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Adorn Style Icons Lipstick Grace, Eyeliner & Lipstix Chubbi Pencil | Review + Get the Look

Monday, August 22, 2016


Adorn Cosmetics is an Australian make-up and skincare brand that doesn't compromise on ethics, quality or luxury. Their products are cruelty free, non-toxic, vegan and Australia made & owned. I've created a look using the Style Icons Lipstick in Grace, Chubbi Eyeliner in Onyx and Chubbi Lipstix Pencil in Dusty Pink, and I'm going to review each of these below also!

This look was a little 60's inspired, with a classic winged eye-liner and lip. 
I love adding a winged eye to a look, as it can transform it so effortlessly, and transitions seamlessly from day to night. 


Get the Look

Prep

I prepared my skin using the Vapour Beauty Stratus Soft Focus Skin Perfecter
This evens out the skin tone and provides a luminous, soft-focus glow to the skin, as well as hydrating the skin and giving it some slip for the foundation to follow. 

Brighten & Conceal

Using my ring fingers, I applied a pin-head size amount of the W3LL People Bio-Correct Multi-Action Concealer in Light underneath both eyes, patting it out gently. I used the excess on my fingertips to also brighten and prime my lids and up to my brow bone. 

Foundation

RMS Beauty Un Coverup in #11, applied in in strokes to the skin with the fingertips, then blended out to a flawless finish using the MOTD Cosmetics Beauty & The Base Brush (code mesgyjane saves 10% off). 

For areas where I need extra coverage/concealing, I use the Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation in Silken, and gently blend/pat out with the Beauty & The Base Brush.

Powder

I set my foundation and W3LL People Concealer lightly using the La Mav Anti-Ageing Mineral Foundation SPF15 in the shade Light - Medium and Ere Perez Blush & Bronzer Brush. For the smaller areas (like under the eyes), I pinch the brush in. Make sure to tap off excess powder before lightly dusting it over the face, in a press and roll motion. I find these two products paired together give an almost airbrushed finish to the skin.

Blush & Bronze / Contour

Using my fingertips, I lightly contoured my cheekbones with the Kjaer Weis Dazzling Bronzer
Starting at the hairline, I sweep the colour underneath my cheekbones towards the centre of my face, then blend lightly upwards. (If you want to see how I contour, see here - there's a graphic!)

Using the MOTD Cosmetics Blush Brush, I applied the Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming to the apples of my cheeks, and blended out. 

Eyes

Eyebrows are the EcoBrow Defining Wax in Marilyn, applied using the EcoBrow Defining Brush.

I used the two lightest shades from the Lily Lolo Laid Bare Palette to create a nude, highlighted eye. I also placed the Lily Lolo Pressed Eye Shadow in Ivory Tower in the centre of the lid, corner of my eye and beneath my brow bone to highlight and brighten. I used the MOTD Cosmetics Miss Shady Lady and Eye Catching Crease brushes for my eyes.


Eyeliner + Mascara

I opted for the Adorn Cosmetics Chubbi Eyeliner in Onyx as I find crayons / chubby pencils are usually much creamier than regular pencils, and as I prefer to use a brush to apply my eyeliner, a creamier formula is much easier to work with. It also prevents dragging on the delicate skin of your lids.

Using the MOTD Cosmetics Eyeliner Brush, I tight-lined my upper lash line with the Adorn Cosmetics Chubbi Eyeliner in Onyx, and then created the wings.

I'm going to try to get a video demo up later this week, but here's a quick run-down -

Try to find your angle with the brush handle first - in the general direction towards the tail of the brow, but not too severe an angle (less than 45°). I use a gentle tape (either Washi or Scotch tape) to get the perfect line on both eyes. Make sure to apply/remove the tape to the back of your hand several times before positioning it around the eye. This removes most of the adhesive and ensures it won't tug on the delicate skin around your eyes.

Using the brush, draw your wings, and fill in. I then remove the tape, and slowly build up the liner from the outer tip of the wing towards the centre of my eyelid, until I've achieved the desired shape. 

Now, this sounds like it will take far more time than it actually does. I have my eyeliner routine down to about 2-3mins. A brush and creamy eyeliner really make all the difference!

