5.07.2016

Gourmet Body Treats Review

Carrot Face Balm $28.00
"This soft balm is high in Vitamins A, C, E and herbal antioxidants to hydrate and repair skin damage. Perfect for all skin types. 3 in 1 product can be used as night moisturizer, makeup remover, under powder foundation as a primer."

This balm is absolutely wonderful for very dry skin like mine! Especially if you are recovering from a sun burn or suffering from dry, peeling skin. I love that it quickly absorbs, is non-greasy or thick, and feels light on the skin. I appreciate the minimal ingredients and that it doesn't have any added scent.

It also works great for removing eye makeup without any stinging!

Sugar and Spice Scrub $20.00 (available in a set with a Leave-In Conditioner)
"Our delicious Sugar and Spice Scrub helps to exfoliate and refresh dull, dry skin, while refining and smoothing the top layer of skin. This product helps protect and nourishe the skin with natural amounts of Vitamins A, D and E"

I use this scrub on both my face any my body! I use it on my face for a grittier, deeper exfoliation, and on my body twice a week just to keep my skin smooth, soft, and glowing. It has a great scent - sweet yet spicy! 

Gourmet Lip Glosses Melon, and Vixen $11.00 (each)
Swatches top Melon, bottom Vixen
"Our Gourmet Lip Gloss doubles as an intense lip treatment. Keep your lips soft all day while wearing your favorite shade. Added CoQ10 hydrates and repairs the delicate skin around the lips. The Gourmet Lip Gloss is high shine, long lasting, and ultra moisturizing. Sheer to matte color lasts for hours while the added moisturizers keep your lips soft and supple all day, even after removing your makeup"

These lip glosses are wonderful! They provide sheer color with a glossy shine, and feel great on the lips, super moisturizing and slick feeling, not at all sticky or thick.

Both colors are on the sheer side, but Melon can be built up to medium pigmentation. Both last as long as any other lip gloss, but even once the color and shine are gone my lips are left feeling soft and moisturized. 

A little more about Gourmet Body Treats, every product is 100% vegan, never tested on animals, and has no negative environmental impact.

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3.15.2016

Conscious Cosmetics 3-in-1 Lip Mix & Eye Shadow Mica Stacker Review

3-in-1 Lip Mix & Eye Shadow Mica Stacker in Golden Goddess #1
Swatches
"Our 3-in-1 Lip Mix & Eye Shadow Mica Stackers provide you with the ingredients to create gorgeous lip colors and rich metallic dramatic eye shadows. 

The lip care mix is VEGAN and lip licking delicious, moisturizing, soothing, and protecting (SPF 4). The mix can be used on it’s own as a clear lip gloss, or can be mixed with the individual/combined micas, to create your own lip colors. 

If you desire a lot of color, add more mica, and if you wish to create a slightly sparking gloss, add less mica.  To use the micas as eyeshadows, you wet your brush or mix the mica with just a little water (one drop(!) in a teaspoon), to create completely non-toxic, super rich sparkling eye shadows! GREAT for Face & Body Painting."

These shades are super sparkly, and gorgeous! Above swatches are of the product used dry, but you can achieve an even bolder, metallic look by applying them with a damp brush. The included lip care mix is super moisturizing, and has a nice slightly minty scent. It's great to mix with the micas for a variety of looks! You can even mix a tiny amount of the gold shade to create a beautiful gloss with gold flecks.. super versatile set! I find these shadows last well on the lips as well as the eyes, and especially well when you use a primer underneath.

Overall, I would highly recommend giving these 3-in-1 Stackers a try! PS the lip care mix is Vegan.

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3.06.2016

Ellis Faas Review

Creamy Lips, Hot Lips, and Milky Lips $35.00 (each)
Creamy Lips in L105 (Hazelnut)
"A long-wear lipstick that provides pure colour, and a shiny finish that lasts overtime. Superior comfort both in application and on lips. Plumping actives improve hydration and smooth your lips. For classic definition: the texture of this highly pigmented, covering lipstick gives great definition to your lips, both as a fully covering shade, but also as a mere stain.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS - Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Candelilla Wax, Prune Seed Extract.

