellolindasau
100 Percent Pure Green Tea Fiber Brow Builder, $22
Ingredients: Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Coconut Stearic Acid (Coconut Acid), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Fiber, Pantothenic Acid (Pro-vitamin B5) and Fucus Vesiculosus (Seaweed) Powder, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Passiflora Alata (Maracuja) Seed Oil, Extracts of Calendula Officinalis Flower (Calendula Hydrosol), Oryza Sativa Germ Powder (Rice Powder), Theobroma Cacao Extract (Cocoa Powder), Coffea Arabica Seed (Coffee Beans), Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem, Passiflora Alata (Maracuja) Seed, Lonicera Caprifolium Flower and Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Vegetable Glycerin. May Contain Iron Oxides

When 100 Percent Pure first released these brow "mascaras" I was so excited! However, there are only two shades available: Medium Brown and Soft Brown (pictured here). I received the Soft Brown from Melissa of Guide To Wellness through her Instagram giveaway but still wanted to give the formula a try!

The brush applicator is small but not as tiny as Glossier's Boy Brow. I find that the product can splatter onto my skin when I brush my brow hairs and am not careful about keeping the brush away from my skin which is really annoying. The formula claims to thicken the brow hairs which it does to an extent but I can't get past how messy it looks when you layer it. Once it dries down, it does become stiff which helps keep the hairs somewhat in place. Overall, I'm not a fan of this due to the messy application and the lack of efficacy (also kind of upset that it doesn't help me achieve my #browgoal look of brushed up hairs).

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Glossier Boy Brow, $16
Ingredients: (ugh, let's not talk about it.)

Of course I wanted to try these bad boys after hearing so much about them. Sadly, it was all hype to me. I found that the black shade helps define my thin brow hairs which was great but the clear didn't do anything. I was most disappointed that these didn't keep my brow hairs pushed up in place like the pictures on their website, argh! It also felt gross how the brow gel didn't dry up and still felt waxy after applying. But I am a fan of the tiny spoolie and the fact that the product didn't splatter onto my skin like the 100 Percent Pure one.

Have you tried any of these products? Or is there something I'm missing out on? Let me know in the comments!
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