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Josh Rosebrook Tinted Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 Review

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream Tinted SPF 30 Review hellolindasau natural skin care
It's always sunny in So Cal but now that it's spring (and almost summer), the sun has been shining even brighter. I'm always on top of protecting my skin from the harmful UV rays by using SPF on a daily basis—it's one of the easiest steps to prevent premature wrinkles.

I decided to pick the Josh Rosebrook Tinted Nutrient Day with SPF 30 because I wanted to try a new sunscreen out. Prior to using this one, I've been a loyal fan of MyChelle's SPF 30 sunscreen, however, I wanted to find another natural SPF without any coconut derivatives like caprylic/capric triglyceride and glyercin as those ingredients cause my skin to break out.

Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream Tinted SPF 30 Review hellolindasau natural skin care
Ingredients: Aloe Juice**, Shea Butter**, Evening Primrose Oil*, Hemp Seed Oil*, Jojoba Oil*, Borage Oil*, Almond Oil*, Grape Seed Oil*, Sesame Oil*, Sea Buckthorn Oil*, Zinc Oxide (Min. 12%), Lecithin*, Calendula*, Bilberry*, Chamomile*, Burdock Root*, Rosemary*, Fennel*, Dandelion*, Rose Hips*, Catnip*, Chickweed*, Neem*, Skullcap*, Gingko*, Linden*, Hawthorn Berry*, Green Tea*, Flaxseed*, Nettles*, Sage*, Marshmallow Root*, Cayenne*, Ginseng*, Peppermint*, St. John’s Worth*, Alfalfa*, Vitamin E Oil**, Candelilla Wax+, Guar Gum* and Gum Arabic*, Plant-sourced Xanthan Gum and Potassium Sorbate, Mica, Benzoin Tree Resin*. **Certified Organic. *Organic. +Wildcrafted

The Tinted Nutrient Day Cream retails for $55—the price is pretty steep but I told myself it will be worth it since it's supposed to be a moisturizer, sunscreen, and a tinted foundation at the same time.

The lightweight, non-greasy texture sinks into the skin quickly and adds the perfect amount of moisture without a shiny finish. Although it's called a "day cream," it doesn't have a thick texture like most creams do—instead, it feels like any conventional lotion which I really like!

There's only one shade option for the tinted version of Josh's day cream but the coverage is extremely minimal that it wouldn't even matter. Plus, it doesn't leave a white cast!

The day cream-sunscreen hybrid is formulated with a lot of antioxidant-packed and nourishing ingredients to repair and transform skin. I appreciate the fact that it contains a lot of anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and discoloration-fading ingredients.

Pros

  • Doesn't contain any type of coconut ingredients
  • Contains a lot of vitamin-rich ingredients
  • Made with naon-nano zinc oxide
  • Acts as a moisturizer and sunscreen at the same time
  • Quick-absorbing, smooth texture—not oily or drying on the skin
  • Creates the perfect base for makeup
  • No white cast
  • High quality, leak-proof glass bottle
Cons
  • The tint is barely noticeable so I still needed to follow up with foundation and concealer
  • Although it claims to be suitable for all skin types including acne prone, it clogged my pores and made my skin texture bumpy (this could be because it contains shea butter and sesame oil which are highly oleic)

Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream Tinted SPF 30 Review hellolindasau natural skin care
Overall, I really enjoy the refreshing, light texture and the convenience of this 2-in-1 day cream and SPF. I think people with normal, dry, and even oily skin would like it as well—however, if you are acne-prone and sensitive to shea butter like me, it might cause your pores to clog up. Everyone's skin chemistry is different so I would suggest trying a sample out first. Had it not clogged my pores and congested the texture of my skin, I would use this every single day because the texture is that good!

Let me know if you have any acne-safe sunscreen alternatives I should look into! I think the only hope I have is applying powder SPF since majority of liquid sunscreens contain some kind of coconut, pore-clogging, or highly oleic ingredients that don't agree to my skin.

