Review: Ecotools Brushes

Mission: To find good quality, affordable make up brushes that perform and don’t irritate my sensitive skin.

Brand: Ecotools

Purchased From: my local Target store

Also available from Walgreens and Ulta.

Products Tried: Retractable Kabuki Brush and 6 piece Eye Brush set (both pictured above). And the Angled Eyeliner Brush.

Price: Retractable Kabuki: $7.99, 6 piece Eye Brush set: $8.49, Angled Eyeliner Brush: $5.29

(Wow! Really affordable. A lot cheaper than MAC brushes, or brushes from Alima Pure that look similar)

Materials: Retractable Kabuki: Recycled aluminum and cruelty free taklon bristles.

Eye Brushes: Bamboo, Recycled aluminum and cruelty free taklon bristles.

Eye Brush Case: Cotton and hemp blend.

My Thoughts:

I love these brushes! I purchased the 6 piece eye brush kit when I first started getting my mystery allergic reaction thinking that maybe I needed to replace my brushes. I was really impressed with them. First the little cotton and hemp case is awesome. It has elastic loops to hold your brushes in place, closes with velcro, and is the perfect size for a cosmetics bag or purse. Second, the bristles are so soft. I love that they don’t feel scratchy on my skin. This is because they are made with Taklon, which is a hypoallergenic polyester fiber. Way cool. Also, the bamboo handles are all labeled with the brush’s use, so the larger one says “blend,” the angled shadow says “crease,” and then there is “highlight,” “shade,” and “smudge.” This makes them pretty fool proof to use.

The next one I purchased was the angled eyeliner brush. I bought this one when I started to use liner shadows. It is a really precise brush. I have no complaints except that a mini version wasn’t included in the eye brush kit since this one has a long handle and won’t fit with the others.

My most recent purchase was the retractable kabuki and it may be my favorite. It looks so sleek and I love that it closes up so I can keep it free from dirt and contaminants that may be in the air or swirling around in my cosmetics bag. I also love that it is super soft and does a great job of blending my Alima Pure foundation flawlessly.

Finally, I continue to be blown away by the quality at this price point. These are just as good if not better than brushes that cost a lot more (Hello Bare Minerals).

So, have you tried Ecotools brushes? Do you use brushes to apply your makeup or other tools or your fingers? What brushes have you tried, and what did you like or not like?

Peace, love and all things gorgeous!

- the Clean, Green Beauty Machine

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Review: Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation, Bronzer and Blush

Mission: To find an all natural foundation, blush, and bronzer that doesn’t make my skin itchy and looks natural!

Brand: Alima Pure

Purchased From: the Alima Pure Web site

Also available from Spirit Beauty Lounge

Products Tried: Foundation,  Blush, Bronzer,

Price: Foundation - $22.00,  Blush - $17.00, Bronzer - $17.00, Samples of any of their products - $1.50

(It’s a little pricier than the Everyday Minerals, and closer to Bare Minerals in pricing, but it also doesn’t contain lauroyl lysine!)

Ingredients: Foundation: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947) Mica (CI 77019). May contain [+/-]: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

Bronzer: Mica (CI 77019), May contain [+/-]: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

Satin Matte Blush: Mica (CI 77019), May contain [+/-]: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

Luminous Shimmer Blush: Mica (CI 77019), May contain [+/-]: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

(Vegan and Cruelty-free!)

My Thoughts:

Foundation: I never thought I would find something to replace my MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation and Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, but I have found one product that replaces both! I am in LOVE with this foundation. It is the only mineral foundation I’ve ever tried that does not make my skin itchy at all, and looks completely natural. This stuff provides amazing coverage- covered all of my blemishes - and doesn’t look cakey or shiny. It feels completely weightless too. I’m not sure how they do it without adding anything to the mineral pigments, but this stuff has a creamier texture than any other mineral foundations I’ve tried. I tried this in the Cool 2 shade and it is a perfect match. With 60 shades available, and samples available for only $1.50, I think it would be pretty easy for anyone to find a good match for their skin tone.

