Silk Naturals Eyeshadows – Pressed & Swatched!

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Top row L-R: Crumpet, Nobel, Kensington, Steeped, Manor, Duchess; Bottom row L-R: First Kiss, Blanket Fort, Homecoming Queen, Saddle Up, Mink, Virtual

My clean eyeshadow history is a short story.  I started using clean non-toxic cosmetics about 8 years ago, and I had a very simple makeup routine at the time.  I had maybe three eyeshadows and they were loose mineral shadows.  I loved them, but they were so messy (I’m clumsy…like, really clumsy) and I would always deal with fallout.

Desperate for pressed shadows, I bought a Tarte pressed eyeshadow palette.  Tarte is not my first pick for cosmetics, as they are not that clean.  However, I used the palette for a while, but wasn’t happy about it.

I started reading a lot about Silk Naturals selection of eye shadows and one day I finally checked out their website…I was a kid in a candy store.  The selection of colors and finishes is amazing for natural mineral eye shadows.  And at just over $4 per eye shadow, I was able to pick up several shades.

One of the things I purchased was their Bare Necessities Matte 2 Palette, which is supposed to be a clean dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette.  I’ve never used UD before, so I truly can’t compare them, however, I love the Silk Naturals Matte 2 Palette and use it almost every day.

In the photos below, you can see swatches of all 6 shades in the SN Matte 2 Palette.  I have pressed them all, but it did not seem to change the pigmentation.

  • Crumpet is a nice, neutral slightly shimmery highlight that is good for the inner eye.
  • Nobel is a soft nude brown with a bit of pink, a beautiful all-over lid base color.
  • Kensington is a slightly cool-toned soft brown with a hint of gray, also a beautiful lid color.
  • Steeped is a basic taupe brown that I like to use in the crease.
  • Manor is a warmer-toned version of Steeped that I also use in my crease.
  • Duchess is a deep brown that I use on my upper lash line.
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Mattes with flash

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Mattes in natural light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also have some other eye shadows from SN that I also pressed.  These are equally gorgeous and so versatile!

  • First Kiss is a nice soft matte pinkish tan.
  • Blanket Fort is a very wearable, light tan shimmer.
  • Homecoming Queen is one of my absolute favorites.  It is a gorgeous shimmery-pearl soft gold highlight.  If I recommended one shade, it would be this one.  Stunning.
  • Saddle Up is a medium golden brown that leans more pearly than shimmery.
  • Mink might be my second favorite shade that I own from SN.  It’s a beautiful slightly shimmery brown with plum tones.
  • Virtual is a fun, shimmery mauve brown with plum and pink tones.

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With flash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As far as pressing my shadows, I learned from reading blog posts such as Ru’s post on Short Small & Sweet and watching Oxana’s YouTube video.  For me it was fairly easy and really fun to press my shadows.  And I love them so much more because they are less messy and so easy to access, as opposed to opening all those little jars.

Have you pressed mineral eye shadows?  Do you have any Silk Naturals shadows or other natural shadows that you love?  Tell me in the comments!

 

So Random: My New Interests & Loves

crystalsThese are a few random items and activities that I’ve been interested in and loving lately.  Some of these I plan on posting more in-depth reviews of in the future.

Healing Crystals – When I was younger, I was fascinated and in love with stones of all shapes, sizes, and colors.  I think children are so much more in-tune with their sixth sense and the unseen forces in the world.  As adults, many times we let that part of ourselves vanish.  But now I’m starting to think I was right about the allure of crystals!  I’ve recently purchased a chakra cleansing crystal set from an Etsy seller and also set out a bowl of crystals on my nightstand.  I also have read a couple of crystal books (such as The Crystal Bible) and am looking forward to reading more and exploring the power of individual crystals and their healing abilities.

Plum Paper Family Planner – A couple of months ago, I started seeing a lot of videos on YouTube of women gushing over planners.  I rolled my eyes…and then I started thinking about all the scattered lists I kept, the Post-It notes everywhere, and the fact that I kept two calendars.   And then it started to sound more appealing to use a planner.  After some research, I ordered a Plum Paper family planner and have been using it for about three weeks so far.  I plan on doing a review in the future, but so far it is really helpful to have all my important dates and info in one place!

Silk Naturals – I’d heard about this brand for a while before I was motivated to order from them, and I’m so glad I did!  Their eye shadows and blushes have an amazing shade range and are so affordable.  I will post a review with swatches very soon!

ASMR Videos – I had no idea what ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) is until I read this NMDL post.  I’ve always experienced “triggers” but didn’t know there was any explanation for it, and assumed maybe it was just me.  How wrong I was!  Now I’ve been listening to ASMR videos almost daily.  My favorites are Olivia and Gentle Whispering.  Their videos greatly help with my anxiety and truly relax me.  I cannot get enough.