My Top 3 Easy, Low Maintenance House Plants

Monday, April 17, 2017

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I was first introduced to house plants through my boyfriend, Kevin, about two years ago and from there, my house plant knowledge and collection has expanded drastically. Back then, I was still in school, working two part-time jobs so I knew I could the best option was to opt for low-maintenance, easy-to-care-for indoor plants. Kevin and I spent majority of our days off at the nursery, exploring new botanical babies to add to our family.

The reason I was drawn to plants was because of the aesthetically-pleasing pop of green that it adds to my room and the air-improving qualities associated with them so here are my top 3 low maintenance house plants.

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Airplants
Also known as tillandsia, these cute plants don't require soil (yay for no mess) and thrive off of bright light and weekly misting or bathing, depending on the environment it's in. They look great on its own or paired with an object.

My room doesn't get a lot of light since my windows are facing east so I was able to get away with misting my airplants instead of submerging it into water. I actually didn't have a good experience with the first few airplants I owned because relative to my room's lighting condition, I gave it too much water and the roots eventually began to rot—lesson learned: always make sure you adjust how you care for your plants depending on its current environment!

Kevin has a collection of 20 (and counting) which is often used as a prop in my photos. Part of his collection here.


Snake Plant
One of my very first plant babies, the snake plant releases oxygen at night, making it the perfect bedroom buddy for a better night's sleep. It filters out air pollutants like carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, benzene, and more. It's also named as NASA's top air-filtering interior botanics.

This is by far the easiest plant to care for since it survives low-light conditions and only needs watering once the soil is completely dry. I honestly only water my snake plant once every 2-3 months. Kevin has two of these guys and I barely see him water it, too.

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Golden Pothos
Here's another indoor plant that improves air quality and looks good at the same time. The golden pothos prefers bright, indirect light and waterings when the top part of the soil is dry. It drapes as it grows so you can prune as you prefer but I personally love it when it drapes!

I would say this is probably the second hardest plant to kill (first being the snake plant) because it has a high tolerance towards extreme environments, whether it be low light or missed waterings, it will still survive!

Overall, these are my top 3 recommendations for anyone who struggle to keep plants alive. If you have suggestions for other easy-care indoor plants, let me know!

100% Pure Cocoa Butter Semi-Matte Lipstick Review

Monday, April 10, 2017

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Lipsticks are a girl's best friend—or mine, at least. The newest addition to 100% Pure's lip collection, the Cocoa Butter Semi-Matte Lipsticks are supposed to deliver rich pigmentation colored by fruits and long lasting performance. This is the first lipstick line where 100% Pure is offering a variety of shades from vibrant purples and oranges to pinks and nudes (finally, a break from the usual pinks and berries).

I've never owned a truly matte lipstick so seeing that this was labeled as "semi-matte" made me feel like I'm taking baby steps and training myself to more matte lippies. It's formulated with nourishing ingredients like cocoa and shea butters and retails for $29.

I picked up the shade, Sandstone, which is described as a "camel nude." I personally would say it's more of an apricot than camel as the shade leans towards the warmer orange side.

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100% Pure Cocoa Butter Semi-Matte Lipstick in Sandstone review swatch green beauty natural hellolindasau

Ingredients: Theobroma Cacao (Organic Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Extracts of Prunus Cerasus (Cherry) Fruit, Prunus Domestica (Plum) Fruit, Vitis Vinifera (Cabernet Grape) Fruit, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Cacao (Chocolate), Rosa Centifolia (Rose Petals) Flower, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem, Oryza Sativa (Rice Starch), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Silica, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract

Pros

  • Very opaque color pay off
  • Applies smoothly because of the butter ingredients
  • Has a wearable, matte finish
  • Easy to reapply, doesn't get cakey
  • Feels powdery once it dries
  • Lasts super long even after eating
  • Fades/wears nicely—doesn't get patchy
  • Doesn't dry out the lips but proper prep is recommended (lip balm and scrub)

Cons

  • Tends to accentuate dry patches but exfoliating and prepping the lips with a balm will prevent it
  • Packaging feels cheap—putting on & taking off the lid makes screechy sounds and scratches the surface

100% Pure Cocoa Butter Semi-Matte Lipstick in Sandstone review lip swatch hellolindasau

All in all, this has been one of my go-to lipsticks! This is saying a lot because I am a BIG lipstick junkie! I find the shade to be flattering on my skin tone as it looks like an updated 2017 version of "my lips but better." Also, the color stays put and doesn't slip or slide and I really appreciate that there's hardly any shine. I think I'm ready to take on more matte lipsticks!