Apply Creamy Lips with the spongy applicator first by painting the lips with just a small amount of lipstick, then fully load the applicator to fill inside of the lips. Creamy Lips is also great for a more stained effect: just load a tiny bit of the lipstick onto the applicator, apply and blot for a matte stain.

A “Human Colour” and therefore suitable for each skin tone, age or style. No scent. No taste. No parabens. No animal testing."

Love the texture of Creamy Lips! As the name implies it's extremely creamy and applies to the lips smoothly and effortlessly. It lasts great as a stain or lipstick, and I really find the sponge applicator easy to use for precise application.

Hot Lips L401 (Bright Red)
"Hot Lips is Ellis' latest revolutionary texture for the lips. Because it's absolutely packed with pigment, you'll only need a tiny bit of the non-greasy Hot Lips to add vibrant colour. Hot Lips are extremely longwearing, without the risk of drying out your lips. A little goes a very long way!

All Ellis Lips products are suitable for every skin tone, age and style. Paraben-free. Non-sticky. No animal testing.

Hot Lips has a great texture, still very creamy though not quite as creamy as Creamy Lips though even longer wearing! I swatched this on my hand and the swatch lasted on my skin 24 hours, and yes it lasts just about as well on the lips! This has the same sponge tip applicator as Creamy Lips. The color is gorgeous! I am a big fan of reds and this one is a gorgeous flame red.

Milky Lips L207 (Nude Pink)
"A long-wear, fluid lipstick that provides highly-pigmented colour, and a glossy finish that lasts overtime. Superior comfort both in application and on the lips. Plumping actives improve hydration and smooth your lips. Especially loved by women who do not like to feel lipstick on their lips.

The light texture of this highly pigmented, covering lipstick gives great definition to your lips, both as a fully covering shade, but also as a mere stain.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS - Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Candelilla Wax, Prune Seed Extract.

Apply Milky Lips with the brush applicator first by painting the lips with just a small amount of lipstick, then fully load the applicator to fill inside of the lips. Milky Lips is also great for a more stained effect: just load a tiny bit of the lipstick onto the applicator, apply and blot for a matte stain.

A “Human Colour” and therefore suitable for each skin tone, age or style. No scent. No taste. No parabens. No animal testing."

Milky Lips is a lot lighter than Creamy or Hot lips, while neither of those feel heavy on the lips, Milky lips just feels even lighter! The consistency is thinner, but still has full pigment just as Creamy and Hot Lips have full pigment with only one swatch. As you will see in the below photo, Milky Lips has a gorgeous gloss finish to it without being sticky, it feels like lip balm on the lips! The applicator on Milky Lips is a brush applicator which is very easy to use, and soft on the lips.

Swatches top to bottom L105, L401, L207
Overall, I would highly recommend giving Ellis Faas Lip Products a try! I loved all of these texture and pigment wise.

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2.27.2016

ClimbOn Skin Special Review

Skin Special (Mini Extreme Size) $22.95
This set includes

climbOn Bar (0.5 oz), the climbOn Créme (2.3 oz) & a Lip Tube

climbOn Bar
"climbOn Bar is a 100% pure (synthetic,chemical free), food grade, skin nourishing product.  We say "If you can't eat it, don't put it on your skin."™

This is a multi-purpose product that can be used to soothe burns, cuts, scrapes, rashes, cracked cuticles and heels, tissue nose, road rash, diaper rash, abrasions, poison ivy...any skin issue that needs deep moisturizing and nourishing.

climbOn Bar was originally formulated for rock climbers skin, being used to help the body repair from extreme use and environmental conditions. It's crossed all barriers since it works on any skin type and any skin issue.