Curl the lashes and finish with a coat of the Ere Perez Volumising Waterproof Mascara.
Lips

Taking the Chubbi Lipstix Pencil in Dusty Pink, I lined my lips, making sure to to accentuate the bow. The thing I love about using a liner or firmer crayon-style lipstick like this, is it allows you to properly fill in the lips and take the colour right to the edge, giving a gorgeously full pout and crisp edge. I then also filled in the rest of my lips with the Chubbi Lipstix Pencil in Dusty Pink

I then topped off with the Style Icons Lipstick in Grace (which is a perfect shade match for the chubbi pencil), for a glossy (and moisturising!) finish. 

Highlight

Using my fingertips, I applied the Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter to the high points of my cheekbones, bridge of nose and cupids bow.

Finishing

When doing a winged liner and full lip, you can really make it pop by making sure you have a crisp, clean line. Don't worry about getting everything perfect first up - this is where concealer comes in!

Taking the RMS Beauty Un Coverup in #11 and Kjaer Weis Foundation Brush (or other concealer brush), line around the lips, cleaning up the lines, and underneath the winged liner. 


Style Icons Lipstick in Grace / Review

With a minimum of 85% Certified Organic ingredients, the Adorn Cosmetics Style Icons Lipsticks are rich and creamy, luscious on the lips and highly pigmented.

I chose the shade Grace which is a warm, rosy pink with coral undertones. 
I usually avoid coral shades as I find them very unflattering on my, but as this only has a gentle hint of coral, I find Grace an extremely wearable, flattering shade. It is still definitely within the shades of pink, with a touch of spring!

For how creamy the lipstick is, I wasn't entirely too sure how long the colour would last, but I was quite surprised by the staying power of these. With just one coat (which I didn't even bother to blot), the colour lasted several hours through eating and drinking, and even at the end of the day the colour was still holding up fairly well. The Style Icons lipsticks are incredibly moisturising, yet the colour fades evenly, and doesn't bleed or feather. 

The sleek black packaging has a matte finish and feels beautiful to use. 

You can find the full ingredients here.


Luxe Lipstix Chubbi Pencil in Dusty Rose / Review

I love lipstick, but I think I love this chubbi pencil even more! Whilst not as creamy as the Style Icons Lispticks, the Adorn Lipstix Chubbi Pencils are still quite moisturising, and keep my lips from drying out throughout the day. 

These are a 2-in-1, lipstick meets lip liner pencil. Again highly pigmented, the Chubbi Pencils have a semi-matte finish, and incredible staying powder. These can be used to line the lips and accentuate your pout, yet are creamy enough to still wear alone. I love using this both ways, and due to the pencil style and firmer crayon, are a breeze to touch-up, even without a mirror. 

The Adorn Lipstix Chubbi Pencil in Dusty Rose is accurately named - a warm, dusty rose shade. Super flattering, and a half shade or so darker than the Grace Lipstick (and without the coral tone), it pairs beautifully with Grace as a liner. 

Again the packaging is super sleek, with a black pencil and clear cap (fits better in a compact purse than a lipstick, too), which fits nice and firmly (no need to fear it coming off). The only downside is this is not a wind-up pencil. All of the product is what you can see, so as it wears down, I'll probably use a lip brush to continue to line (for the sharper edge), or if I sharpened it, keep the lipstick shavings in a lip balm tub.


Mineral & Organic Chubbi Eye Liner in Onyx / Review

As I mentioned above, I love a creamy eyeliner, but it still has to have staying powder. The Adorn Chubbi Eyeliner is creamy enough to apply without dragging on the skin, yet doesn't smudge easily or fade throughout the day. 

This is in the same style of packaging as the Chubbi Lipstix Pencils, with a clear cap and non-wind up pencil. As the chubbi pencil is quite creamy, it is recommended to place it in the refrigerator for 15mins or so before sharpening, but as I use a brush, this isn't an issue. I actually really love that I won't have to sharpen this for use, just uncap, get my brush and apply!

The other problem I usually have with eyeliner is finding one that is truly black - highly pigmented once applied and not just a faded-looking liner. This applies beautifully rich and black as black, and it is easy to build up your liner. 


