I was over the moon when Catherine from Marie Veronique Organics sent me their Anti Aging Pack to review. I had been wanting to try their famous Moisturizing Face Screen for ages now (it is in the top 5 on the Environmental Working Group’s Sunscreen guide, and quite a cult item amongst sunscreen fanatics).
The more I learn about skin care and cosmetic chemistry, the more sceptical I get of many products on the market (with big claims, big price tags, celebrity spokespersons, and very very mediocre ingredients in negligible concentrations).
I’m thrilled to find that I absolutely love the Marie Veronique products I’ve tried, as well as their intelligent approach to skin care.
price: $170 US for the anti aging pack
I’ve found that what works best for my dehydrated skin is layering night time skin care. After my shower I like using a serum, then moisturiser, and then a treatment oil.
This is one of the best face treatment oils I’ve used, I’d say it might even be better than *GASP* Kosmea’s Rose Hip Oil (one of my favourite product ever). After massaging into my face, my skin feels really nourished and ‘plump’. The next morning I wake up with glowy perfect skin that I can’t stop touching.
This is a great blend of skin loving oils chosen for their nutrient profile, including my old favourites Jojoba and Rose Hip, as well as exotic oils like Argan, Sea Buckthorn, Black Raspberry and Meadowfoam.
Ingredients: Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba oil), Vitus viniferi (grapeseed oil, expeller-pressed), Limnanthes alba (meadowfoam seed oil), Prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel oil), Borago officinalis (borage oil), Argania spinosa (argan oil), emu oil, Rubus fruticosus (blackberry seed oil), Oenotherus biennis (evening primrose oil), Rosa rubignosa (rosehip seed oil), Sclerocarya birrea (marula oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rubus idaeus (black raspberry seed oil), Hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn oil), Calophyllum inophyllum (Tamanu oil), Vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry seed oil), Actinidia deliciosa (kiwi seed oil), Rosemary oleoresin, lecithin, lycopene, Euphasia superba (krill oil), Daucus carota (carrot seed) essential oil, Lavendula angustfolia (lavender) essential oil, Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum) essential oil, Rosa centifolia (rose absolute) essential oil, Citrus aurantium bigaradia (neroli) essential oil
One of the most highest rate sunscreens on the market in terms of UVA/UVB protection, photostability, and safety (no hormone disrupting chemical filters like Oxybenzone). It uses micronised (non-nano) zinc at an impressive 20.6%.
With such a heavy duty sunscreen, you would expect it to be thick, uncomfortable, and cosmetically unacceptable- but *cue parting clouds and angelic music* it is quite the opposite! It is light, spreads effortlessly, and has a matte finish. Yes, you heard right – a MATTE finish. No finishing powder needed to take away the ‘sunscreen shine’.
For dry skinned folks (like myself), you will need a moisturiser underneath because this product isn’t very emollient and can feel a bit chalky when used alone on top of dry skin.
Even though I got the ‘untinted’ version (they also have light tint and medium tint), it is beige in colour and gives me a small amount of coverage. Enough to even out my skin tone and cover up some redness- perfect for ‘no makeup’ days.
Active Ingredient: 20.6 % non-nano zinc oxide
Other ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green& white tea), non-nano zinc oxide, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba oil), Prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel oil), Limnanthes alba (meadowfoam seed oil), Helianthus annuus (sunflower oil), emu oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), vegetable glycerin, Elaesis guineensis (red palm oil), Rubus idaeus (red raspberry seed oil), lecithin, potassium sorbate, allantoin, Cosmocil CQ*, xanthan gum, mica, Hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn oil), Calodendrum Capense (yangu oil), Rosemary oleoresin, pearl powder, Daucus carota (carrot seed) essential oil, Cistus incanus (cistus) essential oil, Lonicera japonica (honeysuckle), Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum) essential oil, iron oxides, spirulina (medium tint only).
keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Apr 16th, 2011 in Reviews, Skincare, Sunscreen | 16045commentsSaturday+Skin+Care%3A+Marie+Veronique+anti+aging+kit2011-04-16+07%3A28%3A00myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D160
|Illamasqua lipstick Ignite packaging|
While I was tire kicking with a few bloggers at Mecca Sydney, I saw one of the MUAs walk past with a gorgeous vivid orange red lip and cornered her (with a crazed look in my eyes I’m sure) to ask what she had on her lips.