Bronzer: Alima offers their bronzer in 5 different shades. I tried the lightest shade, Maracaibo (pictured below), and i have to say, hands down this is the best bronzer I’ve ever tried of any type. Looking at it in the container I thought it would be so light as to not even really show, but I was mistaken. This is the perfect bronzer for fair-skinned girls like myself. Some bronzers have made my skin look almost dirty or ruddy in the past, but this is just enough color. It is the perfect contour shade, and does not have a lot of shimmer so it looks really natural. Amazing!

Blush: Blush is available in Luminous Shimmer or Satin Matte. I tried the Satin Matte Blush in Desert Rose, and I really like it (pictured below on the left). The Desert Rose shade is described as a rich, neutral rose. I like that it is very buildable as in it goes on sheer, and you can apply more to get as saturated of a color as you like. This looks really natural. Some matte blushes can look sort of chalky, but this one goes on like a creamy, sheer wash of color. Lovely. I also tried the Luminous Shimmer Blush in Dahlia (pictured below on the right). It is described as a medium, neutral rose, and I would say it is the perfect shimmer counterpart to the Desert Rose. I like this blush for nighttime when I would want a little more shimmer. I also like that the shimmer in this is visible, but subtle. It doesn’t look like I swiped glitter all over my face. 

Overall:  I am really impressed with this company. The packaging may not be as practical as that of Everyday Minerals, but it is definitely attractive. I love the little bird logo on the lids. I’m a fan of birds in art, decor, and jewelry so this just seems too perfect. The foundation, blush and bronzer are all packaged in lovely sifter jars. They come in a really pretty embossed box made from recycled materials. I also love that my order arrived packaged with this cool paper equivalent of bubble wrap that kind of mystified me. It’s just a really cool eco-friendly way to package fragile items.

I also love the products just as much if not more than the packaging. All of my products wore really well (it all stayed on perfectly through my work out), and gave my face a flawless, natural finish.

Also, the shipping was super fast. My products arrived in only two days!

Have you tried Alima Pure? What other mineral make up brands have you used? What did you like or not like about them?

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This or That: Gabriel Cosmetics Mascara or Real Purity Mascara

Oh am I ever a mascara queen. I am the kind of girl who doesn’t dream of leaving the house without at least a quick swipe of mascara to liven up her eyes. Honestly, without my mascara, I feel a little bit like a zombie who just rolled out of bed. Thus, when I began to get the itchy eyelid rash, and the thought that mascara might be the culprit crossed my mind, I have to admit I freaked a little inside. Okay, so I freaked a lot inside. And then began the mission of finding a mascara that was as gentle as humanly possible but still gave my lashes color, volume and length without being clumpy or flaking. Granted, this is a lot to ask of even a conventional mascara, so I was skeptical that I would be able to find something I’d be happy with.

First, I landed on Tarte’s Eco-friendly Lash Hugger Mascara. I liked this well enough. For one, it was super easy to find. I have spotted it at Sephora, Ulta and Beauty Brands stores. I still would recommend this to people who don’t want to have to order mascara online, or don’t have a Whole Foods nearby. This mascara is definitely a good option, but it is also definitely not completely natural. (It contains Nylon-12 and Phenoxyethanol amongst other things. For more info, see the ingredient dictionary in the links page on the right of this blog).

In my quest to find a truly natural option I found a mascara by Gabriel Cosmetics and one by Real Purity.

First Up: Gabriel Cosmetics Mascara in Black

Price: $15.20

Purchased From:  my local Whole Foods Market

Also available through the Gabriel Cosmetics Web site


Deionized water, Carnauba wax, Panthenol, Stearic acid, Tocopherol acetate, Iron oxides, Ultramarines, Cellulose gum, Grapeseed Extract.

(Short list = good sign!)

