Friday, March 25, 2016

100%Pure Luminous Primer Review

Hi Lovelies,


 A few of you wanted me to review this 100%Pure primer, so here I am putting my two cents on it.
I was using it for more than a month now, so I feel I gave it enough time to form my opinion on it, and truth to be told I am loving it! This is my first primer ever as I was against the primers for the longest time ever, my thinking was that the foundation should work perfectly on it's own, without the crutch of an additional product, that I am looking to simplify my make up routine, not add another step to it, that sort of thing. (another option I tried before was the Vapour Organics Stratus in 902, but it didn't work out for me in a way that it made my skin itch). But truth to be told that us ladies over 30 (shhh..) really DO need to add this step to our make up routine because as we get older make up does not last as long. I made up my mind after Sam (or was it Nic?) from a powerhouse that is Pixiwoo complaining about it, I think she is younger than me, and she uses conventional make up (which adheres to the skin much better) so I figured if her make up does not last, then so be it, primer it is, because I don't know about you, but I find that natural make up does not last on me, mineral powders tend to do a bit better, but I am lucky if I get more than four hours of wear with my cream or liquid foundations.
I have written about 100%Pure as a brand already, so let's skip the introduction to it, and let's get straight to the review, shall we?

The official blurb:
Light reflective pigments diffuse the look of lines and wrinkles and makes skin instantly appear more luminous, bright, healthy, and glowing. Infused with red wine resveratrol, vitamins and antioxidants to shield from free radical damage. For Whom For all (universal). For those desiring a luminous complexion and longer wearing makeup.
 I have to say I agree with it, my skin looks better with it, pores are minimised - I never used any product with silicones, but i imagine it feels/works similar, plus the skin really looks dewy! So if you are a fan of a dewy skin (I know I am) then this primer is for you. I have a very sensitive and reactive skin, and I had zero problems, no initial irritation, nor my skin broke out from it. For you ladies out there that have sensitive skin like me, do not be afraid of trying this product out. It retails for 31€ but if you find that too pricy, you can do what I do and wait for their deals that they have from time to time. More info on how I go on about it on my other blogpost - check my 100%Pure collection and overview.

The ingredients:
Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Juice) Leaf Extract*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Jojoba Esters (Wax), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Euphorbia Cerifera Cera (Candelilla Wax) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Organic Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Resveratrol, Silica, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Butter, Lonicera Caprifolium Flower and Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Mica * Certified Organic
I really like the ingredients apart from the Japanese Honeysuckle (although from a natural source, it still behaves like a paraben in your body wreaking havoc with your endocrine system, and that is my only problem with this brand! Well, one of two problems, actually. Make sure you don't overload yourself with too many parabens, natural or not) I also like the fact that it contains candelilla wax instead of beeswax, which makes it a vegan product.

The performance:
I is a white gel consistency product with a tiny gold shimmers through it. But don't let that scare you, it won't be noticeable on your face, you won't look like a glitter disco ball, the finish is very natural and it looks like you are glowing from within. The make up glides on very smoothly on, and it stays that way


The verdict:
Do I like and recommend this product? Yes and yes :) I have tried it with cream and liquid foundations, as well as mineral powder foundation, it works with all of them equally well, and I am so happy with it. Let me know your thoughts if you tried it already or plan to do so?
Psst, you can get it here.



So that is all for now. I wanted to take an opportunity to wish a Happy Easter to all of you my lovely readers :) 



Lots of Love,
Renata. 
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Update six or seven months later - this primer expired on me when it was half full, and I didn't get that much use out of it. For this reason I will be looking into other options when it comes to primers. i still think it is a great product, but be sure to use it daily or frequently to get your money's worth out of it.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Green Beauty Items Spotted in TKMaxx

Hi Lovelies,

Today I am coming at you with a short post (that is picture heavy of course) on what you can find in the beauty section in your local TKMaxx. This has been my secret weapon for years, and I I hope more of you will discover this great place to shop (and save a bit of money). This is especially great for people like me, when you have no Wholefoods or Detox Market or any place indeed where you can get anything your heart desires under one roof in your city and green beauty items in the regular stores are far and few in between (and for some reason the most expensive items from the brand).