Overall

I really love all of these products - 100% Cruelty Free, free from Palm & Mineral Oil, Parabens & Petrochemicals, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Gluten free, Nano particles, fillers such as Talc, Rice Powder, Clay or Bismuth Oxychloride, synthetic fragrance and colours.
Most importantly, they perform.

The  Grace Style Icons Lipstick has become my favourite new shade and I want to try the others!

You can purchase Adorn Cosmetics from -
Adorn Cosmetics in Australia
The Organic Project in AU + USA




Kelsey xx
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Botica Bliss Bath Tea No.2 | Review & Discount

Friday, August 19, 2016


Taking a long, relaxing soak in the tub is one of the best ways to soothe tired muscles, calm your mind and just completely zone out. Adding a bath bomb, some salts or oil can add to the relaxation and soothing benefits, but as you'll probably be soaking in the tub for a good 20mins, you'll want to make sure that it's 100% natural and non-toxic.

I recently received the No.2 Tranquil Nights Bath Tea from Botica Bliss to try. This Bath Tea is an exquisite blend of calendula flowers, jasmine buds, lavender flowers, chamomile flowers and bicarbonate soda to soothe, relax and ready you for sleep.

Botica Bliss is an Australian-owned and made range of 100% natural bath teas, designed to give you back that much-needed me-time in a day. 

The Botica Bliss Bath Tea comes with everything you need - the beautiful tea, reusable cloth drawstring bag and wooden spoon for measuring. I love that this Bath Tea came packaged with a drawstring bag, as it could get messy pretty quickly with loose flowers and herbs in the bath!

After filling the bag with a few spoons of the tea, I left it to steep while I ran the water.
There is a light herbal, floral kind of scent from the tea, not at all overwhelming. This Bath Tea is incredibly soothing and relaxing, and I'm ready to drop off to sleep the instant I'm out of the tub! Calendula has powerful healing and anti-inflammatory properties, whilst the Lavender and Chamomile soothe and provide a pleasant aroma. Apart from the soothing, relaxing properties of the bath tea, I also noticed that my skin was incredibly soft after use - which I'm crediting to the bicarbonate soda, which not only detoxifies and alkalizes, but goes almost silky in water.


Overall

Don't use this unless you are headed to bed shortly afterwards, haha! It really is that relaxing. I really have been loving this tea, and look forward to using it each time, It adds a little bit of luxury and pampering!

I'm thrilled to be able to offer megsy-jane readers 15% off Botica Bliss with code MJ15.
Valid until August 31st.


Kelsey xx

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The Little Alchemist Cacao & Banana Face Glow | Review

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Masks are an important step in your skincare, and once you've found one that suits your skin type, it can do wonders for it. I like to use a combination of masks, with different uses and results, but I believe every woman should have a good detox mask. 

I've been using The Little Alchemist Cacao & Banana Face Glow Mask weekly, for a few months, and I love the results each time. Masks work as a support to your other skincare, and offer a weekly deep-cleanse, withdrawing impurities from the skin, cleansing pores and delivering a dose of antioxidants and nutrients (depending on the kind you choose). 

The Cacao & Banana Face Glow is a dry mask, with a blend of super fruits and raw cacao that delivers powerful anti-aging nourishment & antioxidant-rich hydration to improve skin’s vitality, radiance & luminosity. The zeolites and clay deeply cleanse, exfoliate and remove toxins. 


How to Use

I use this mask weekly, and the jar holds enough for 8-10 or more masks. 
I usually just mix a tsp of this with enough rainwater to make a paste, but you can also mix your dry masks with any other liquid of your choice - your favourite facial mist, rosewater, greek yogurt, honey, coconut oil, or whatever you prefer. 

I use a flat brush to apply all my masks as they spread a much more even, thin layer, and it is waaaay less mess.

The instructions recommend a treatment time of 10mins, but I always leave this mask on for 30-40mins (or at least until dry), as it is much more effective for my skin. The mask is relatively easy to remove with just warm water and a face cloth (some masks can be notoriously difficult to remove, not this one)

Also, due to the raw Cacao, this smells like chocolate!!

