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Beauty Haul (100% Pure)

Okay, guys. Keep in mind the fact that I love Sephora. No hate here, but 100% Pure is such a better alternative. Whenever I put my makeup on and take it off, my face doesn’t turn red from the chemicals and it doesn’t sting. 100% Pure feels…well….don’t hate me…but pure.

“100% PURE® products are truly 100% pure: no synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, harsh detergents or any other unhealthy toxins.”

Without further ado, here are the reviews…..

1.) Luminous Primer 

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Retails for $35.00

Imma be real. This primer smells really nice and it feels smooth like a serum. But the primer feels like a moisturizer more than anything. I think it does bring a bit of a glow to the face, so wearing it alone would be fine. However, as a primer, the product didn’t do much for me. It wasn’t very effective at preventing the oxidation of foundation or making sure the makeup lasts. I liked it, but not enough to keep using it. Definitely looking forward to finding other natural primers.

2.) Maracuja Mascara: Blackberry

 

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Retails for $25.00

Story: I thought I bought the Black Tea color mascara. I’ve learned to appreciate this color though. On the eyes, the mascara looks black. I use this product as a mascara and a cream eyeshadow. As an eyeshadow, the color looks like a mulberry. The only con seems to be that the mascara kind of flakes a little. But, the flaking could also be because the mascara I got was a little old. Either way it is a good volumizing mascara.

 

*All of the products from the Second Skin line are very light coverage because the formula is very thin.  Tip: choose the color that is one shade darker than the shade you think you are (personally, I would go two shades darker). For the best results, use fingers to blend

3.) Second Skin Concealer: Peach Bisque Olive Squalane + Fruit Pigments

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Retails for $29.00

Definitely very light coverage. It reminds me of the Naked Basics concealer, but it’s not as good at concealing blemishes like acne. It is a good highlighting concealer for contour or for under the eyes. When it’s applied under the eyes, it looks super natural and feels weightless.

4.)2nd Skin Foundation: White Peach Olive Squalane + Fruit Pigments

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Retails for $45.00

I can definitely smell the olive oil in this foundation. It’s good with evening out the color of your skin, but it’s not good with covering blemishes. It feels lightweight and it feels like you’re not even wearing makeup which is sooo nice. I would really recommend using your fingers. With other foundations I normally use the beauty blender, but because this is an oil base foundation the water in the beauty blender makes it harder to blend out, most of the time leaving streaks.

 

 

 

 

Beauty Haul (Honest Beauty)

In my most recent purchase, I decided to try a few products from Honest Beauty. It’s pretty much the cosmetics end of the Honest Company; the brand itself was founded by two people: Christoper Gavigan (former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World, a national nonprofit empowering parents to protect their children from toxic risks, and the face of the brand, Jessica Alba). Honest Beauty is something I’ve wanted to try out for a long time because celebrities have raved about it, and Jessica Alba has done a lot of promoting.

Honest Beauty adheres to the same set of standards as the Honest Company, and that means trying to eliminate potential health impacts such as “carcinogenicity, teratogenicity, allergenicity, neurotoxicity and more.” The FAQ page specifically states that the company’s products are “made without any questionable ingredients, such as parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde carriers, PEGs, MCI/MI, steareth-n, synthetic fragrances, propylene glycol, butylene glycol, petrolatum, mineral oil, SLS, SLES, sulfates and chemical sunscreens.”

In addition, products are not tested on animals.

Purchases & Reviews

1.) Contour + Highlight Kit 

This is probably one of my favorite products of all time, and I’ve tried a lot of bronzers and highlighters. The two contour colors make it really easy to find your color. You have a lighter shade for winter and a darker shade for summer. The highlight is not glittery. One thing that I absolutely hate is glitter in my highlighter. I’m a simple gal. That being said, the reason why this is (now) my favorite product of all time is because the finish is so natural. The product blends in seamlessly and the highlighter makes it look like your skin is glowing from the inside out! Moreover, its a contour and highlight all in one topped off with a nice dainty mirror. Everything you could possibly need in life. (If your skin tone is on the darker side, this product might not be for you because it’s so subtle and it is pretty light.)

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Retails for $34.00

2.) Magic Balm 

This is a great multi-purpose balm. It’s one of those things where you think you don’t need it, but then you buy it and you’re like, ” I NEED THIS FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!” It’s good for dry areas, retouching, lip balm, or even adding a bit of a glow. My skin is so incredibly dry, all the time. I use this for dry areas when I’m not wearing makeup and retouching dry spots after makeup. Personally, I wouldn’t use this as a lip balm because a.) it’s pretty expensive and b.) there are so cheaper and more effective alternatives. Overall, if you’re on a budget, this would be a nice-to-have and not a must-have.

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Retails for $18.00

3.) Elevated Hydration Replenishing Mist

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Retails for $16.00

This is definitely a nice-to-have-actually -probably -don’t-need-it product. It’s nice to have if your skin is on the drier side and you want something to freshen up your makeup after a long day. In other words it’s like a better/safer/cheaper alternative to the MAC Fix Plus Mist. The difference is, you can use it before or after putting on makeup because it doesn’t really affect the other products you put on your face. After a few uses, I realized I hated the spray bottle because there was just such a concentrated amount of liquid being sprayed out. So, I put the product in an empty travel size Make Up For Ever Mist and Fix Bottle and it works great! One last thing, there is a very strong herbal smell. If you aren’t a fan of strong scents, this might not be for you.

4.) Refreshingly Clean Makeup Remover Wipes

For this price, they are really nice makeup remover wipes. I used to use the Neutrogena wipes and it was something I always went back to. However, after discovering the Honest Beauty wipes, I don’t think I’ll ever go back. As I’ve said before, my skin is super dry, and that’s especially true this winter. Sometimes the Neutrogena stings my face, but the Honest Beauty ones are very gentle. That being said, makeup remover wipes are always a luxury item. If you’re on a budget, just use organic extra virgin olive oil (unfiltered, of course).

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Retails for $10.00