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NU EVOLUTION Makeup Review and Swatches

NU Evolution is one of the cleanest most high-performing makeup brands on the market today and even after a few years of first reviewing the line (see blog post of NU’s foundation and swatches  here) it still remains one of my few top favorite brands. Not that it matters but NU is also one of Emma Watson’s “go to” brands according to Eluxe Magazine. Besides healthy ingredients and high performance, this brand also focuses on color selection, innovative formulas and packaging that reflects the two founders Sandra and Nadine’s passion for high fashion, beauty
and pop culture.

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COOLA Organic Suncare Review

COOLA is one of my go-to sunscreen brands. I take  their products on all my travels and use their products on an everyday basis. As a staunch believer in SPF 365 days a year, rain or shine, clouds or sun, indoors or outdoors there’s no such thing as having too many sunscreen products on hand for me. For full disclosure this is not a 100% organic brand but they use as many ingredients as possible that are natural, organic, sustainable, a Farm to Face sourcing philosophy and do NOT use parabens, paba and phthalates. Plus,  they formulate with Plant Protection®, which allows them to achieve clinically tested, broad spectrum and antioxidant-rich protection while using fewer traditional actives.

I’ll start with the face products first which are packaged in these luxurious glass bottles.

Dawn Patrol Makeup Primer SPF 30

This is one of their newest products and it’s very similar to the Daydream Primer which I regularly stock up on (I previously reviewed this product & the Rosilliance BB Cream here) but it’s completely transparent so it’ll suit all skin shades. It’s velvety smooth and absorbs seamlessly, instantly making your skin baby soft. It has a subtle and natural honesuckle scent whereas the Daydream one has a more marshmallow scent and contains Iris, White Lily & Honeysuckle stem cells. I highly recommend you give Dawn Patrol a try if you love the Daydream Primer or you don’t want a white cast as the Daydream Primer is more suited to lighter skin tones.

• Does not cake or flake
• Water Resistant (40 minutes)
• Preservative Free
• Synthetic Fragrance-Free

Ingredients

Active Ingredients 
Avobenzone – 1.9% 
Octisalate – 4.0%
Octocrylene – 7.6%

Inactive Ingredients 
Isododecane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Butyloctyl Salicylate Iris Pallida Leaf Cell Extract, Lonicera Japonica Callus Extract, Nymphaea Alba Leaf Cell Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Withania Somnifera Root Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Flavor

Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30

This product is such a lifesaver and I haven’t lived without it for the past few years. When I’m out and about with a face of makeup on and need to be reapplying sunscreen every 2 hours I don’t want to ruin all my makeup by rubbing sunscreen. This product solves that. I spray about 5 times all over my face while keeping my eyes closed (very important as it’ll burn your eyes) and voila I stay protected for a few more hours. I don’t necessarily use it to set my makeup but more to apply protection to my skin.

  • For use after makeup applications, touchups and reapplications
  • Featuring Peony Leaf, Juniper Berry & Phoenix Leaf Stem Cells.
  • No Touch/Rub Matte Finish Spray
  • 70%+ Certified Organic Ingredients
  • Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid
  • Natural Green Tea & Aloe Scent

Ingredients

Active Ingredients 
Avobenzone (Sunscreen) 2.8%
Homosalate (Sunscreen) 3.5%
Octisalate (Sunscreen) 3.9%

Inactive Ingredients 
Alcohol (ORGANIC), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (ORGANIC), Algae Extract (ORGANIC), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (ORGANIC ) Orange Fruit Water, Cucumis Sativus (ORGANIC) Cucumber Fruit Extract, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Diisopropyl Adipate, Ethyl Ferulate, Flavor, Glycerin (ORGANIC), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Juniperus Communis Callus Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Leaf Cell Extract, Phoenix Dactilyfera (Date) Leaf Cell Extract, PVP, Silica Silylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Water

 

 

 

 

 

SPF 30 Natural BB Cream Unscented Matte Tint

This is an amazing BB Cream with SPF option for those of you looking. It’s velvety, dries matte but still leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized even though I have dry skin, and has a natural & neutral beige tint that would work for most light and possibly tan skin tones. It also contains ingredients like Cucumber Fruit Extract, Evening Primrose Oil, Linseed Seed Oil, Rose Hip Oil & Shea Butter to fight free radicals, leave skin hydrated and retain moisture. There’s also the Cucumber version that has no tint but basically feels like the exact same formula with a light cucumber scent. I prefer these MUCH more to their Face Sport White Tea SPF 50 product which is very fluid/runny and does not absorb well into my skin.

