Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Natural Makeup: Inika Foundation Light/Medium Trial Pack

My colleague ordered this Inika trial pack and kindly gave the remaining samples to me. I had heard of the brand before, but since it is Australian, Inika is not as mainstream as other natural makeup lines. 
A trial pack is $8 and comes with the following items pictured below. Because she ordered two sample packs, I tried both the beige and cream liquid foundations. 

My thoughts on the samples:
  • Certified Organic Pure Primer: I found it to work really well with my skin type (combination to oily). I think it also helped my makeup stay put all day. I would purchase this in a larger size.
  • Certified Organic Liquid Foundation: I loved the cream shade and found it to be perfect for my fair skin. The beige was just a tad too dark, but would be nice if I ever let my face get exposed to the sun this summer! I would purchase the cream foundation in the future. I actually felt like I had a nice glow wearing it, especially when paired with the primer. I had a few people comment on my skin too, which I thought was funny because I am my own worst critic. 
  • Loose Mineral Foundation: this was also quite nice. The unity shade was a good match for me. 

Swatches of the cream foundation on top and the beige on the bottom.

Inika Organics is cruelty free, vegan, organic, and boasts other wonderful certifications.

If you are looking for a beautiful foundation with the above criteria, I would definitely recommend this trial pack to see which shades and types of foundation work best for you.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Natural Makeup: Review of W3LL People Expressionist Mascara

I've been using natural beauty products for almost a year now and I thought it may be difficult to find a mascara I loved. I did some research via reading blogs and watching a few YouTube videos and it seemed like the W3LL People expressionist mascara was rated pretty highly. I got the opportunity to purchase it at 20% off during the Whole Foods natural beauty sale in the spring and jumped at the chance to see what the hype was all about.
 I purchased the pro black color.
 Before applying mascara.
 And after! I think it gives my eyes just the right amount of definition.
Compared to another brand I used, I found the W3LL People one does not give me raccoon eyes throughout the day, does not irritate my contact lenses, and give me great coverage, especially with a couple of coats of mascara.

W3LL People Expressionist Mascara:

  • $21.99 
  • Produced using sustainable energy, gluten-free, no-gmos, natural, EWG verified product
  • Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cera Alba (Beeswax)*,C10-18 Tryglycerides, Stearic Acid, Copernica Cerifera Cera / Copernicia Cerifera Cera (Canuba) Wax*, Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthum Gum, Cellulose, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil / Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil [+/-Cl 77891 Titanium Dioxide, Cl 77491 and Cl 77499 Iron Oxides, Cl 77007 Ultramarines, Cl 74570 Carmine] *Ingredient from Organic Farming
  • Since it is not vegan (contains beeswax), I sadly may not purchase it again.