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All-Natural Cosmetics Put To The Test

Women love cosmetics, that’s a fact. It is just so much fun to try out different looks. Want to be glamourous? Red lippie will help! Want to look sexy? Get out that smokey eye kit!

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There are endless possibilities, which is why our bathroom vanities are often packed with products (something men will never understand). Recently, the trend of all-natural cosmetics has taken the beauty world by storm.

The health-conscious beauty lover not only cares about what a beauty product can do, but also about what’s in it. It makes sense; if you eat and drink healthy and avoid processed foods, why would you put chemicals on your skin?

You’d be mistaken if you think that all-natural cosmetics are beige, bland and smell like chamomile. The hippie days are over and organic, natural make up has become fun and flirty. Bellabox have released an all-natural beauty box for this month, containing six products with natural ingredients only. I have put them to the test and am more than impressed:

Organic Coffee Scrub:

This scrub is made from a mix of Australian roasted organic coffee grounds and recycled organic pod coffee, naturally evaporated organic sea salt, cold pressed organic virgin coconut oil and steam distilled organic peppermint essential oil. As a coffee lover, I can’t help but adore this product. There is nothing better than the smell of coffee and if I can use coffee to get rid of dry skin and promote skin renewal, that’s just a bonus!

Allurin Minerals Illuminiser:

If you love sparkly, glowing skin, you’ll love this Australian mineral illuminating powder. Its nude colour makes it perfect to use on your entire body; I prefer it on my legs rather than my face.

Jurlique Purely Age Defying Treatment Mask:

When it comes to face masks, I love the idea of all-natural ingredients as you never know what chemicals might do to your skin. This mask is a multi-benefit anti-ageing treatment with concentrated botanicals to help reduce the visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Well, I don’t have any wrinkles yet, but it sure felt good and left my skin smooth.

Milk Hand Quench:

I have tried many different hand creams throughout the years and I find that there are great differences between products. What I hate most about some hand creams is that they feel greasy – not the case with this natural one containing cocoa butter and sesame oil. Bergamot fruit oil soothes the senses with aromas of mint and citrus, whilst aiding in healing eczema and cracked skin. What an all-rounder!

Jane Iredale Lip and Cheek Stain:

This is my favourite product! The little orange lipstick feels like a light lip balm and at first seems transparent, but after a few minutes on your lips, it adapts to your lip colour and brings out the most natural looking pink-orange hue you can imagine. Perfect for the I-woke-up-like-this-look.

Natural Cycles:

A thermometer? Oh I see, it’s a fertility app! While this might not exactly be a beauty product, it sure is all-natural! The app lets you manage your fertility and is a great alternative for women who are sick of the side effects of the pill or similar contraceptives.

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I loved this month’s bellabox and couldn’t resist to ask beauty director Samantha Taylor a thing or two about the all-natural cosmetics trend.

Natural and organic products are very popular at the moment. What are the benefits of natural cosmetics?  

If you have allergies or sensitive skin, explore natural brands as they can help soothe the skin and prevent further irritation.

This is the second natural bellabox and the first one was quite the success; have you noticed that women are starting to care about what’s in their cosmetics more?  

We tend to do a natural box at least once a year as we know our members are keen to discover more natural brands. Consumers are becoming more aware of what they put on their face and body, so the demand for natural brands is increasing.

What is your favourite natural product and why?

I love a good facial oil, as they are packed with nourishing ingredients and are wonderful for keeping the skin hydrated.

It’s finally spring in Australia, what are the biggest make up trends of the season?  

A pop of colour on the lips, pastel eye shadow and graphic eyeliner.

September 19, 2015

Get The Look: Olivia Munn’s Glowing Bronze Makeup

We’re in love with celebrity makeup artist Katey Denno‘s bronze goddess makeup for Olivia Munn paired with a sexy golden smokey eye as seen at a recent TV appearance – one of our favourite beauty looks of the last few months. Like us, Katey loves natural and organic makeup, so here are some great green product recommendations.

Face

Katey started by applying La Bella Figura’s Rainforest Hydration Treatment and massaging into Olivia’s face and neck, then waited 20 minutes for it to absorb into the skin.