Each ingredient is specifically chosen for what it does for you mentally as well as physically. This is why we say all of our ingredients are active. It's a community working to support skin repair as well as mental & emotional balance.

The physical properties of this product include analgesic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antitoxic, cicatrizant (wound healing), insecticide, vulnerary, bactericidal, astringent, stimulates white corpuscles, and more. WOW! 

Slightly filtered, unrefined, yellow Beeswax is used as a humectant (draws moisture), an emulsifier (holds ingredients together naturally), and is water resistent (provides protection). It has a high content of vitamin A which is a key component in human cell development. Beeswax also has antibacterial properties and has been recognized as valuable and used for thousands of years

The aromatherapeutic values of Lavender essential oil are anti-depressant, nervine, calms stress related conditions, shock and insomnia. The Neroli has aromatherapeutic values of anti-depressant, aphrodisiac, mild hypnotic, and stimulant."

This bar is wonderful to take with you anywhere! The mini size included in this set makes it great to fit right in your pocket or purse. Really a multipurpose product great for anywhere that you need some quick moisture, also love that it's not greasy!

climbOn Lip Tube
"Let's talk minty fresh.  We use peppermint essential oil in this recipe for it's anti-inflammatory properties as well as the soothing feeling you get when you apply this to your lips. The aromatherapeutic value of the essential oils is one that stimulates the mind and promotes concentration as well as antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal. 

Lip Tube has the same 100% pure base as the Climb On! Bars with added organic, fair-trade, grade A shea butter. 

We call it a Lip Tube, and we use it to moisturize our skin after the sun, for wind burned cheeks, dry cuticles, or tissue nose. AND it's great for mosquito bites.  Just a dab and the itchiness seems to disappear.  (Of course, this statement has not been evaluated by the FDA) Use it under lipstick to prolong your color. Rub it on your temples if you have a headache. The smell of Peppermint essential oil is said to stimulate and refresh."

Love this lip tube! My allergies have been acting up like crazy so of course I have a case of the dry, burning tissue nose! I have been using this on the dry spots of my nose and it helps it to heal up but also helps me breathe clearer due to the peppermint scent.

It's also a great moisturizing lip balm!

climbOn Crème
"Every ingredient in this product has an active purpose in moisturizing, soothing and synergistically working with your skin to maintain a healthy balance.

The unrefined beeswax in this product serves as an emulsifier, humectant and is naturally water resistant. The high content of vitamin A in the unrefined, beeswax, is a key component in human cell development, has antibacterial properties and has been recognized as valuable and used for thousands of years. Organic, rosehip seed oil is one of the nourishing ingredients in this product. According to research accumulated by the cosmetic research company Provital Group, rosehip seed oil's unique blend of vitamin A also causes "collagen and elastin levels to increase," resulting in firmer, elastically inclined skin. 1 tube of this beautiful Crème can replace over $100 USD in synthetic items. It's a deep moisturizer and acts like food for your skin in that it nourishes as well.

Apply the Crème to your skin to moisturize and nourish if you are in the sun, wind, ice, rain, water, chemicals, etc. Use after extreme exposure for moisturizing relief. Make-up remover, cuticle cream, intense nighttime moisturizer, before and after the sun lotion, as a conditioning aftershave for face or legs. climbOn Crème is a perfect moisturizing diaper rash cream, as a cradle cap lotion or any skin problem that is tender and needs easy application in order to moisturize."

The texture of this cream is quite different than most I have tried, rather than a thick, creamy consistency or lotion consistency it almost has the consistency of petroleum jelly, yet gritty. Once applied to the skin any grittiness just melts away, this cream applies like butter! I love to use it on my dry areas such as hands, elbows, knees, and also for my super dry, super sensitive facial skin I like to use this every night as an over night treatment.

Overall, I think this set would make a great gift, and I would recommend it! I also love the fact that their products are food grade.

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