What do you think of the 100% Pure Semi-Matte Lipsticks? If you'd like, you can shop through my affiliate link here!

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Naked Truth Beauty Arwen Highlighter Review

Monday, April 3, 2017

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Highlighters are my latest obsession but finding a non-powdery highlighter that doesn't contain coconut derived ingredients can be challenging. The thing about cream highlighters is that they give the skin the most amazing, dewy glow without accentuating dry patches (hello glow)! I was extremely ecstatic when I discovered the Naked Truth Beauty products—all are free of coconut and come in a biodegradable, retractable tube.

I was lucky enough to try the all of the products at Indie Beauty Expo LA and meet Lauren, the amazing founder of Naked Truth Beauty. I received the Arwen Highlighter ($34), a pretty metallic pearl shade and have been loving it since!

Ingredients: Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Tocopherol (Non-GMO Vitamin E), Organic Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, and may contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide (non-nanoparticles) CI 77891, Mica CI 77019, Carmine CI 75470, and Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, and CI 77499

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Pros

  • Doesn't contain coconut or cocoa ingredients, making it suitable for most skin types
  • Looks natural but can be built up for a dramatic glow
  • Amazing dewy, skin-like finish  
  • Lasts long on all skin types even oily skin since it has a harder texture
  • Doesn't accentuate pores
  • Doesn't contain obnoxious glitter/shimmer particles

Cons

  • Shea butter may cause breakouts if you have acne-prone skin

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Thanks for reading, I'm glowing to ready for summer!

Honey Girl Organics Face & Eye Creme + Lip Balm Stick Review

Monday, March 27, 2017

Honey Girl Organics Face & Eye Creme + Lip Balm Stick Review

7 Days later, Spring is already in full bloom here in LA. I love seeing the pink flowering trees—they just make me feel so happy and girly. The floral scenery have really inspired these photos. :)

Here's another haul from the Indie Beauty event in Los Angeles that happened not too long ago! I was gifted the Extra Sensitive Face & Eye Creme and the Lip Balm Stick by the lovely people from Honey Girl Organics, however, all opinions are honest.

Honey Girl Organics Face & Eye Creme + Lip Balm Stick Review
Extra Sensitive Face & Eye Creme, $32.99
Ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Wilelaiki (Christmas Berry) Honey, Vitamin E Oil (Tocobiol Liquid)

For the past few months, I've been experiencing a lot of acne breakouts on my forehead and also a little bit of uneven skin texture on my cheeks. I didn't know what was causing my blemishes so I decided to simplify my skincare routine and remove a lot of products out and used specific products for two weeks or more to see how my skin responds.

Prior to using this cream, my face was extremely dry and flaky on my cheek and nose areas. I found that this really helped nourish and seal in the moisture and left my skin feeling soft the next morning. I also like that it has a minimal amount of ingredients—only 5 to be exact!

The cream is packed with antioxidants and collagen-stimulating ingredients like honey, royal jelly, propolis, and olive oil. I'm a big fan of honey because of the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties (aka will help calm my breakouts).

To be honest, this has become one of my favorite moisturizers because it sinks into my skin quickly. So the texture is just like any other moisturizing lotions but then it turns into an oil, so it will feel like you've just applied a facial oil. I also love that my my skin looked and felt more supple after using it (similar effect as the Maya Chia Waterless Balm but easier to apply).

One of the main reasons why I love this cream is because it doesn't cause my skin to break out, even though olive oil is around 55% oleic (it also scored a rating of 2 on the comedogenic score, meaning it's not likely to clog pores)—and I've been using it for over two months. 