  • Mineral Active Ingredients
  • Ideal for Normal or Oily Skin
  • Lightly Tinted
  • Preservative Free Formula
  • Water Resistant (40 minutes)

Ingredients

Active Ingredients
Titanium Dioxide (Sunscreen) 3.2%
Zinc Oxide (Sunscreen) 1.8%

Inactive Ingredients
Aluminum Hydroxide, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Iron Oxides, Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Titianium Triisostearate, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Mica, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Plankton Extract, Polyamide-5, Polysilicone-11, Propylene Carbonate, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Silica Silylate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Synthetic Wax

 

Body Plumeria Moisturizer SPF 30

This is a very lightweight and runny sunscreen made with  70%+ certified organic ingredients, and is formulated with patented Oleosome technology which boost the effectiveness of UVA/UVB filters. It’s very much a body moisturizer infused with SPF as it contains free radical fighting Organic Rose Hip Oil to deliver essential Fatty Acids, Minerals and Vitamin C. Organic Evening Primrose, which is rich in Omegas 3 and 6, calms, tones, hydrates and aids in reducing redness, and organic Shea Butter, which is high in Vitamins A and F, smoothes, softens and balances skin. I adore the plumeria scent which reminds me so much of Hawaii.

  • Ultra Sheer
  • Oxybenzone Free
  • No Nano-Sized Particles
  • Water Resistant (40 minutes)

Active Ingredients
Avobenzone (Sunscreen) 1.9%
Octinoxate (Sunscreen) 2.2%

Inactive Ingredients
Argania Spinosa (ORGANIC) Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (ORGANIC Shea Butter), Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Citric Acid, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (ORGANIC Orange) Fruit Water, Cucumis Sativus (ORGANIC Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Fragrance, Glycerin (ORGANIC), Oenothera Biennis (ORGANIC Evening Primrose) Oil, Olea Europaea (ORGANIC Olive) Fruit Oil, Plankton Extract, Rosa Canina (ORGANIC) Fruit Extract, Shellac, Sodium Hydroxide, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Water, Xanthan Gum

8oz Eco Lux Sport SPF 50 Guava Mango Sunscreen Spray

This is a jumbo sized sunscreen spray that will last an entire long vacation and be enough for more than 2 people I’m sure. It goes on clear and requires very little to no rubbing in. I found this particularly useful during my island vacation trips as I had to protect my entire body plus reapply every few hours or after swimming plus offer some to my travel partner. I’ve run out of sunscreen before on trips and it was not pleasant having to purchase toxic chemical sunscreen from the local supermarket. The guava mango smells delicious and tropical and like their other products contains 70% organic ingredients.

  • Easy Spray-On Application
  • Deluxe, Eco-Size for Better Value
  • 70%+ Certified Organic Ingredients
  • Infused with Anti-Aging Antioxidants
  • Water Resistant (80 minutes)
  • No Nano-Sized Particles

Ingredients

Active Ingredients
Avobenzone (Sunscreen) 3.0%
Octinoxate (Sunscreen) 7.5%
Octocrylene (Sunscreen) 10.0%

Inactive Ingredients
Alcohol (ORGANIC), Algae (ORGANIC) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (ORGANIC) Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (ORGANIC Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Vesca (ORGANIC Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Glycerin (ORGANIC), VA/Butyl Maleate/Isobornyl Acrylate Copolymer, Water

Organic Sunless Tan Anti Aging Serum

This is a new launch that delivers a gradual tans lasting up to 3 days and contains 70%+ organic ingredients including a blend of Argan Oil, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and plant stem cell cultures. Please note it does NOT provide sun protection. It takes about 2-4 hours for the tan to develop or you can mix a few drops into your facial moisturizer for a more gradual tan. I’ll be updating this post with my thoughts on the tan it provides in the near future.

