Mario Badescu drying lotion
A fast-acting spot treatment, formulated with salicylic acid, Calamine and Camphor among the ingredients. Mario Badescu incorporates natural elements into his line, and I’ve read numerous positive reviews about this line. However, as you can see in the ingredient list, it contains talc. Some talc contain asbestos, a potentially harmful substance. Unless Mario Badescu specifies it’s asbestos-free, I know some prefer to avoid talc in beauty products.
Ingredients: Isopropyl Alcohol, Aqua, Calamine, Camphor,Sulfur,Resorcinol, Salicylic Acid, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Talc, Glycerin
The alternative: Indie Lee’s blemish lotion
Indie’s Lee’s blemish lotion treats acne and blemishes, and it has been my spot atomizer of choice for the pesky blemishes. Read my full review (here). It’s a dominating piece in my spot-attack arsenal. Both lotions look strikingly similar, color – and ingredient wise. Among the common ingredients, there’s Zinc Oxide, Isopropyl alcohol, Camphor, all of which contribute in drying blemishes. However, the noticeable difference is that Indie lee’s lotion is talc free.
Price : 26$ (bottle will last ages)
Ingredients: Purified Water, Isopropyl Alcohol, Colloidal Sulfur, Zinc Oxide, Salicylic Acid, Magnesium, Aluminum Silicate (Clay), Camphor, Iron Oxide
Anastasia beverly hills dipbrow pommade
I don’t think an introduction is needed, Anastasia’s extensive brow products line is extremely popular in the mainstream beauty industry and her brow pencils are among the best-selling beauty products. The brow pommade is praised on Cult beauty, it’s a smudge-free and waterproof cream that fills in your brows neatly. My main concern is that there’s still paraben in the ingredient list. I steer clear of parabens.
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Silica, Polyethylene, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Ozokerite/Synthetic Wax, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Mica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propylparaben, May Contain/Peut Contenir: (+/-) Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).
Paraben-free, it’s a lightweight and smudge-free coloring wax. I’m very intrigued by this product, and while I have thick dark brows (think Angry Birds lol) I could use something to fill in the end of the brow arch. There are currently 4 shades available, and the one that seems more fitting for me is actually named “Liz”. What a great coincidence ;)Price: 26$
Ingredients: neopentyl glycol diheptamate, silica, cetyl acetate, acetylated lanolin oil, ceresin, polyethylene cera microcristallina (microcrystalline wax), nylon-12, cetyl recinolente, dimethicone, natural fragrance, tocopherol (vitamin e). May Contain (+/): Iron Oxides (CI77491/77492/CI77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891).
Yves Saint Laurent Touche éclat under eye concealer
You can always recognize YSL makeup counter at Sephora by its gorgeous display. All the products are beautifully packaged, and I salute the idea of a concealer pen. So much more convenient. I’ll be brief by saying the main reason I can’t purchase it, is because it still contains parabens.
Ingredients: Water, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Talc, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Peg/ Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Trideceth-3, Methicone, Methylparaben, Squalane. [+/- May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77019 (Mica), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxide), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxide), Ci 77007 (Ultramarines), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide), Ci 77742 (Manganese Violet), Ci 75470 (Carmine),”NF8897″]
AnneMarie Borlind Natural Liquid Concealer:
Jane Iredale Active Light
Under-Eye Concealer is a concealer and brightener in one. Ingredients such as cucumber, white tea
extract will calm tired eyes and reduce puffiness, while avocado and sunflower oil hydrate the eye area. Six shades are currently available
African Botanics Marula Shimmering Gold Oil
Pure luxe, the Marula shimmering gold oil can be used on face, body and hair. It packs a vitamin punch to say the least. Infused with exotic ingredients such as African Marula,
Moringa, Baobab and Kalahari Melon seed oils. Add to that an aromatic cocktail composed of Gardenia and macerated Magnolia, Neroli and
Vanilla Bean. This product is quickly sold out, which I guess is a testament of how gorgeous that product is.
Ingredients: Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Ether, Isostearyl Isostearate, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil**, Silica, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Kalahari Melon) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Tocopherol, Mica, Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Essential Oil, Gardenia Jasminoides (Gardenia) Oil, Magnolia Fargesii (Magnolia) Oil, Vanilla Bean (Vanilla planifolia) Essential Oil, Citral*, Citronellol*, Farnesol*, Geraniol*, Hexyl Cinnamal*, Hydroxycitronellal*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Iron Oxides. May Contain ± [Ci 77019, Ci 77891, Ci99491].*Consists of a 100% natural blend of essential oil constituents/isolates. **Certified Organic. 100% Vegan.
Elemental Herbology Gold Shimmer Body oil
I spotted this one during Christmas on Naturisimo. Not sure if it’s still available on the website. It’s a special shimmering edition of their best selling body repair oil. A gorgeous blend of argan, sweet almond, macadamia and rosa mosqueta oil, scented with frangipani, jasmine and mandarin. Does sound lush, doesn’t it?
Price: £24 (original price £34) 100ml
Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Vitex Agnus Castus (Chasteberry) Fruit Extract*, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil*, Mica*, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil*, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil*, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil*, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin) Peel Oil*, Plumeria Rubra (Frangipani) Flower Oil*, Jasminum Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Oil*, Tocopherol*, Eugenol**, Geraniol**, Benzyl Salicylate**, Linalool**, Limonene**, Benzyl Alcohol**, Benzyl Benzoate**, CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron oxides).