I know not everyone is a fan of TKMaxx, as many people don't like the store in general, but even if it's you, you can still come in for a couple minutes to check the beauty section only, because let me tell you, whoever is doing the buying for the beauty section, gets two big thumbs up from me! Don't ask me how this works and why the items are often cheaper than everywhere else, but one thing for sure, they are not expired and there's nothing wrong with them, so don't be afraid and go for it.
I am including a ton of pictures of products I spotted on my last visit to the store this weekend, but things vary from store to store, so I cannot guarantee you will find the same stock all over Dublin, and these things are not a permanent stock either, so if in doubt, grab it while you can! Some things do reappear, but mostly they are one offs, and I had may cases where I would fall in love with something I got from TKMaxx, to never find it there ever again, and in some cases the products end up being too expensive to get online due to the high shipping costs and extra custom fees that I loathe so much. As always, there are plenty of "greenwashing" brands and products sitting next to the truly natural ones, so make sure to read the labels. If it has a long list of ingredients you can't understand nor pronounce - put it back. Look for minimal list with the purest possible ingredients.
So, what did I find in the shop? Lots of goodies from Zatik, Good Things, DrBronners, John Masters Organic, Absolis Patyka, Mama Mio, Organic Surge, Balance Me, Tisserand, Deep Steep, EO Essentials, Neom, Cowshed, Korres, Westlab products - all that you would possibly need- skincare, haircare (make up is more sparse, it is always full of Bare Minerals which I no longer use because of bismuth oxychloride, but I have spotted Burts Bees lipglosses and Ecotools brushes and lashes with their non-formaldehyde glue). Make up wise, I have spotted and/or bought PurMinerals, BellaPierre and Organic Wear by Physicians Formula before, but as I already mentioned things come and go so grab a bucked load of the good stuff while you see it, it certainly won't be there on your next visit!
You can also find some truly natural food items that are often organic in the food section, but that area is always very messy and you have to root around to find the good stuff. I saw some good ayurvedic teas, organic coffee and honey (this I could not pass) and coconut nectar, as well as organic lemon curd and coconut oil. They also have green cleaning products, but I do not touch that section with a barge pole since my dermatitis was trigered by Ecos liquid detergent bought there. 
Btw, sorry for the crappy pictures, not my usual style, but I couldn't arrange stuff in an artful displays (obv) and I decided not to touch/crop the pictures in order of them to remain the same size, but I still wanted to illustrate the blog post visually instead of just me talking here. So I hope you will excuse my pictures here.

So, my green beauties, on your marks, ready, steady, go!
Joking aside, have you ever bought anything in TKMaxx when it comes to green beauty? How did you like it? I hope more of you will give this shop a chance, because all of us benefit from it, if we buy it there, the shop will see it as a growing trend and will increase the choice, and more customers is always a good thing for the brands. A true win-win situation!

















*Update 09.05.16
My finds in Blandchardstown branch - dozens of clean beauty items, brands include Tisserand, SkinFood, Urbanveda, Gud, Revive, Balance Me, Korres, Soap & Scent, By Nature, Sukin, Bee Good, Lanoline (not a brand I am familliar with, but I think ingredients were good? I sspotted the whole Manuka line), organic rosehip oil RosehipPlus, also Yes To Carrots and Bare Minerals (I personally don't use the last two brands mentioned, did not suit me).







































*updated 26/06/16








As you can see, I also found Korean sheet masks, plenty of them, I know these are getting very popular here now, so I just wanted to mention them. I also saw too many organic food goodies to mention, and on the way out I saw vegan leather Mat & Nat handbags!
Verdict? Go visit your local TKMAxx :) Don't go, run!

So that is all for now.

Lots of love,
Renata.