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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

Seraphine Botanicals Chia + Camellia Eyeshadow Palette Review hellolindasau

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!

Seraphine Botanicals Chia + Camellia Eyeshadow Palette Review swatches hellolindasau

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?

July 2017 Favorites

August 4, 2017

Fig + Yarrow Gold Clay Mask, Vapour Organic Aura Multi-Use Blush in Spark, Kari Gran Three Six Five SPF 28 review hellolindasau linda sau
Hello! I will be sharing my top 3 favorite beauty products each month, starting with this past month of July. It's strange that I've never done a favorites series on my blog before... But there's a first for everything, right? 

Since I'm forcing myself to select only 3 products total, you bet these are my most reached for items that I swear by. Let's jump into my July faves!

Vapour Organic Aura Multi-Use Blush in Spark review hellolindasau linda sau natural makeup brand
I love how natural looking this cream blush is! It adds life to my face and leaves a dewy sheen without looking oily. The creamy & pigmented formula blends out like a dream with fingers or a brush and doesn't cause my blemish-prone skin to break out. Spark is a peachy coral shade that compliments my olive skin tone. You can shop for it here

Fig + Yarrow Gold Clay Mask review natural organic skincare hellolindasau linda sau credo beauty
I started using this clay mask as a daily cleanser and OMG, my skin has never felt softer. After removing my makeup with hemp seed oil, I add some of the clay powder onto my hands and add a bit of water. Instead of leaving it on the skin for 10-15 minutes, I exfoliate my skin with circular motions and rinse off immediately. I've noticed my skin is less clogged, my acne is less inflamed, and my overall complexion is more even toned. You can read my full review on this here and you can shop for it here.

Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28 natural organic sunscreen for acne nontoxic hellolindasau linda sau
I've been searching high and low for a natural sunscreen that doesn't contain any pore-clogging coconut-derived ingredients. To be honest, I was a bit hesitant about trying this sunscreen out because I wasn't sure if my skin would break out from it. Luckily, I gave it a shot and now I can't without it! I love that it doesn't break me out even though it contains nourishing ingredients like red raspberry, macadamia nut, and kukui seed oils. The oil-based SPF feels like silicone which makes it a perfect base for makeup. You can shop for it here.


Thanks for tuning into my July favorites! What are your favorite beauty products of the month?

Wildcraft Bergamot Rose Toner + Chamomile Honey Makeup Remover Review

July 24, 2017

Wildcraft Bergamot Rose Toner + Chamomile Honey Makeup Remover Review organic natural skincare acne oily toronto canada hellolindasau

Hello there! Three months ago, Wildcraft gave me the opportunity to try their Clarify Bergamot Rose Toner and their Calm and Cleanse Chamomile Honey Makeup Remover. I'm super excited to share my thoughts on these two handcrafted and organic skincare products from the Toronto-based brand.

First of all, I love the fact that their brand believes in using simple, minimal ingredients. I have really sensitive, reactive skin so having a short list of ingredients for each skincare product makes it easier for me to narrow down what works with my skin and what doesn't. Also, I love the fact that their products are organic and affordable (some of the products are not 100% organic but it's still a good price point).

And can we talk about the packaging? It's clean and simple which really fits what their whole brand is all about! All of their products come in a class container which I appreciate.

Wildcraft Clarify Bergamot Rose Toner acne rose water organic natural skincare brand hellolindasau
Clarify Bergamot Rose Toner, $16
Ingredients: Rose Flower Water*, Witch Hazel*, Aloe Vera Juice*, Bergamot Essential Oil
*Organic

If you have oily, acne-prone skin like me, then you might want to try out this toner. It's made with rose flower water which smells heavenly when blended together with the bergamot essential oil. I'm a sucker for anything with rose, especially in skincare because it helps promote an even skin complexion and relieve redness.

This toner is created to balance oiliness, calm down breakouts and puffiness, gently remove dead skin cells, and even out skin tone. The mist dispenses finely and can be used to set makeup as well.

Pros
  • Smells good! 
  • Didn't irritate my skin
  • Made my skin feel fresh
  • I can't say that it cleared my acne, but it did help reduce the inflammation and redness
  • Refreshes makeup and leaves a dewy finish
Cons
  • None, I would 100% repurchase this!

Ingredients: Calendula*, Chamomile*, and Rose* Infused Witch Hazel*, Aloe Vera Juice*, Avocado Oil, Honey*, Calendula* Infused Sunflower Oil*, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil*, Rosehip Seed Oil*
*Organic

Next up, the Chamomile Honey Makeup Remover is a really unique cleanser since it contains a water base of witch hazel as well as an array of oils. I honestly thought this would be like any other oil cleanser but this is like no other! It doesn't feel super greasy and make your vision go blurry—instead, it feels like a nourishing micellar water. If you hate oil cleansing, this will be your new best friend.

I prefer to use this on my eyes rather than my entire face. It removes my eye makeup with ease and leaves my skin hydrated without stinging or blurring my eyes. Sometimes I wear conventional waterproof mascaras, however, removing it with this makeup remover requires a little more effort but it's not impossible.

Wildcraft Calm and Cleanse Chamomile Honey Makeup Remover natural organic skincare canada hellolindasau
Pros

  • Doesn't feel like an oil cleanser, feels like a micellar water
  • Removes non-waterproof makeup with ease
  • Leaves the skin feeling nourished
  • Conditions my wimpy eyelashes
  • Has a narrow opening to control amount of product to dispense

Cons

  • Will be too nourishing/oleic to be used on my entire, acne-prone face

Wildcraft Bergamot Rose Toner + Chamomile Honey Makeup Remover Review natural organic skincare brand for acne prone skin remedy oily hellolindasau

I'm already done with the Bergamot Rose Toner and will most likely repurchase after I'm done with all of my other toners! As for the Makeup Remover, I would stick to my usual hemp seed oil to cleanse my entire face and to keep the amount of skincare products in my routine to a minimal.

Thanks for reading! You can shop all Wildcraft products on their website here & use code lindaxwildcraft to receive a free bottle of the Bergamot Rose Toner with any $30 order!

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

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!.

S.W. Basics Toner Review SW Basics organic natural skincare target affordable hellolindasau acne remedy apple cider vinegar

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

Vapour Organic Beauty Halo Illuminator the detox market review swatches hellolindasau organic makeup natural

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.

Vapour Organic Beauty Halo Illuminator organic natural makeup swatch hellolindasau the detox market

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

Vapour Organic Beauty Halo Illuminator swatches organic makeup brand natural nontoxic hellolindasau

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.

Kaia Naturals Takesumi Detox Bamboo Charcoal Deodorant Lime Mint review summer sweat proof natural organic nontoxic eco hellolindasau
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!

Babo Botanicals Lip Tint Conditioner SPF 15 Wild Rose review swatch natural eco beauty nontoxic hellolindasau
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 neutral-toned mauve shade. It's exactly what I've been searching for.

Babo Botanicals Super Shield Sport Stick SPF 50 natural zinc sunscreen organic nontoxic nan-nano waterproof hellolindasau
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).

Raw Elements Facial Moisturizer Tint SPF 30 natural organic nontoxic sunscreen hellolindasau
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.
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