My Thoughts:

I like that I can pick this up at Whole Foods and don’t have to go through the hassle of ordering it online,  First, however, the packaging on this is nothing special. Actually, I kind of think it’s hideous. The Gabriel Cosmetics logo is printed on the clear tube in gold metallic lettering. It makes it look somehow anachronistic - like something my grandma would have used.
As far as performance is concerned this is a decent mascara. It definitely colored my lashes, and was not clumpy at all. However, I don’t think it gave my lashes any volume. It may have lengthened them slightly. I liked the separation it gave my lashes, and also that it did not smudge under my eyes even through a workout.  Also, this did not seem irritating to my eyes at all. 

Next Up: Real Purity Mascara in Balck

Price: $14.50

(Slightly cheaper! hoorah!)

Purchased From: Natural Joy Beauty

Also available through the Real Purity Web site

Ingredients: Purified water, Beeswax, Vegetable glycerin, Candellila wax, Cellulose, Pure plant extracts (sage, ivy & grapeseed extract), & Iron oxides

(Short list again! And the ingredients are more natural.)

My Thoughts:

Again, with this one the packaging isn’t much to look at. This comes in a plain black tube with a green label with the ingredients listing on it. I actually prefer the simpler, solid black tube to that of the Gabriel Mascara. I had high expectations for this mascara as I’d read a lot about it being a good natural option.

In terms of performance, this mascara gave my lashes the color, length and volume I was looking for without being clumpy. It is definitely a thicker formula than the Gabriel, hence the volumizing effect. However, this definitely smudges if it gets humid, or if you sweat. I wore this to work out and when I looked in the mirror I had the raccoon effect. Not pretty. This also seemed to irritate my eyes slightly. I’m guessing it might be the ivy or sage extract causing that, and I’m not sure why those ingredients are necessary.

The Verdict: It’s a Toss-Up!

The Gabriel Cosmetics Mascara is easier to find and purchase, doesn’t smudge, and is less irritating. However, it is also slightly more expensive and doesn’t provide volume or much length.

The Real Purity Mascara is a little cheaper, has better packaging, and gives lashes length and volume. It also has the more purely natural ingredient list.  However, it has to be ordered online, and it smudges if it gets moist in a work out or humid weather. Plus, it was a little irritating.

Therefore, I say, it depends on what you need from your mascara as to which formula is the best bet. And the Tarte is always good in a pinch!

Have you guys tried either of these mascaras? If so, how did they work out for you? If not, would you be willing to try a more natural version of this beauty standard? What do you look for in a good mascara?

Peace, love and all things gorgeous!

- The Clean Green Beauty Machine


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Review: Sprout Wellness Face Cleanser

Mission: To find an all natural facial cleanser to replace my old favorite, Murad Energizing Pomegranate Foaming Cleanser.

Brand: Sprout Wellness

Purchased From: Sprout Wellness Web site

Price: $14.00 for a 2 oz. bottle or $26.00 for a 4 oz. bottle

Ingredients: Rosewater, vegetable glycerin, and tea tree oil

(woot! another short ingredient list!)

My Thoughts:

First of all, I love, love, LOVE the packaging. The frosted glass bottles are simply adorable. The only bad thing about them is that they don’t seem ideal for travel.  Second, this smells really floral and rose-like, which can be good or bad depending on if you’re a fan of that sort of thing. I’m not the biggest fan of florals, but I don’t really mind the smell. 

What I don’t like about this product is that it has to be applied onto your face with a cotton ball or cotton pad, which means one more thing to have to use and dispose. I’m a simple girl when it comes to my cleansing routine, and like to just lather, rinse and go. This also means that a good bit of the product gets absorbed into the cotton pad, which in turn means that you have to use more and the product does not last as long. For me, using the cotton pad also tends to make my sensitive skin red from the rubbing.

On the other hand, I could very plainly see that this was doing an excellent job at removing all of my make up when I looked at the cotton pad. I rubbed it all over my face including my eyelids, and rinsed with warm water as per the instructions. It removed every last bit of my make up, even the mascara! I also like that this contains tea tree oil which has antimicrobial properties that help fight acne. Rosewater is also supposed to be excellent for skin balancing, so it works well on oily or dry skin. So far, this is a decent alternative to my old cleanser, but I do wish it didn’t require the cotton pad. It also is a bit expensive. I feel like this bottle isn’t going to last very long (i purchased the 2 oz. size), but we shall see. I’ve been using it for about a week and have made a pretty good dent in it. It doesn’t seem to irritate my skin at all, so yay for that! In the meantime, I think I’m going to keep looking for something that I can just rub on with my fingers and rinse off, but if you’re looking for a really simple, truly natural cleanser that also works as a make up remover, this does a good job.

