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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. 

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

Cons
  • 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.

Hynt Eye Brow Definer Cream to Powder Black review natural eco green beauty eyebrow pomade hellolindasau
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!

Babo Botanicals Lip Tint Conditioner SPF 15 Review

August 21, 2017

This summer has been all about stepping up my SPF game—because I'm so over sunburns and sun spots. Unfortunately, the options are extremely limited when it comes to affordable lipsticks or tinted balms with sunscreen protection but when I saw the new Lip Tint Conditioner SPF 15 from Babo Botanicals a few months ago, I was beyond excited and knew I had to try them all!

Babo Botanicals Lip Tint Conditioner SPF 15 Seka Rose Beach Rose Wild Rose hellolindasau natural organic lip tint

I've mentioned the Babo Botanicals Lip Tint Conditioner SPF 15 in Wild Rose in my past blog post and wanted to go further into detail about all of the shades available. There are a total of 3 colors: Beach Rose (bottom), Seka Rose (top), and Wild Rose (middle). Each retails for $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

These lip tints are made of uncoated non-nano zinc oxide and nourishing ingredients like shea butter, jojoba oil, avocado oil, and cocoa butter. They apply like butter onto the lips and smooth out dry, cracking lips but doesn't melt in the heat or when you put them in your pocket! The lip tint conditioners also leave a nice, healthy gloss on the lips without feeling sticky or tacky.

Beach Rose is a very sheer, light apricot shade—this doesn't show up on my lips and looks like a clear balm instead. It's a great option if for those who'd rather go without color.

Seka Rose is a very sheer, light, cool-toned pink shade—this barely shows up on my lips but the coolness of the pink doesn't go well with my olive skin tone.

Wild Rose is a neutral-toned mauve shade—my personal favorite. It's the most pigmented shade out of the bunch and the one I reach for the most!

Thanks for reading! Which shade would you pick up?

Seraphine Botanicals Chia + Camellia Eyeshadow Palette Review

August 14, 2017

Seraphine Botanicals Chia + Camellia Eyeshadow Palette Review natural green beauty non-nano makeup hellolindasau

Finding a pressed eyeshadow palette that performs as good as it looks is pretty difficult in the green beauty world. When I saw a few green beauty Instagram users posting about the beautiful, pinky nude eyeshadow palette from Seraphine Botanicals, my jaws dropped. It looks like conventional makeup and reminds me of Tarte's eyeshadow palettes.

The Chia + Camellia Eyeshadow Palette retails for $52.00 and contains a total of 9 non-nano shades. There are a few mattes and a lot of shimmers! I love the collection of colors because they're wearable for everyday.

Ingredients: Talc**, Mica**, Magnesium Myristate**, Silica**, Kaolin**, Ethylhexyl Palmitate**, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Oil*, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil*, Sorbic Acid**. [+/- (May Contain/peut Contenir) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)**, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, Ci 77492, CI 77499)**] *Vegetable-Derived **Natural Origin

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The packaging itself is sleek and easy to open. However, I noticed when I close the palette really fast, the pressed shadows start to fall apart a little—it's nothing major but the shadows are very fragile compared to the Lily Lolo Eye Palette.

In terms of pigmentation and wear, the shadows have great color payoff and wear time with an eyeshadow primer (my eyelids are very oily so I have to use primer). All of the shadows blend nicely as well!

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Overall, I really enjoy this palette. There are so many different eye looks I can create with this and I'm feeling inspired to try something new each day!

What's your favorite natural eyeshadow palette?
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