In my “From Blogs to Shops” series, I highlight green beauty bloggers that venture into business and become entrepreneurs. My fellow green blogger and friend Emi, from Beauty by Green, launched her online shop Eminessences, which features an incredible and exciting variety of exotic brands that are hard to find for us in Europe. Today, I’ll be reviewing two products from her boutique.
The one that ignited a newfound love for this Canadian makeup brand. Fitglow is not available elsewhere in Europe, and ordering directly from the website is always a bit tricky due to higher shipping costs and custom fees. I’m not exactly a lipgloss person, because I feel like some of them are just too shiny or sticky for my liking. Koi, however, is nothing like that: a non-shimmery pink nude shade that is featherlight and buttery soft; it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing anything at all. No stickiness, no prominent scent (I had one that smelled like paint…awful), no excess glossiness, it’s all well-balanced. As you can see on the pic above, it coats the lips smoothly, without settling into fine lines. It’s so soft that I don’t even feel the need to apply lipbalm beforehand because it remains comfortable to wear. I like to wear it alone, but also on top of soft pink lipsticks to add more dimension and give the illusion of fuller lips. If you’re curious to see more pics of Koi, I’m also wearing it in my soft bronze makeup look on The Peridot Mag. Fitglow Beauty Good Glosses retail for 25 Eur, so they are more on the high-end spectrum of prices, but it’s the kind of product that once you use it, you won’t stop wearing. Not to forget that the formula is excellent: it’s enriched with botanical extracts full of antibacterial properties (Thyme, Goldenseal, Lavender) and emollient oils like castor, coconut, jojoba and sunflower for moisture. Cinnamon is also known as a natural lip plumper. All in all, Fitglow Koi is what I’d consider a crowdpleaser and I think it will manage to convert lipgloss scepticals (like me 😉 to wear lip gloss.
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis Castor ) Oil, * Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Cera Alba (Bees Wax), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax,Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter)*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , *Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), *Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, *Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, *Cinnamomum Zeylancum (Cinnamon) Bark Extract, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, *Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, *Hydrastis Canadensis (Golden Seal) Root Extract, *Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, *Citrus Grandis (Grape Fruit) Seed Extract May Contain : Titanium Dioxide(CI- 77891)Iron Oxides (Cl-77499), (CI-77491), (CI- 77492) Tumeric Powder Kaolin Mica 90% organic, gluten-free
Mahalo’s Vitality elixir is a golden-colored silky oil nested in Mahalo’s gorgeous signature bamboo packaging (with a pump oil dispenser). I’ve mentioned several times that Mahalo scents are distinctive and rather strong. I adore the scent of the Rare Indigo balm, yet I can’t exactly say the same about the Vitality elixir. It reminds me of Mahalo’s original balm. I don’t smell the floral notes, it’s more nutty, almost musky due to its high content in sea buckthorn, turmeric, tamanu and black cumin. I loved the latter in Odacité’s Pure Element serum because it works amazingly well for breakouts (reviewed here). Sea buckthorn is also not the most pleasant scent in itself, unless mixed with vanilla and other sweet notes. Usually, I like to inhale the scent of a serum or a face oil before applying it on my face, but Vitality’s too pronounced for me. I’m pretty sure that the scent will please other people though because everyone’s taste is different. Performance-wise, Mahalo’s Vitality will most likely federate, it packs a vitamin punch to say the least. Just like we use coffee to wake us up, Vitality does the same for the skin. Whenever my skin is lackluster and tired, I apply two drops of Mahalo for a skin massage and my face quickly regains some color, and I look like I just came back from a nice workout. The Mahalo elixir is made of 10 mighty ingredients combining anti-inflammatory and antioxidants properties. I believe it’s one of the best serums for oily skin since it tackles two issues at once: preventing skin inflammations and breakouts while also boosting the skin and helping to protect from environmental damages. For instance, I use Pai’s Zinc & Copaiba serum to inhibits breakouts, but it has no restorative and rejuvenating properties, it strictly tackles spots. For my oily skin, I’ve found it to be moisturizing enough, it’s quickly absorbed and non-greasy. Those with dry skin would have to verify if it’s rich enough for them, but I feel like mixing a few drops with a cream moisturizer will do the trick. Out of all the Mahalo products I’ve tried so far, The Rare Indigo balm is the Mahalo product I’d most likely repurchase (reviewed here) but the elixir comes second. The Vitality elixir retails for the price 105 Euros: this is an investment which is why I recommend getting a sample first, to ensure this is the right fit for you. The good thing is that a little goes a long way: two drops are enough to cover the whole face.
Ingredients: calophyllum inophyllum (polynesian tamanu) oil*, salvia hispanica (chia) seed oil*, aleurite moluccans (kukui) nut oil*, nigella sativa (black cumin)seed seed oil*, daucus carota (carrot) seed oil*, hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) oil*, curcuma longa (turmeric) extract*, helichrysum italicum (immortelle) flower oil*, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) flower oil*, ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10) *Clean ingredients: organic + local and/or wild harvested (when available).
Aside from Mahalo and FitGlow, Eminessences also stocks Herbivore Botanicals, Prim Botanicals, Mun, My Daughter Fragrance, Eco by Sonya, Treat, Rare Elements and Egyptian Magic. A lot of brands to look forward to <3
Have you ordered on Eminessences? Have you tried any of these brands?
*Products sent for review consideration, all opinions my own