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Review: Badger Cocoa Butter Lip Balm

Mission: To find an all natural lip balm to replace my good old Nivea.

(I read somewhere that the average woman swallows 2-3 lbs of lipstick in her lifetime. yuck! Since I don’t really wear lipstick, I’m guessing my equivalent would be lip balm. In that case, I definitely don’t want to be ingesting cancer causing mystery ingredients.)

Brand: Badger

Purchased From: my local Ulta store (also available from the Badger Web site)

Product Name: Cocoa Butter Lip Balm in Vanilla Bean

Price: $5.00 for a 0.25 oz. tube

Ingredients: *Extra Virgin Olive Oil, *Cocoa Butter, *Golden Yellow Beeswax, *Castor Bean Oil, Extract of *Aloe Vera, and CO2 Extracts of Rosehip, *Seabuckthorn Berry, *Rosemary and *Vanilla

(*= Certified Organic)

My Thoughts:
First the stick is wider than most, which makes it a little awkward unless you have lips a la Angelina Jolie.  Second, this smells so YUMMY! I chose the vanilla because I am not the biggest fan of chocolate. Plus there are certain fruit extracts that I’m allergic to, and I figured I’d rather not risk it. This smells like vanilla buttercream or something cake-like. It doesn’t really have a flavor, but the taste isn’t bad - just kind of nonexistent. What I love about this is that it really is super moisturizing. It completely banished what was left of my winter chapped lips. It also went on really smoothly. It seemed to melt onto my lips. I hate lip balms that are too hard, which is what I tend to get with Burt’s Bees. I also like that it has a slightly glossy finish to it. I’m not a huge lip gloss or lipstick girl so the little bit of shine is just right. I also love that it’s all organic. This one is a winner!

Peace, love and all things gorgeous!

- The clean green beauty machine

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Brand Review: Everyday Minerals

Oh my God, I cannot say enough wonderful things about this brand. First, if you are looking for a foundation, this company makes it super easy to find the formula and shade that works best for you. One of the things that really impressed me about this brand is that they offer 4 different formulations of their foundations: Original Glo Base for a luminous finish, Semi-Matte Base for a moisturizing dewy finish, Matte Base for a shine free finish, and Intensive Base for extra moisture absorbing, full coverage. They also offer Try-Me Kits which include 5 sample size jars of base in the skin tone category of your choice: Ivory, Fair, Light, Medium, Olive, Tan or Mocha. Each kit has at least one base in each of the finishes so you can find, not only your shade, but the formula that works best for you. And, here is the best part, you can try one kit with every order FREE! Yay for free stuff! Each additional shade kit is only $5.00 so pretty reasonable.

Everyday Minerals also offers Trial or Travel sizes in almost all of their products excluding blush, so you can try everything out before you purchase full sizes. The other thing I love about this company is the packaging, which is pure genius! The bases and blushes come in sifter containers, but they all have a slide and lock mechanism under the lid to cover the sifter holes when you aren’t using your products. One of the things that really annoys me about mineral makeup is that the product spills all out in the jar when you toss it in your purse or make up bag, such that the next time you open it it goes everywhere. Mineral make up is typically really messy, but Everyday Minerals pretty much eliminates that. Also, the travel eyeshadows come in a rollerball container like roll on perfume or lipgloss. I LOVE this! No spillage! Plus, you can either roll it directly on your eyelids, directly on your brushes, or tap the container on a surface or your hand to empty out a little of the shadow. Brilliant!

I tried an assortment of products from Everyday Minerals including the Base sample kits in Ivory and Fair, Sheen Blush in Corner Office , Eye Shadow in Shopping Spree (pictured above), Wallaby, Queen Anne’s Lace, and Wildflowers, Eye Liner in Weeping Willow, and Lucent Face Powder in Wet Sand.