Pros
  • 95% organic and non-GMO
  • Nourishes dry, flaky skin
  • Doesn't trigger breakouts
  • Cream melts into the skin quickly
  • Leaves the skin feeling soft + looking dewy
  • Doubles up as an eye cream
  • Perfect for sensitive skin
  • Does not contain any coconut, cacao, or shea based ingredients (those cause me to breakout)
Cons
  •  Inside, on the side of the jar, the cream dries up and turns crusty 

Honey Girl Organics Face & Eye Creme + Lip Balm Stick Review
Lip Balm Stick, $5.39
Ingredients: Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Orange Essential Oil, Organic Orange Extract, Organic Vanilla Extract, Organic Stevia Extract Powder

I can't live a day comfortably if I don't have my lip balm. My lips are seriously so dry no matter what so I need all the lip balms I can get.

I've been using this one every single day since I got it. It soothes my dry, inflamed lips without leaving a greasy feeling.

Pros
  • The moisture lasts for a good amount of time
  • Doesn't melt in high temperature evironments—aka you can put this in your pocket with no worries
  • Doesn't give you that "I-just-ate-salad-dressed-with-a-lot-of-vinaigrette" look
Cons
  • None!

As you probably can tell, I'm really impressed with Honey Girl Organics! I love the cream and the lip balm more than I anticipated and would definitely repurchase.

They're also available at Whole Foods which would be a great way to test out the texture of the products before purchasing. :) Let me know if you've tried anything from Honey Girl Organics!

1 Year Blog Anniversary + Best Green Beauty Discoveries

Monday, March 20, 2017

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Hello and welcome back! I'm so happy to announce that my blog, hellolindasau, is officially 1 year old today! It's crazy how fast time flies! I created this blog a year ago to document and share my natural beauty discoveries.

To be honest, I couldn't have done it without the support of my bestfriend & friends who inspire me to continue to post consistently and to grow creatively—and thank you to everyone who has visited my blog or commented on my Instagram photos! :)

I've always wanted to start a blog ever since high school but never got around to it until the beginning of college. However, when I created my first blog during my first year of college, I never told anyone about it which made me lose motivation to post—soon after, that blog was no longer in my interest and I eventually just forgot about it.

Then I discovered green beauty in September 2015, become so intrigued, and had so many questions for Google like, "what's the best natural makeup brand?" or "what's a good, natural mascara?" but couldn't find many helpful blog posts or reviews—so I thought why not start a blog about this niche topic?

Now let's get to the fun part! Here are the best natural and organic beauty products I've discovered this past year in the following categories: body, makeup, and skincare (it was sooo difficult to narrow down to one item per category)!

Best Green Beauty Discoveries: Osmia Organics Body Oil hellolindasau
Body: Osmia Organics Night Body Oil, $64
The skin on my body is always dry, no matter what season it is! This is the only thing that keeps my body moisturized for days. After showering, before towel drying, I apply this oil on my damp skin and it just sinks in like a dream. No oily residue at all! It leaves my skin silky soft, even after another shower.

Best Green Beauty Discoveries: Vapour Organic Beauty Atmosphere Luminous Foundation
Makeup: Vapour Organic Beauty Atmosphere Luminous Foundation, $44
I used to only wear powder foundation because it was the only thing that didn't break me out until I discovered this bad boy. This stick foundation doesn't contain any cacao, coconut, or shea butter ingredients so it works well with acne-prone skin. This dewy foundation in the shade 115 matches me perfectly, provides light to medium coverage, and doesn't cake up or settle into fine lines! It gets along with all skin types—doesn't cling onto dry patches and doesn't slip off if your skin is oily (just set it with powder)!

Best Green Beauty Discoveries: SW Basics Toner Acne Natural Organic Skin Care
Skincare: SW Basics Toner, $22
I still suffer from acne breakouts on my forehead (which is probably caused by improper liver detoxification and lack of sleep) so I need something that will minimize my blemishes and fade scars at the same time. This toner contains apple cider vinegar (don't worry it doesn't stink) which zaps pimples away and has exfoliating properties to diminish scars. I've repurchased this over and over again and will continue to do so!