Results

If it's your first time using a detox mask in a while or your skin is very congested, you may experience some redness, and even heat under the skin (not topical irritation) after you've removed the mask. Don't panic. This is simply the circulation/blood flowing into your skin as the clays draw everything up and out. 
I still get a pink flush after removing a clay mask that lasts 30mins or so, but not as red as the first few initial uses. 
Afterwards, my skin is so smooth, deeply cleansed, fresh and with regular use, my skin really is glowing for days afterwards! If you have deeply congested skin, or any blemishes, this will really help to draw out those impurities, and I find it helps heal/fade blemishes faster. I can also use this twice a week if my skin is going through a really fussy period, and have it back to it's happy self. 
The Little Alchemist Cacao & Banana Face Glow Mask contains Certified Organic ingredients (where possible), and is Australian made, 100% Natural and Non-Toxic. 
Overall

I absolutely LOVE this mask and will certainly be repurchasing once it's all used up. It may seem a little pricier than some others, but the amount you get lasts me 8-10 weeks or more so it's actually pretty decently priced, and for the results, it is certainly worth it.

I purchase this from Eve Organics in Australia, and she ships Worldwide for those wanting to get this amazing little mask in your hot little hands!
Kelsey xx
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Toss It Tuesday | Self Tanners

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


When you are going through and changing out all of your make-up, skincare and body care, it's easy to forget about certain products - one being self tanners! They are a handy option come spring when your pins are pasty-white after spending all winter covered up, but your usual self-tanner could seriously be affecting your health. 

Many contain at least three different parabens, PEG's, synthetic fragrance and more. Here's quick look at some of the harmful and/or toxic ingredients commonly found in self-tanners  -

- Polysorbates
Petroleum by-product. Contamination concerns with Ethylene Oxide (known human carcinogen) and 1,4 Dioxane (shown to contaminate up to 46% of cosmetics, strong evidence as a human carcinogen)
- Propylene Glycol (PEG)
This is a synthetic petro-chemical mix. It is also made from the same chemical that is used to create anti-freeze, hydraulic fluids, placticizers and solvents. PEG facilitates penetration of formulation deeper into the skin, thereby allowing increasing amounts of other chemicals and toxins to reach the bloodstream. Being a petroleum by-product, PEG's also have the same contamination concerns as above (Ethylene Oxide and 1,4 Dioxane)

- Parabens
Prefixed with Ethyl, Methyl, Butyl, Propyl, Benzyl these are the most widely used group of cosmetic preservatives. Mimic estrogen in the body and are endocrine (hormone) disruptors. Methylparabens have been found in breast tumours in some studies. 

- Phenoxyenthanol
A common cosmetic preservative. Endocrine (hormone) disruptor. Linked to skin irritation, contact dermatitis, also linked to adverse brain and nervous system affects in animal studies.

So, what are the alternatives? I've included the top natural sunless tanners below, alongside a few bronzers/bronzing lotions. Natural sunless tanners are like nail polish - not 100% organic, or sometimes even 100% natural, but they are MUCH better, and usually the DHA (tanning agent), is naturally sourced.


EcoTan Invisible Tan

This is one of the most popular natural sunless tanners. EcoTan is Certified Organic, EcoCert and 100% natural. The EcoTan Invisible Tan is also Cruelty Free and Vegan, and they even have a Face Tan Water for your face & decollete! 

The EcoTan provides a natural-looking sunless tan, and is also available in a Winter Skin shade for the very fair, beginners, or as you guessed it - Winter skin!

*code MEGSY10 saves 10% off your 1st order


Chocolate Sun Cocoa Lite

Chocolate Sun is another wonderful brand, with 87% Certified Organic ingredients, Cruelty Free and a natural DHA, this sunless tanning lotion is available in a range of shades, suited to very fair right up to dark skin tones. The Chocolate Sun sunless tanner is also available in a spray option, for those who prefer spray tanning, over lotions.

TanOrganic Self Tanning Oil
Australia / Ships Worldwide

The world's first tanning oil, the TanOrganic Self Tanning Oil moisturises and illuminates the skin for a sun-kissed glow (without the sun-time!), and is EcoCert, and contains a naturally derived DHA.