What’s also wonderful is that all of their mineral products are free from Bismuth Oxychloride, a common irritant in popular mineral make up lines such as Bare Minerals.

Everyday Minerals also offers a skin care line, but I have not tried any of those products.

So, to get down to business:

Mission: To find mineral make up products that blend easily, don’t look chalky, and don’t irritate my super sensitive skin.

Brand: Everyday Minerals

Purchased From: Everyday Minerals Web Site

Products Tried: Base, Blush, Eyeliner, Eyeshadow, and Lucent Face Powder (A luminizing, highlighting powder)

Price: Try-Me Base Kit: FREE!, Blush - $9.00, Eyeliner Sample - $2.50, Eyeshadow Travel Size - $4.50, Lucent Face Powder Sample - $2.50

(Wow! Super affordable. Compare that to Bare Minerals. I don’t honestly see how this company turns a profit with prices like that! Also, sample sizes are really generous. Additionally, shipping was less than $3.00!)

Ingredients: Base: Mica, Lauroyl Lysine, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines (Others vary slightly, but most products have these ingredients)

(Vegan and Cruelty-free!)

Final Thoughts:

Base: I really, really love this base. It was super blendable, and I was able to find a shade that seamlessly matches my skin tone - Sunkissed Fair. I really liked the Semi-Matte Finish. It was really dewy, and didn’t look super shiny. The Matte is nice too. I thought the Intensive was a bit too thick and chalky, and the Glo was too shiny. Plus, no itchies!

Blush: Blushes are available in Matte, Sheen, and Shimmer. I went for the middle and tried a Sheen finish. It is still pretty shiny so if you’re looking for something on the matte side I would definitely order a matte shade. This was also super pigmented. A little bit goes a long way. You have to be careful with this one or you could look really clown like. The Corner Office was a nice peachy-rose shade.

Eyeliner: These are loose liner shadows meant to be applied with an angle brush. I really liked the Weeping Willow shade- a deep indigo, purple. However, even applied wet, I had issues with this staying put.

Eyeshadow: I really loved the rollerball container. The Queen Anne’s Lace shade is a creamy pearlescent shade, but I found it to be chalkier than the others. I really loved the Shopping Spree shade= a unique plum color with iridescent emerald sparkles. It went on smoothly, stayed put and was super blendable. I think the lauroyl lysine in these formulas adds to their creaminess and blendability. These did, however, still make my eyelids red, but for someone who isn’t having an eye sensitivity I think these are wonderful options.

Lucent Face Powder: For a highlight powder, this didn’t seem to do much. It wasn’t nearly so wonderful as my old, not so natural favorite (MAC in Chez Chez Lamé). Another shade might be better.

Overall: Love this company for the brilliant packaging, super affordable prices, and wide range of shades and finishes in all product offerings.

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All About: Hydrosols!

My absolute favorite new beauty discovery has got to be lavender hydrosol. One of the symptoms of my sensitivity/allergy to something in my old beauty products was that my ears would get really red and hot to the touch. Sometimes this redness would spread to the edges of my face around my hairline, like an obnoxious red, hot frame around my face. Putting moisturizer on it seemed to just make it burn worse. I thought I was doomed to have this burning yucky feeling forever.

Then, I purchased this Lavender Hydrosol from Evan Healy, and I have never looked back.

As I spritzed this across my face, I literally watched the redness vanish before my eyes, and it also took the heat right out. Amazing!

So, what exactly is a hydrosol?

Hydrosols, sometimes referred to as floral waters, are the product of the steam distillation of herbs and plant matter. Sometimes this is a by product of the distillation process for making essential oils and sometimes the process is strictly intended for the production of hydrosols themselves. Essentially the herbs are distilled in boiling hot water for long periods of time which causes the plant cells to burst and release both the essential oils of the plant and water soluble components. The steam that rises condenses and is collected, and that is what we know as a hydrosol. The hydrosol contains small amounts of the essential oil components, as well as all of the other water soluble parts of the plant that are not in the essential oil itself.