Ballet Beautiful – I’m not sure how I stumbled upon Mary Helen Bowers, but I’m glad I did.  I was looking for a new workout to mix into my Pilates routine, and Ballet Beautiful is perfect for me.  It is still mat work, which I love, but it works my body in a different way.  I love that she has streaming videos that you can purchase from her website that vary in length.  The reality for me is that quick workouts are a necessity.  She also has a store with items like satin ballet street shoes that my inner-ballerina would love to own…if I were a rich woman.

Morganite Ring – Several years ago, I came across a photo of a gorgeous ring.  It was a cushion cut pale pink gem called Morganite, and it was surrounded by a halo of diamonds on a diamond eternity band.  Fast forward nearly five years later, and I have my own Morganite engagement ring just like the one I saw.  I’ve had it for a few weeks now and I love it!  I actually ordered it from Etsy (I ordered it because I got to pick it out myself, yay!).  Ordering an engagement ring from Etsy isn’t for the faint hearted, I will admit.  However, I’ve already been married once in the past and I wasn’t afraid to do something different this time.  I really did my research on sellers and took my time, which I think made a huge difference in my satisfaction.  The seller I chose to purchase from was fantastic and is a trained goldsmith with excellent feedback.  I loved supporting a small female-owned business.

Child Crafts – A few weeks ago, I put together a craft kit full of papers, art supplies, glue, scissors, beads, and lots of other fun items for my daughter.  I also purchased some craft items from Michael’s.  This was one part of an effort to create fun child activities that don’t involve electronics.  A post about this in the near future!

 What have you been loving lately?  Let me know in the comments!

Favorite Products (Children): The Honest Company Haircare

 

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These are the only products I’ve used on my young daughter’s hair in almost a year – The Honest Company Shampoo, Conditioner, and leave-in Conditioning Detangler.

I admit I was and always am a bit skeptical about any celebrity endorsed product or brand.  It isn’t that they don’t have the potential to be stellar products, but I am just a bit jaded and suspicious of this materialistic, money-driven economy in which we live.

My introduction to The Honest Company, which actress Jessica Alba co-founded, was one day in a book store when I saw a copy of her book “The Honest Life”. I was surprised to see that she was a “non-toxic” mom who is very particular about what kinds of products and foods to which her children are exposed. I read the book, delighted by most of what I read, but still wondering if her company was just a bunch of greenwashing.  I really dislike greenwashing, because it feels like being told a lie.

So I hopped over the her brand’s website and checked out a few of the products.  Then I looked up some of those products on the EWG’s Skindeep Database to see just how non-toxic these products were.  And you know what?  The products on the database rate pretty darn well.  The shampoo is rated a very low 1, and the conditioner and detangler rate a respectable 2.

Once I was satisfied with the ingredients and the price, I placed an order.  I had low expectations.  Here again, I was happily blown away.  My daughter’s hair is very fine and curly.  It gets frizzy and tangled easily.  This trio of hair care products make her hair look gorgeous.  Seriously – her hair is bouncy, conditioned, and her blonde curls are springy and beautiful.

As far as the scent, it is naturally scented with orange and tangerine oils and vanilla fruit extract.  It smells exactly like a oranges and cream (or a creamsicle but in a very wholesome way). I absolutely love these products and make sure I always have them on hand. I have used them on my hair, but admittedly not in a while as I like trying different brands.

Bottom line, these products are fantastic.  The efficacy, scent, and price are all spot-on.  In fact, I’ve been pretty happy with all the products I’ve ever purchased from The Honest Company.

Have you ever tried these products?  What do you use for your children’s bath?

 

Side-by-Side Mascara Comparision: W3LL People & Lily Lolo

mascaratubesMascara is one of my favorite makeup items.  I love the way it makes a woman look brighter, more awake, and sexier.  Mascara was also one of the very last items of which I used a non-natural version…the thought of a bad mascara made me cringe.  However, the quality of clean, non-toxic beauty items has made absolute leaps and bounds in the past several years….yay!  Now, there are actually options.  For the past 8 years or so I have used clean, all-natural makeup…but I’ve only used clean mascara for the past year or two.  That is a testament to how much I was clinging to my favorite non-natural mascaras.

Then when I found W3LL People mascara last year, I was so happy I could’ve danced around my room.  I don’t exaggerate when I say that it easily replaces the chemical laden mascaras of my past.  See my original review here.

Now enter Lily Lolo’s new mascara, a much hyped product that was included in the February Petit Vour box.  Immediately, I was curious how it would compare to the W3LL People mascara.