Prtty Peaushun Skin Tight Body Lotion

The Prtty Peaushun body lotion is like airbrush for your body! It can be used over the top of a faux tan to help extend the wear, or use before a special event to help blur slight imperfections and add a gorgeous glow! Rich and moisturising, this is a great temporary alternative to a sunless tan, and contains Certified Organic ingredients and is Cruelty Free & Vegan.


100% Pure All Over Glow
Australia / Ships Worldwide

This is a liquid bronzer that you can use as you normally would for your face, or mix with your moisturiser or body lotion for an all-over glow! 100% Pure, is as always, 100% Natural, Certified Organic where possible, Cruelty Free & Vegan.  


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If you have any questions, pop them below, or share your favourite sunless tanner with me!
Kelsey xx
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T.S Elliot

Friday, August 12, 2016

To make an end is to make a beginning.
- T.S Elliot
To make an end is to make a beginning.
- T.S Elliot

The Benefits of Yoga (for the skin)

Thursday, August 11, 2016



We all know that exercise is good for our health, state of mind and body, but how many of you consider your  skin? This month guest author Eve is talking yoga, and what it can do for your skin!

You can catch up on the rest of the series here.


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If you know me or keep up with the Eve Organics blog, you’ll know that I love yoga. As a practice, it offers a multitude of benefits, from increased flexibility and lower blood pressure to an improvement in body image (yes!). It’s a wonderful habit to cultivate for general wellbeing, both mental and physical - but what you might not know is that yoga also offers benefits outside the body. Here are some ways in which regular yoga can improve your skin:


Circulation

Sluggish circulation is the cause of a number of skin care woes – it’s the major culprit behind puffiness, uneven skin tone and dark circles. The slow, deep breathing practiced in yoga increases the amount of oxygen in the cells, and facilitates oxygenated blood flow and lymphatic drainage. This results in an increased ‘flow’ of fluid around the body and face, and a reduction in dark circles and the water retention that causes puffiness. Hello bright eyes!


Hormonal balance

Cortisol, the body’s stress hormone, is produced by the adrenal glands. It’s normally produced in response to a stressful situation or ‘trigger’ – but too much of it can be a bad thing. Cortisol triggers inflammation, aggravates acne and encourages the break-down of collagen – i.e, it’s not good news for your skin. Regular yoga reduces the levels of cortisol in the body by helping to regulate the adrenal glands, promoting both a calmer outlook and a clearer complexion.


Detoxification

Yoga stimulates the lymphatic system, through the contraction and release of particular muscles. The lymphatic system is responsible for flushing out toxins in the body, so it’s important to keep it healthy and functioning well. Skin complaints such as acne and discolouration are usually a sign of imbalance on the inside – so stimulating the body’s natural detoxification and defence processes is a great way to heal skin from the inside-out and restore its natural ‘glow’.


So, what are you waiting for? Give your body, mind and complexion a boost and start adding yoga into your weekly routine. I promise you won’t regret it!



Kelsey xx
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La Mav Anti-Ageing Mineral Foundation SPF15 (Light - Medium) | Review + Discount

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

I'm going to be honest...I've never really liked powder foundations. I usually find them irritating, they look too powdery and can get cakey or orange-toned (if the foundation shade itself is a match, this usually occurs when the powder oxidises during wear...not a good look!) waaayyy too easily. 
However, I've always loved La Mav Skincare (catch up on my reviews), so I thought I'd give their Anti-Ageing Mineral Foundation SPF15 in the shade Light - Medium a whirl. 

Consistency, Coverage and Finish

Let's start with what La Mav say about the foundation - 

La Mav Anti-Ageing Mineral foundation is a concealer, foundation, sunscreen and powder all-in-one that provides a flawless finish, giving your skin a natural and radiant look without clogging pores or causing irritation. La Mav Anti-Ageing Minerals™ offer a chemical-free alternative to traditional foundations and are suitable for all skin type and conditions.

The Anti-Ageing Mineral Foundation also contains Vitamin C and Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, which are both anti-ageing as well as moisturising. As La Mav Organic is one of the cleanest lines available (irritation often comes from an ingredient called Bismuth Oxychloride - you won't find any of that in La Mav products!), my concerns regarding irritation or itching were pretty low.