Hydrosols can have many benefits, in that they are not as concentrated as essential oils and don’t need to be diluted. Lavender hydrosol in particular is gentle and soothing. It can serve as a toner to balance dry or oily skin, and also can heal skin irritation and sunburns. It has even been recommended as an addition to baby lotions because of it’s gentle, cooling nature.

The scent is quite different from lavender essential oil. To me, it does not smell as floral, and I prefer the sweeter, lighter scent of the hydrosol to the stronger scent of the essential oil.

I picked up this Hydrosol by Evan Healy at Whole Foods for $21.95 for a 4 oz. bottle, but there are many hydrosol retailers on the web if you are interested. This hydrosol is also available on Evan Healy’s Web site.

I also find that this works great as a setting spray for mineral make up, and I love a multi-tasking product.

For more information about various types of hydrosols and their individual uses and benefits, see this article.

Peace, love and all things gorgeous!

- The clean, green beauty machine

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This or That: Intelligent Nutrients Volumizing Spray or Shear Miracles Pump up the Volume Mousse

One of my favorite beauty products of all time used to be my Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam. I have a chin length, layered hair cut and it gave it just the right amount of bounce and volume without being crunchy (Who wants crunchy hair right?) However, since it was hair products that started my whole journey, it was one of the first to go. Yup, my allergist thought something in my hair products was contributing to my eyelid itch since it was mainly on my right eyelid, and I have side sweeping bangs that brush across that eye.

So, began my journey to try to find a volumizing product that could compete with my old Redken favorite, yet didn’t contain potentially incriminating ingredients. The two I came across were these: Intelligent Nutrients Volumizing Spray and Shear Miracles Pump Up the Volume Mousse. After 5 days of one and 5 days of the other, I’m ready to make my verdict.

First Up: Intelligent Nutrients Volumizing Spray

Intelligent Nutrients is an interesting company with a lot of buzz behind it since it was founded by the founder of AVEDA who left the company after it was sold to Lauder (yes, Estee Lauder). Thus, I had some high expectations for this one.

Price: $29.00 for 6.7 oz.

Purchased From:

(it qualified for my free 2 day shipping with Amazon student - yay free shipping!)

Also available through the Intelligent Nutrients Website

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Acacia Gum (Acacia Senegal) Extract (1), Alcohol Denatured (1, 3), Glycerin (1), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice (1), Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Nigella Sativa Seed Oil (Black Cumin, 1, 2), Cucurbita Pepo Seed Oil (Pumpkin, 1, 2), Rubus Idaeus Seed Oil (Red Raspberry, 1, 2), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil (Red Grape, 1, 2), Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil (Cranberry, 1, 2), Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Oil (Bitter Orange, 1), Elettaria Cardamomum (Cardamon) Seed Oil (Cardamom, 1), Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil (Mandarin Orange, 1), Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Oil (Matricaria, 1), Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender, 1), Vetiver (Vetiveria Zizanoides) Root Oil (Vetiver, 1), Cymbopogon Martini (Palma Rosa) Oil (Palmarosa, 1), Citrus Auranitium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil (Bergamot, 1), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil (Orange, 1), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil (Lemon, 1), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Peel Oil (Grapefruit, 1), Limonene (1, 4), Linalool (1, 4), Geraniol (1, 4), Citric Acid, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E) (Vitamin E)

(Wow! Long list, but it IS all natural and USDA Certified Organic.)

My Thoughts:
I’ve always been more of a fan of mousse volumizing products than sprays so I wasn’t sure how this was going to work out. I will say that I love the packaging which looks very modern. It also has a cool little flip out thing that plugs the sprayer when not in use to prevent leaks, so +1 for packaging and design.

When I first sprayed it, I noticed the nice, herbal/citrus scent. It smelled like an AVEDA product so bonus points for scent.

However, I’m not really sure this did anything for my hair. It didn’t make it worse, but I’m not sure that it actually added any volume. My hair is really fine and doesn’t hold much of anything well, so it might work better for someone with a thicker hair texture.