Thanks so much for reading! I'd love to know what your best beauty discoveries are!

Urb Apothecary Skincare Review

Monday, March 13, 2017

It's starting to feel like summer here in So Cal when spring hasn't even begun! Aside from the crazy warm weather, I've been experimenting and testing different variations of my skincare routine since I'm still battling with some acne on my forehead.

I bought these items from Urb Apothecary back in November so I had a good amount of time to see how it interacted with my skin.

Urb Apothecary Cacao Mousse Mask Review for Acne natural organic nontoxic skin care brand hellolindasau

Cacao Mousse Mask, $30
Ingredients: Kaolin Clay, Raw Theobroma Cacao* (Cacao) Powder, Hamamelis Virginiana* (Witch Hazel) Extract, Vegetable Glycerine*, Aesculus Hippocastanum* (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Peel Extract. Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Leucidal (Radish Root Extract; Natural Preservative), Santalum Spicatum* (Sandalwood) Essential Oil, And Good Energy.
*Organic

First of all, this mask smells heavenly, just like chocolate milkshake—and I don't even like chocolate but it smells so good?!

This cacoa mask is infused features an exfoliating kaolin clay base and infused with skin-softening cucumber peel extract, anti-inflammatory licorice root extract, and skin-toning horse chestnut extract. Cacao helps regenerate skin cell growth and ward off inflammation. I really like the idea of having an all-in-one mask treatment to fight aging skin and blemishes at the same time!

Pros
  • Doesn't dry out the skin
  • Helps dry up some acne breakouts
  • Leaves my skin feeling soft
  • Smells good
  • Soothes inflammation and irritation
  • Washes off nicely with warm water and wash cloth
Cons
  • Contains glycerin (doesn't say which vegetable it's derived from) which makes me feel uncomfortable because it's most likely derived from coconut or cocoa butter—both of which are very comedogenic & can cause acne
  • Texture is kind of goopy

Urb Apothecary Green Tea Serum Review for Acne natural organic nontoxic skin care hellolindasau

Green Tea Serum, $20
Ingredients: Aleurites Moluccans* (Kukui Nut) Oil, Cannabis Sativa* (Hemp Seed) Oil, Infused W/ Green Tea*, Hypericum Perforatum* (St John's Wort), Matricaria Recutita* (Chamomile) Flowers, Calendula Officinalis* (Calendula), Plantago Major* (Plantain); Carthamus Tinctorius* (Safflower) Oil, Adansonia Digitate* (Baobab) Oil, Essential Oils Of Dalbergia Baronii* (Rosewood), Daucus Carota* (Carrot Seed) Lavandula Angustifolia* (Lavender), Pelargonium X Asperum* (Geranium), Tocopherols (Vitamin E Non-Gmo), And Good Energy.
*Organic

It seems like I'm dealing with bits and pieces of breakouts here and there, every. single. day! Whether the blemishes are small or huge—I don't & never want to be surprised with new blemishes. So when I saw Sam of Antiox and Detox (she's amazing at explaining ingredients, by the way!) posting about the benefits of this particular Green Tea Serum, I had to get my hands on it!

Acne sufferers tend to have low amounts of linoleic acid, omega-6 fatty acid, but have high amounts of oleic acid so the best way to go about it is to use ingredients with higher concentration of linoleic acid. This oil-based serum contains safflower oil and hemp seed oil which are highly linoleic and absorb quickly into the skin without feeling greasy.

On top of that, the serum is fortified with antioxidant-rich green tea, antibacterial St John's Wort, redness-reducing plantain, and packed with a variety of youth-enhancing essential oils.

Pros
  • Lightweight texture
  • Helps reduce some of my acne
  • Soothes inflammation of my painful blemishes
  • Non-offensive smell
Cons
  • I wish it didn't contain baobab oil since it's quite oleic
  • Didn't get rid of all of my acne

Overall, I'd pass on the Cacao Mousse Mask but continue to use the Green Tea Serum! Let me know if you've tried any skincare with cacao or green tea in it!
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