This powder is very smooth and is quite moisturising to the touch - not at all drying or chalky. I've used this on both bare skin (always prepped with an oil), mixed with La Mav's Vit C Nightly Repair Nectar and over the La Mav BB Cream and other cream/liquid foundations.

Worn alone, the Mineral Foundation has good medium coverage, and light reflective properties that give a luminous finish to the skin. It is perfect dusted lightly over the skin for a natural look that evens the skin tone and provides medium coverage, and has a satin-matte finish. You can easily build up the layers for more full coverage, and it doesn't become cakey, heavy or powdery.

Over the BB Cream Both the BB Cream & Mineral Foundation are medium coverage - worn together, and I can easily get full coverage, with very little need (if any) for a concealer. The Mineral Foundation is so lovely and light, it works well in place of a setting powder to keep my make-up fresh and natural (and in place!) all day long. I'm looking forward to this pairing in Summer when it is quite humid and hot, and very little stays in place!
When dry, I use a flat-topped kabuki brush to apply.

Mixed with an oil (to create a custom cream or liquid foundation) A few drops of the Vit C Nightly Repair Nectar mixed with the Mineral Foundation makes for a gorgeous medium - full coverage foundation, with a dewy, luminous finish. The finish is flawless and still very natural, and I dust a little dry powder over the top to set. I use the MOTD Cosmetics brush to mix + apply as a liquid.


Keep in mind that mineral powder foundation will go up a shade or so when made into a liquid. The shade Light - Medium suits me perfectly dry, but as a liquid, will be a better match in the summer months. I could probably even get away with the shade Light, depending on how much lighter it is than Light-Medium.

A handy tip to remember if you ever purchase a powder that's a shade too light, or want to use up a shade purchased for winter even after you've developed a summer tan!

Wear, Ingredients & Certification

Worn any of the three ways above, the Anti-Ageing Mineral Foundation lasts all day long, without fading, becoming patchy or separating. I also love that this has an SPF15 rating - giving that added touch of sun protection, without relying on chemical sunscreens. 

La Mav is 100% Certified Cruelty Free, and contains Australia Certified Organic ingredients, where available (not all ingredients, such as minerals, are able to be certified). You can find a full list of ingredients here.


Overall + Discount

The La Mav Anti-Ageing Mineral Foundation SPF15 is a wonderful option for a mineral powder - and with none of the usual irritation, powdery-finish or heaviness I find with mineral powders! I love wearing this over the La Mav BB Cream, and look forward to trying it out come summer!

You can shop the entire La Mav Organic range and receive $5 off with code loveyourskin.
For international beauties, you can also purchase La Mav Organic from Nourished Life, which ships worldwide.
Kelsey xx
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Glowing Dewy #FOTD

Thursday, August 04, 2016


A glowing, dewy complexion is one of my favourite make-up looks, and you can still achieve a flawless, glowing look with 100% organic, natural and non-toxic products. The details on how I achieved this look are below as follows -


I always start by prepping my skin with an oil

Primer

I don't use a primer on my skin, other than an eye primer. I use the Lily Lolo Eye Primer Duo
Using clean fingers, I tap the lemon shade underneath my eyes, and across my eyelid, and blend (the yellow tone corrects/counteracts darkness). I use the buff shade on my brow bone and inner corner of my eye to brighten.  

Foundation  

Mix of Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation in Silken and rms beauty "Un" Coverup in #11, applied using the MOTD Cosmetics Beauty & The Base Foundation Brush.

I apply both foundations to my skin from the pan/pot in stripes with a clean fingertip, then blend, blend, blend. (see a demo here). As the Kjaer Weis is such full coverage, I tend to apply it where I would concealer or want extra coverage, plus the centre of my face (bridge of nose, centre of chin, areas where I blend outwards), and fill in the gaps with the rms beauty "Un" Coverup, for a dewy, glowing finish and lighter coverage.


Powder

Next I set with the rms beauty Tinted "Un" Powder in 0-1, with a flat-topped kabuki brush (this is the one I use, and THE loveliest ever), making sure to set the eye area well (important with cream products to prevent creasing).