Next Up: Shear Miracles Pump Up the Volume Mousse
This brand was recommended to me through a friend online. They have pretty much every hair product you can imagine, and a wide variety of shampoos for different hair types that I’m looking to try.

Price: $18.00 for 8 oz.

(Definitely cheaper! + 1 for affordability)

Purchased From: Shear Miracles Web Site

Ingredients: Distilled water; certified organic aloe vera; organic non-GMO corn extract; vegetable glycerin; organic herbal extracts of: black currant, beet root, kham thai and blueberry; Vitamin A; natural plant sourced vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C; organic shea butter; organic oils of: avocado, olive, coconut, palm, jojoba; vegetable castor oil; grapeseed; apricot and evening primrose; organic African black soap; silk protein; extracts of organic peppermint, wild-crafted yucca; wild-crafted horsetail, organic nettle and organic melissa; certified organic plant source xanthan gum; vitamin E; organic essential oils of: rosemary and litsea cubeba

(The list looks shorter, but that may be because it doesn’t give both the common and trade name for each ingredient. Again, everything is natural!)

My Thoughts:

Yay! A natural mousse! I was really excited to try this product. I massaged a few pumps into my hair after towel drying, focusing on the roots as per the directions. The texture wasn’t as thick as most synthetic hair mousses. It was more like the texture of foaming hand soap, but I’ll take it. This one had an even better scent than the Intelligent Nutrients - very citrus-y and fresh smelling. Love!

Upon blow drying, my hair DID have more bounce and volume. It wasn’t as much as with my old Redken product, but it was noticeable. Hoorah! My friend uses this along with the Medium Hold Hairspray also from Shear Miracles and said she gets a lot of volume and hold from using the two together, so I may want to try that. I’ll update if I do.

The Verdict: Shear Miracles Pump Up the Volume for the win!

The Shear Miracles wins for being a mousse, great scent, affordability, and the fact that it actually makes my hair look noticeably bouncier and fuller.

I have heard good things about the Intelligent Nutrients though so this may work for someone who has a thicker hair texture, or who is more accustomed to using a spray product for volume.

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Debut Review: Bubble and Bee Face Cream

Mission: To find an all natural facial moisturizer to replace my beloved ex-best friend, Clinique Moisture Surge.

Brand: Bubble and Bee

Purchased From: Bubble and Bee Web site

Product Name: Certified Organic Face Cream for Women

Product Type: Facial Moisturizer

Price: $22.00 for a 2 oz. jar

(not bad!)

Ingredients: Organic shea butter, organic rosehip seed oil, vitamin E

(Wow! Only 3 ingredients!)

My Thoughts:

The first thing I noticed upon opening my little jar of face cream was the interesting scent. I guess shea butter smells kind of like actual butter, and that’s pretty much what the cream looked like too - like whipped butter. I almost wanted to lick it, but I restrained myself.

The consistency is definitely on the oily side so if you’re not used to natural moisturizers, be warned. What was strange to me was that the first few nights I used it (being on the oily side I restricted this to nighttime use) it seemed to just sit on my skin like an oily film. Gross, I know. However, by the second week of use it was as if my skin adjusted and it absorbed into my skin really quickly. I even began to use it as a day time moisturizer although I still think it functions best as a night cream.

Now, here is the best part: I’ve been using this cream for about 2 and a half weeks now, and my skin has not looked this good in my life! I kid you not. I have not a single pimple or blemish. I really can’t believe how well this cream has worked out for my skin. I’ve always had problem skin and was certain this would be way to thick and oily, and would clog my pores. Like I said, I have not had a problem.

The price isn’t bad either. 

So, if you’re looking for a good face cream, this might be a good bet.

Peace, love and all things gorgeous!

- the clean, green, beauty machine

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Understanding Ingredients ›

Navigating those ingredient labels and understanding what to avoid and why can be so overwhelming.

At least we do have resources out there to help us like this ingredient dictionary provided through Miessence, a manufacturer of organic beauty products.

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