It was Illamasqua lipstick in Ignite. So off I went to the Sephora website and MADE IT MINE.
|Illamasqua lipstick Ignite|
|Illamasqua lipstick Ignite swatched on hand|
|pic taken from lovely Arianne from Glitter Geek’s orange lippy post|
|Lip swatch Korres Mango Lip Butter. No more Zombie Jen XD|
Polybutene, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydroxystearic Acid, Polyethylene, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Magnifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Mica, Aroma (Flavor), Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Oryza Sativa Cera (Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, Linalool, Limonene, Hydroxycitronellal, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 15850 (Red 6), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), CI 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake).
Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Apr 12th, 2011 in Lip balm, Petrolatum Detox, Reviews, Swatches | 1563commentsPetrolatum+Detox+chapter+3%3A+Korres+Mango+Lip+Butter2011-04-12+07%3A16%3A00myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D156
“No other primers work for you? Meet your new BFF: the Eyeshadow Helper! Formulated to withstand extreme heat, moisture and even the oiliest of eyelids, this primer is guaranteed to keep your eyeshadow on! In fact, it’s so potent our lab says you will need waterproof remover just to get it off.”
price: $17 US
It does suffer from the same issue with difficulty blending out mattes as the UDPP
– It does help eye shadow stay on all day
– prevents creasing
– intensifies colours
– applies silkily onto eye area.
– packaging in the pot means that you can easily get to the last bit of product (unlike UDPP where the last 20% or so can’t be reached by the wand)
– Can make certain matte eye shadows difficult to blend.
– product shrinks away from the container after a month.
price: $36.00 US
availability : http://www.skinqr.com/
If you’ve read any of my Sunscreen Lowdown posts you would understand I’m very particular about sunscreens- I look for something that has good UVA/UVB protection, is photostable, uses micronised titanium dioxide or micronised zinc oxide, does not use hormone disrupting chemical filters like Oxybenzone to inflate the SPF value, and is cosmetically elegant. phew.
A few weeks ago I received my SkinQR L’air du Soleil SPF 30 that I had purchased from their website, and I’ve been quite impressed with this product.
It ticks all the boxes above, and is one of the most pleasant sunscreens to wear that I have come across. It is a fairly light lotion (rather than being thick and greasy like many physical blocking sunscreens tend to be), leaves a natural looking satin finish on the skin, and feels feather-light on the face. Something I can definitely wear every day quite comfortably. I should say, however, that I have normal to dry skin, so I have no idea how this performs on oily skin types.
There is a slight white cast when first applied but this fades significantly after about 10mins and is virtually invisible, especially if you wear foundation on top.
It is a non-nano sunscreen.
My one reservation about this product is the lightening/brightening actives. On the one hand, the Asian girl in me loves the idea of a brightening product without adding an extra step in my regime, but on the other hand, I’m not so sure I want to be using these particular actives (Kojic and Ellagic acids) during the day because they can be photosensitizing. Perhaps at the concentrations in this product this isn’t an issue? *hopeful look*
Even though it has a pretty good UVA/UVB rating, there are certainly products that exceed this, for example my Key’s sunscreen is 14% zinc oxide. It is, however, a great balance between protection and wearability.
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Titanium Dioxide (Sunscreen)-10%, Zinc Oxide (Sunscreen)-2.5%. NON-NANO
Deionized Aqua (Water), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe), Ethylhexyl (Octyl) Palmitate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Glyceryl Monostearate (Plant Derived), Sclerotium Gum, Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Unsaponifiables, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Stabilized Vitamin C), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Lecithin, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Behenyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid (Plant Derived), Cetyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Polysorbate-60 (Plant Derived), Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Oil, Allantoin (Comfrey Root Derived), Tocopherol (Vitamin E/Antioxidant), Sodium Carbonate Hydroxide, Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp), Spirulina Maxima (Spirulina), Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) fruit extract, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Citrullus lanatus (Watermelon) fruit extract, Pumila Mill (Apple) fruit extract, Caviar Extract, Organic Argania spinosa (Argan) Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry Seed Oil), Co Q10, Lavandula Augustifolia (Lavender Essential Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Hyaluronic Acid, Helichrysum Italicum (Helichrysum Essential Oil), Organic Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Organic Cannabis Sativus (Hemp) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Euterpe Oleracea (Acai), Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Organic Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Xanthan Gum (Natural Thickener), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin.
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