To truly see in real-time how they compare, I used the W3LL People on one eye and the Lily Lolo on the other.  Please excuse the photo quality, I wanted to get a shot of my eyes before I forgot and the lighting and angle weren’t the best.  Hopefully this is sufficient for comparing the mascaras. A better camera is hopefully in my future!

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Left: W3LL People Mascara; Right: Lily Lolo Mascara.  I’m wearing two coats of each.

The formula of the Lily Lolo seems drier and thicker to me than W3LL People’s.  And as far as the brush goes, I vastly prefer the W3LL People, as it seems to coat my lashes really well and seperate them at the same time.  Every time I use my Lily Lolo, I have clumping issues, but never have experienced this with the W3LL People.  You can actually see some of the clumping in the photo.  You can really get a good look at them both if you click on the photo to enlarge it. Also, I feel that I get more of a spidery-look with Lily Lolo.  As far as wear, they both are very comparable, with no flaking at all and little to no smudging.

This is not to say that I dislike the Lily Lolo mascara.  It wears well and does give volume and might be spectacular for someone else.  However, for me, W3LL People still takes the non-toxic cake.

Have you used either or both of these mascaras? Which do you prefer? Do you have another brand of clean mascara that you love? Let me know!

Recent Emptied Natural Products

februaryemptiesRead on for the “eh’s” “oohs” and “aahs” of some of my recent finished all-natural bath and beauty products!

ED4OLO Active Moisture Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil – I’m on my 3rd or 4th bottle of this luxury product.  It is expensive, but 1) I’ve gotten it on sale every time I’ve purchased it, and 2) less expensive cleansing oils just don’t compare for me.  Definitely a product I wholeheartedly love.  The scent, the way it dissolves makeup and yet somehow is completely water soluble…aaah.

Zylicious Xylitol Gum – I picked up this affordable gum at the all-natural health food store I frequent.  It doesn’t contain most of the nasties that conventional gums do, but it contains titanium dioxide (to make it white) which I’m not a fan of.  The taste was great, though.

Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil – This oil has been on my face every single day this winter.  It’s amazing.  Seriously.

Acure Organic Argan Oil – This is purely a staple in our bathroom.  I haven’t used it often this past winter because I’ve needed extra heavy serums and balms.

Blissoma Fresh Mild Rice Cleanser – I loved using the sample of this cleanser.  I would definitely buy a full-size…if I could get it at a great price.  It’s a bit expensive for my taste, but it is very, very nice.

Honest Company Shampoo & Conditioner – These are also staples in our house.  They are the only products I use to wash my daughter’s hair (review coming soon!).

Hurraw! Moon BalmI love Hurraw!  So….that being said, this is my least favorite flavor/scent that I’ve tried.  I wanted to love it, but the flavor is just funky.  I got used to it after a while, but I was never a fan of the smell.

Lotus Wei Infinite Love Energy Mist – One of the most beautiful scents I’ve ever come across.  I was so sad when this bottle was empty.  I haven’t repurchased, but that’s because I really want to purchase the Infinite Love Perfume and just haven’t gotten around to it….yet.

W3LL People Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara My favorite mascara, maybe ever.  I’m currently comparing a new tube of it to the brand new Lily Lolo mascara…review to come!

Odacite Buriti Lime Serum – This was a sample and I absolutely loved it – the texture, the smell, the way my skin looked in the morning.  Definitely not cheap, but I’d love to buy a full-size in the future.

Gemstone Organic Ylang Ylang Gem Hydrosol – I love GO Cremes…but this hydrosol was just like spritzing water on my face.  It really did nothing for me, and I wasn’t a fan of the scent, either.  I love that they put a piece of crystal in their hydrosols, and I’d be willing to try another scent in the future, but I would not repurchase this one. (At the time of posting this, I don’t see this product available on their website, so I’m not sure if it’s out of stock or discontinued).

Evan Healy Lavender HydroSoul – EH hydrosols are amazing.  The quality is obvious, the fine mist comes out perfectly, and the scents are complex and a pleasure for the senses.  I repurchased an EH hydrosol but in a different scent.

Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator –  A fantastic hydrosol/hydrating toner.  The smell is delicious, the quality fantastic.  I didn’t repurchase this one because it is expensive.  However, the product is stellar and I will probably repurchase this one in the fall/winter.

HollyBeth Organics Chamomile Foaming Cleanser – I already repurchased this, but haven’t been using it.  Instead, the past few weeks, I’ve only been using oils and cleansing balms due to my very sensitive, dry winter skin.  I’ll add this back into my rotation once the weather warms up.

Stark Skincare Neroli Midnight Oil – This was a sample, and I really enjoyed it.  It didn’t knock my socks off, but even with such a small sample, I could tell it was a great serum.  I didn’t love it as much as the Odacite serum, but it was still nice.

Have you used any of these products?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!