• Eco-Certified Cosmos Organic
• Non-GMO
• Vegan Friendly
• Cruelty-Free
• Paraben-Free
• Phthalate-Free
• Synthetic Colorant-Free
• Perfume-Free
• Retinyl Palmitate-Free
• Streak-free
• Transfer-free
• Antioxidant Enriched

Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Propanediol, Dihydroxyacetone, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Heptyl Undecylenate, Argan Oil, Polyglyceryl-6 Esters, Centella Asiatica Meristem Cell Culture, Hydrolyzed Algin, Caprylic/Capric Glycerides Polyglycerin-10 Esters, Sodium Hyaluronate, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Cetearyl Glucoside, Alcohol Denat.*, Maris Aqua, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Gluconolactone, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate. *Certified Organic

 

Au Naturale Foundation & Blush Swatches

I recently tried out a few products by Au Naturale which is one of the cleanest makeup brands out there along with Vapour, ILIA & Fitglow. They offer a very thorough range of foundation shades and I had the opportunity to swatch most if not all of them for you. Below are swatches of their Semi Matte Powder Foundations.

  • Formulated without gluten, parabens, fillers, animal by-products, synthetic preservatives or toxins
  • 100% natural, cruelty-free, vegan and made in the USA.
  • Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides, Micas, Silica, Copernica Cerifera (Carnuba) Wax May Contain: Ultramarine Blue, Chromium Oxide Green

These are the 3 products that I own from Au Naturale besides a few of their older products before their recent rebranding.

The powder bronzer is a beautiful shade that is true to its name “sunkissed”. I find bronzers to be too warm or too brown and this one is quite suitable to my taste. The pump and application is a little strange – what I do is basically pump a few times directly onto my makeup brush and apply and blend. It adds a subtle touch of warmth to my face.

The Lip Su/stain is a product I had been curious about for some time and it is VERY pigmented and opaque. I would consider this to be a true liquid lipstick rather than a stain. I got the camel thinking it would be more sheer applying just a slight “stain” to my lips but it literally turns them into the shade of my skin so my face and lips look like they’re one and the same. It’s moisturizing and doesn’t accentuate the lines on my lips as much as liquid lipsticks do. This is why I prefer lip glosses over lipsticks, lip stains and liquid lipsticks. If you eat and drink it will fade so reapplication is needed.

The cream blush stick is nourishing, creamy and applies flawlessly. It does fade after a few hours so reapplication is needed. The shade Grapefruit pictured above was not what I thought it would be as it looks different online than in real life (see website image below). I was expecting more of a cool toned blush but as you can tell it’s warm like that of a grapefruit.

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Luk Beautifood Lip Nourish Review

Australia-based Luk Beautifood creates 100% natural lip balms using real food ingredients and offers a range of 12 beautiful wearable shades.  Full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, they don’t contain any ingredients that are known endocrine disruptors, carcinogenic or linked to cancer including preservatives, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic colours and fragrance. Cindy Luken the founder is an entrepreneur, food scientist, product designer, chef and former biscuit baker and together with her small and dedicated team she’s been turning Luk into a cult lip brand that’s now sold at select Free People & Anthropologie stores as well as via the Luk website.

Ruby Grapefruit, Chai Shimmer, Peach Melon & Cherry Plum (left to right)

What makes these lip nourishes so unique:

Hybrid of lip balm & lipstick
Super soft and creamy
Non-drying & very moisturizing
Only made with clean food, pure plant oils, mineral pigments, food active ingredients

I used these practically as a lip balm and with the constant applying throughout the day because I loved the smooth creaminess of the texture I used these up quite quickly.  If you’re not a fan of lipsticks but also want something that is richer and more pigmented than a tinted lip balm this is a great option.

 

Natural & Organic Foundations

Makeup is such a tricky area in green beauty and when it comes to foundation, with everyone having different preferences, skin types & a hard time color matching, it can be the most difficult item in green makeup to purchase. I’m sharing my thoughts today on my entire current collection of natural & organic foundations, BB creams & primers.  Plus I created a chart for easier reference. To not make this post overly long I won’t go into the characteristics such as coverage, finish & consistency which I’ve covered for each product in the below chart. Instead I’ll talk more about my personal experience.

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