She then applied Vapour Organic Beauty’s Atmosphere Luminous Foundation Stick with a small foundation brush, setting it with a slightly damp beauty blender sponge.

Katey created that gorgeous luminosity by layering product, starting with RMS beauty (living luminizer) cream highlighter on areas of Olivia’s face that would reflect the most light in front of the paparazzi: the bridge of the nose, cheekbones and cupid’s bow.

To create those naturally glowing cheeks, she mixed two shades of Vapour cream cheek stick color in Torch and Courtesean  and swirled them around the apples of her cheeks.

She topped it with one of her favourite products, Dr. Hauschka powder bronzer, sweeping it over her skin with a large, fluffy, super soft powder brush. Katey’s brilliant tip when layering powder over cream is to make sure the cream product has set, so it doesn’t smear and create streaks.

To add definition, she used a small eyeshadow blender brush to blend Mauna Lao, from Alima Pure,  a matte brown bronzer, under the cheekbones.

Eyes

Katey used Kjaer Weis’ eyeshadows in ‘Charmed’ under her eye and over her lid, blending upwards to the brow for softness.

To create the golden smokey eye, she then used the same Dr. Hauschka’s matte bronzer in the crease and outer edge, using a fluffy eyeshadow blending brush.

She finished with lashings of CoverGirl Lash Blast in Very Black and a few individual fake lashes from Ardell.

Lips

Katey layered Olivia’s lips with Ilia’s Come Undone nude crayon, then Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss in Ocean Sunrise, and a sweep of Burt’s Bees Lip Shine in Wink to the middle of her bottom lip.

What do you think of Olivia Munn’s glowing makeup?

August 1, 2013

5 Things You Need To Know About Natural Cosmetics

With more and more women becoming conscious about the ingredients used in cosmetics, the demand for natural cosmetics is on the rise. There are more natural beauty products on the market than ever before. But are all natural and organic products the same, and are you getting what you expect when you buy a product labelled ‘natural’? We look at the truth behind natural cosmetics and which natural cosmetics brands we use everyday.

1. Natural cosmetics come in different categories

Yes, even when brands scream ‘natural’, the cosmetics may be widely divided as those containing some ingredients collected from nature; the all-natural products having every single ingredient sourced from nature; cosmetics made with organic ingredients (where ‘organic’ represents a standard of products); and cosmetics made with 100% organic ingredients. While we tend to believe that natural cosmetics will not have any chemical components, that’s definitely not always true.

2. Cosmetics and labels

There are no hard and fast rules so far as labelling cosmetics are concerned. So even if that lipstick contains a hint of strawberry flavour, it may be labelled as ‘natural’.  Different agencies around the world certify cosmetics as ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ based on different sets of criteria. So whether the organic cosmetic you bought contains 100% organic components can only be decided from an analysis of the ingredients.

3. Check to see what you’re actually getting with natural cosmetics

Concerned about parabens and SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate)? Plenty of ‘natural’ beauty brands and products still contain parabens and SLS  so don’t assume a product with the words ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ on the label is free of all those questionable ingredients. Also, check to see if your natural cosmetics contain fragrance – while you may love the smell of that lip gloss, fragrance in makeup is mostly always synthetic, even if it’s labelled as aromatherapy.

4. Natural cosmetic certifications

How do we know that cosmetics we buy are natural and chemical-free? A good way to know is to check for accreditation with noted certification agencies. In Australia, Australian Certified Organic is an agency that checks cosmetics and their ingredients with its world-leading certification scheme Cosmetics Organic and natural Standard, COSMOS.  Check with Australian Certified Organic to see if your natural cosmetics brand is everything they say they are.

5. Truth about mineral makeup

If you thought your expensive and branded mineral makeup is pure and natural, then you may be in for a surprise. While mineral beauty products include ingredients such as natural minerals, remember that minerals have been part of the cosmetics industry long before the ‘mineral makeup’ concept swept the market. Also most cosmetics include chemicals to increase their shelf life, and mineral makeup products are no exception. Mineral makeup products can also contain synthetic minerals which may cause irritation and allergic reactions. So before you reach for the latest mineral foundation or bronzer, do your research first.

Some of our favourite natural cosmetics brands include Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, Ere Perez and Organix. What are your favourite natural cosmetics brands? 

July 26, 2013