Contour

Next, I do a light contour with the Lily Lolo Sculpt & Glow Contour Duo (code megsy10 saves 10% off 1st order) on the cheekbones, and a light dusting underneath the jawline, with the MOTD Cosmetics Get Cheeky With It brush.


Blush

For this look, I used both a cream and a powder blush. It's not something I usually do, but I wanted an added dewiness from the cream blush, but really want to set everything with powder. 

I applied the Tata Harper Lip & Cheek Tint in Very Sweet to the apples of my cheeks (with my fingertips), and simply patted out to blend. This shade is so dewy, and so very "my cheeks but better". It works really well underneath a powder, due to the dewiness, and the colour is also sheer, but buildable, so no need to fear looking like a clown!

I topped with a tiny dusting of the Allure blush from the 100% Pure Sex Kitten Palette (see other palettes here and here) The shade is very similar, and a light dusting is all I need to set, and add a deeper blush of colour. 


Eyes & Brows

Brows are Ecobrow in Marilyn, applied using the Ecobrow Angled Brush

Using the MOTD Cosmetics Miss Shady Lady brush, I swept a light dusting of the Lily Lolo Pressed Eyeshadow in Ivory Tower all over the lid and through the crease, layering it up in the centre of the eyelid for an added brightness. 

To line, I always prefer a brush. It gives so much more precision, and I can do wings in about 3 minutes, instead of 15mins. I use the MOTD Cosmetics Pick Up Line brush, and the Adorn Cosmetics Chubbi Mineral & Organic Eyeliner in Onyx.

Finished with a coat of W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara.


Highlight

The 100% Pure highlighters are the silkiest, and glowiest I've ever come across. The give the most beautiful glow, and are weightless on the skin, and blend wonderfully. I used the shade Sexy from the Sex Kitten Palette, applied with the MOTD Cosmetics Supermodel Sculpt brush to the tops of the cheekbones, bridge and tip of nose, underneath the brow bone and inner corner of the eye. It has a light pink undertone, and looks simply stunning. 

You can also use any of the other 100% Pure powder highlighters - all are equally gorgeous.


Lips

I filled in my lips (all over) with the Adorn Cosmetics Mineral Lip Stix in Dusty Rose, then topped off with a coat of Adorn Cosmetics Style Icons Lipstick in Grace.


Discounts

MOTD Cosmetics - 10% off with code megsyjane
Beautiful Because - 10% off your first order use discount code megsy10

You can also find these brands at - 

Citrine Natural Skin
Eco Diva Beauty (CA)
Follain
(The) Detox Market (USA + CA)
Safe & Chic
Spirit Beauty Lounge
Kelsey xx
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Toss it Tuesday | Eye Creams & Serums

Tuesday, August 02, 2016


This week's Toss it Tuesday is eye creams! While they range in price from anywhere as low as $20 up to over $400 a pop, most eye creams don't vary that greatly in formula, and effectiveness of ingredients. Before you reach for your eye cream and start vigorously massaging gently patting it into your delicate eye area, take a moment to check up on the ingredients. Sure, it might have amazing packaging, but does your $269 eye cream really contain anything that is actually going to combat fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness or dark circles? (One I looked at contains Orchid Extract as a 'miracle' ingredient, which has no evidence as being beneficial applied topically to the skin) 

Most also contain water as the first ingredient. Whilst completely harmless, the inclusion of water not only bulks-up a formula (making it a cheap "filler" ingredient), but also requires a heavier dose of preservatives to ensure the shelf-life. 

Effectiveness and results aren't my only concern, however. Many eye creams also contain synthetic fragrance (which can be harsh, irritating or drying to the skin), petroleum by-products and harsh or toxic preservatives. 

Here's a quick look at what you'll find in most eye creams - from top-shelf products worth over $400, to entry-level creams at around $25 - 

- Polysorbates
Petroleum by-product. Contamination concerns with Ethylene Oxide (known human carcinogen) and 1,4 Dioxane (shown to contaminate up to 46% of cosmetics, strong evidence as a human carcinogen)

- Propylene Glycol (PEG)
This is a synthetic petro-chemical mix. It is also made from the same chemical that is used to create anti-freeze, hydraulic fluids, placticizers and solvents. PEG facilitates penetration of formulation deeper into the skin, thereby allowing increasing amounts of other chemicals and toxins to reach the bloodstream. Being a petroleum by-product, PEG's also have the same contamination concerns as above (Ethylene Oxide and 1,4 Dioxane)

- Alcohol
Whilst not a toxic ingredient, many alcohols are drying to the skin, and cause premature ageing with prolonged use. Not exactly something you want in an eye cream. I tend to avoid all except organic grain alcohols - especially when it comes to eye creams. 

