Here are my Love Lula picks for August.
INDEMNE MISS ELLA LOTIONI find eye make-up remover a bit of a problem when it comes to natural products. Yes, I've used cleansing balms and they've done a good job but it bothers me getting all that black on my muslin which I just know won't come off in the wash (because I use natural washing liquids, and frankly, they're crap!). Micellar water is my go-to for eye make-up removal as I'm not a fan of oily removers but none of them have done a very good recently.
So I came across this on Love Lula. Indemne's products interest me as they are vegan and many of them are made for problem skin so I think I'll be dipping into this brand again. Now one of the things that really appealed to me about this lotion was I thought it was in a glass bottle. It arrived and it wasn't. Points knocked off for Indemne.
Onto the actual test. It removes heavy eye make-up exceptionally well and doesn't leave you with panda eyes in the morning like others micellars (I'm talking about you, Madara!). It is a bit odd in that if you put a lot on, it starts foaming up on your face and also the ingredients aren't the purest (note the parfum), but overall I'm really pleased with it and I'm enjoying using it. Now put it in a glass bottle please Indemne and we'll say no more about it.
Ingredients: AQUA, CAPRYLYL/CAPRYL GLUCOSIDE, ANTHEMIS NOBILIS FLOWER WATER, HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA BARK/LEAF/TWIG EXTRACT, GLYCERIN*, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, SWEET ALMOND OIL POLYGLYCERYL-6 ESTERS, SANTALUM AUSTROCALEDONICUM WOOD OIL, CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) PEEL OIL, ANTHEMIS NOBILIS FLOWER OIL, LAVANDULA HYBRIDA OIL, PARFUM, BENZYL ALCOHOL, DEHYDROACETIC ACID, LIMONENE, LINALOOL. *Vegetable origin
BE IN BLOSSOM OCEAN FLOWER SERUM
Be in Blossom are a German, vegan brand using organic ingredients. Their ocean flower serum is made from micro-algae, kelp and sea holly amongst other things. The small glass bottle comes in a ridiculously oversized cardboard box. I don't think there's any need for this, although I did re-purpose the fish design and some of the card to make greetings cards so not all was lost.And the verdict? A really nice serum. It sinks in so well after toner that you can use oil over it straight away. It leaves the skin feeling silky and firmed and it's suitable for all skins including blemished which is good as I'm just coming out of a run of horrible spots. I'm not hugely attracted to the smell, but it hasn't put me off using it because it's just too nice.
Ingredients: AQUA, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE*, ORBIGNYA OLEIFEIRA SEED OIL**, GLYCERIN*, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN*, MORINGA OLEIFERA SEED OIL**, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER*, ERYNGIUM MARITIMUM CALLUS CULTURE FILTRATE*, THEOBROMA GRANDIFLORUM SEED BUTTER**, ALGAE EXTRACT*, ASTAXANTHIN*, MAURITIA FLEXUOSA FRUIT OIL**, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE POWDER*, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS EXTRACT*, PARFUM**, SCLEROTIUM GUM*, TOCOPHEROL*, CAESALPINIA SPINOSA GUM**, ANHYDROXYLITOL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS SEED OIL*, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, OCTYLDODECANOL, XYLITYLGLUCOSIDE, CEREARYL GLYCOSIDE, SORBIC ACID, XYLITOL, OCTYLDODECYL XYLOSIDE, SALICYLIC ACID, SODIUM PHYTATE, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, ALCOHOL*, EVERNIA PRUNASTRI EXTRACT**, BENZYL ALCOHOL, BENZYL BENZOATE, BENZYL SALICYLATE, CITRAL, CITRONELLOL, EUGENOL, FARNESOL, GERANIOL, LIMONENE, LINALOOL / organic* wild habitat / faire trade**
My confession is that I haven't yet tried a natural eye primer as I am still using up a Too Faced one that I bought probably 18 months ago. I've also read bad reviews about all of the ones I've come across. However, since Benecos are now stocked on LL, I thought I would give their primer a try. I like Benecos's vegan products and wish they would stop using carmine in their lipsticks.
I was really pleasantly surprised. After a full day at work, there is only a hint of creasing. It performed much better than I thought it would. My one criticism is that the colour is too dark. When I take it up as far as my browbone, it looks like I'm wearing brown-gold eyeshadow. I always wear very pale eyeshadow there and it doesn't cover the colour of the primer. It's a handy shade on the lid and crease though as a base for darker or similar colours.
Ingredients: AQUA (WATER), SALVIA SCLAREA (CLARY) FLOWER/LEAF/STEM WATER*, GLYCERIN*, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, ISOSTEARIC ACID, MICA, SUCROSE PALMITATE, SILICA, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERYL STEARATE, OLEIC/LINOLEIC/ LINOLENIC POLYGLYCERIDES, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL*, POTASSIUM PALMITOYL HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, TOCOPHEROL, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL*, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), MAGNESIUM ALUMINUM SILICATE, XANTHAN GUM, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT*, CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77820 (SILVER)
RMS BEAUTY UN-POWDER
As I get through a lot of face powder, I've been trying a few different natural brands.This one's really different in that it has only two ingredients - mica and silica.
It comes in a sifter with a lovely powder puff. The powder doesn't fall easily through the holes so you don't get loads sitting in the lid when you shake it. It's a great colour for pasty people such as myself and it's supposed to be universal for all skin colours. I've applied it using both the puff and a brush and I have to say the coverage is really good. It's a lovely powder although you have to be careful not to overapply or it can look a bit chalky.
There's only one thing that stops me declaring this as the best natural powder I've ever used and that's the fact that it makes me cough while I'm applying it. Which worries me so I googled it. There wasn't a huge amount of data to be found as most articles dealt with cheap crap make-up containing talc but I found this one regarding mica. For now, in the absence of definitive data, I'll continue to use loose powder and be more careful about breathing it in.
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*As a member of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Programme, I choose products to review every month. This post also contains affiliate links.