- BHT
Preservative. Allergen and and immuno-toxicity concerns. BHT is a toluene-based ingredient. There is strong evidence toluene is a human developmental toxin, is a suspected environmental toxin and known human respiratory toxin. 

- Parfum/Fragrance
Irritant, allergen. Can be a synthetic chemical cocktail of up to 3000 ingredients. Also has little to no use in an eye cream. 

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So, what are the alternatives, and do they work? Well, yes. 
And you might be surprised by the results.


La Mav Anti-Dark Circle Eye Gel
This La Mav eye gel is a good mid-range option, and being certified organic,the ingredients are as clean as you can get. La Mav products aren't simply certified organic and 'clean', however - they also incorporate ingredients scientifically-proven to combat and reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of ageing. Formulated to reduce puffiness and dark circles for a smoother, brighter eye contour. 
I've actually been using this for a number of weeks now, and have a review coming up. 
La Mav also have a Firming Eye Lotion if fine lines and wrinkles are your main concern, or you can pair them together!
Weleda Pomegranate Firming Eye Cream
Weleda is another pure, biodynamic and certified organic brand, that also incorporates scientifically-proven ingredients into their formulas. Their products are some of the purest I've found, and they are truly wonderful on the skin. The Pomegranate Firming Eye Cream is rich in antioxidants and smoothes, softens and hydrates the delicate eye-area and is fragrance free. 
Note - the alcohol included in this formula is an organic grain alcohol and is used a preservative/carrier for botanical extracts. You won't have any issues with drying or chemicals. 



Yet another highly effective, absolutely 100% natural and certified organic brand, Edible Beauty is one of my top recommendations for effective skincare. Everything I've ever tried from Edible Beauty has been amazingly effective and beautiful on the skin (search for my reviews!)

The Edible Beauty & Gold Rush Eye Balm contains Coffee Extract, Cucumber and Horsetail Extract to provide further de-puffing action and promote the radiance and vitality of the eye area. Edible gold leaf imparts radiance, enhances de-puffing and smoothing of the eye area.

Not a synthetic preservative or chemical in sight - just pure, edible goodness for your skin. 


100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

Rich in caffeine and the anti-inflammatory properties of Organic Green Coffee Beans, Green Tea and Rosehip oil to help improve the appearance of puffy eyes, wrinkles and dark circles, the 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream is yet again another highly-effective, 100% natural eye cream.

Don't believe me how good it is? Just check out the reviews.



If you still want the luxury of something higher-end, there are still plenty of natural options. The Josh Rosebrook Oculus Formula is an amazingly powerful oil and herbal blend formulated specifically for the eye area. Specific active herbs work powerfully together releasing potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory plant synergy, boosting collagen, firming skin and resetting skin’s natural regeneration process. Rich fatty acids and phytonutrients smooth fine lines, brighten, reduce puffiness and protect.

This is another of those products that has a cult-following!



Tata Harper Restorative Eye Creme

Another option for those who want a more luxurious product, Tata Harper uses scientifically-proven, highly potent and pure natural ingredients to ensure the maximum benefit for the skin. With botanicals to de-puff, firm and brighten the eye area, the silky, ultra-hydrating formula protects the eyes’ delicate skin from dehydration and helps visually reduce under-eye bags and dark shadows for a revitalized, lifted look. Minimizes expression lines and deep wrinkles, helps to firm appearance of the eyelid, and reduces signs of fatigue and stress. 

Tata Harper is a brand popular among green and 'conventional' beauties alike - give the line a whirl and you'll understand why!
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There are of course many. many more options available - these are just a handful of my top recommendations, covering all price points and concerns. Share your recommendations or what you're using below - I'd love to know!
Kelsey xx
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