Weleda Almond Soothing Cleansing Lotion Review

Friday, January 29, 2016

I recently received a few products from Weleda to try out, and I must say I've been pleasantly surprised. I didn't know a great deal about the brand prior to this, and have found it to be considerably under-rated. 

A little bit about Weleda: 

"Weleda was founded by humanitarian and philosopher Rudolf Steiner in the 1920s. He also developed the principles of biodynamic farming and anthroposophical medicine, and today many of these principles are still used to create Weleda products. 

Weleda strives to source only the finest ingredients from biodynamic, organic and wild crafted suppliers. We don’t just buy organic ingredients on the open market, we work in partnership with growers to ensure we know where the ingredients are grown, what the soil is like, and how and when the plants are harvested, distilled or processed. It’s our attention to detail that ensures maximum vitality and potency of the ingredients in our products."

Weleda is also certified by NATRUE, which has the highest international criteria for natural and organic finished products, not just the ingredients, and sources only ethically, environmentally and socially responsible ingredients - making it one of the purest, safest brands available, in my opinion!

I was also pretty impressed by the detailed and useful information about their ingredients, processes and packaging on the FAQ page

I received a few products from the line - the Weleda Skin Food, Almond Soothing Facial Oil, Almond Sensitive Skin Body Lotion and the Almond Soothing Cleansing Lotion. I will be doing a separate review of each of these over the next few weeks!

My skin has always been finicky when it comes to cleansers - too often they burn or leave my skin feeling squeaky-clean and stripped bare. 

The Weleda Almond Soothing Cleansing Lotion has a rich, almost soft whipped cream-like consistency, and it feels cooling and soothing on the skin. 

The cleanser is also very light - something I've noticed with cream cleansers is that I can really feel the product on my skin. This barely feels like it is touching my skin, yet it removes all traces of make-up with very little effort! 

It leaves my skin feeling soft, fresh, hydrated, and supple. 
No burning, no stripped feeling. Just lovely plump skin!

For such a simple cleanser, it is probably one of the loveliest and best I've ever used.
I think it will definitely be replacing my current cleanser.

The ingredients are:

Water (Aqua), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Alcohol, Prunus Domestica Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid

You can purchase, or find out more about the Weleda range from Nourished Life, Beautiful Because or Weleda.

Have you tried Weleda? 
Any other goodies I should check out? 

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3+ Free & Non-Toxic Nail Polish: What You Need to Know

Thursday, January 21, 2016

I've said it before, and I'll say it again - organic nail polish does not exist. Due to the nature of the product (paint for your nails), it is impossible to create an organic nail colour - and if you want be truly safe, go naked.

However, when you purchase a 3, 5, 7+ Free Nail Polish, labelled "non-toxic", one generally assumes that it is simply that. Unfortunately, it isn't. 
Nearly every nail polish, commonly marketed or sold as non-toxic, still contains an ingredient (Benzophenone-1 or other variations, Oxybenzone) that has health concerns or links to cancer, endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity, irritation and eco-toxicity. Yikes.

I prefer to use water-based nail polish on a frequent basis, as I prefer to limit my (synthetic) chemical exposure as much as possible, but even then I don't wear it every week (your nails need to breathe, too) If you want something in a more traditional formula, that's completely fine (*updated - I recently discovered Sienna Byron Bay and will be reviewing them shortly!)

I honestly do not care if you want to use a product that contains certain ingredients - everyone has a right to use what they are comfortable with

However, I believe you have the right to be informed about what those ingredients are, and what effects they may have - not be fooled into believing that a 5 Free "non-toxic" nail polish is free of carcinogens or other toxic synthetic chemicals. 
In saying that, I have compiled a list of the most common brands found on your favourite green beauty websites, or marketed as "non-toxic", that contain this nasty ingredient.
Along with two of the best water-based nail polish brands, I have only found a small handful of "traditional" formula nail polish that is FREE of Benzophenone-1. Those brands and links where to buy can also be found below. 

Brands that DO contain Benzophenone-1

- 100% Pure
- Aila 
- Sheswai 

Brands that DON'T contain Benzophenone-1 

- Acquarella (WB) 
- Little Ondine (WB) - use discount code MJ10 on your order
- Sienna Byron Bay or shop US & Canada / Europe (updated* read my review, or shop with discount code megsyjane via SBB)
- Zoya*

If you feel I've missed a brand or would like to know about the current brand you are using, leave a comment below, on instagram or email me

Click to read more about Benzophenone-1, along with studies and references. 

*A note on RMS Beauty & 100% Pure: only their nail polishes are products that I would not use. Their cosmetics are otherwise as safe as you can get and RMS beauty is one of my favourite brands. 100% Pure created the nail polish to offer an alternative (10 free), but don't pretend that it IS toxin-free - the only product in the line that deviates from their "100% Pure" ethics. 

Zoya has confirmed their ingredient deck with me - their nail polish is B-1 Free, however, the Anchor Base Coat and Top Coat DO CONTAIN B-1. The Get Even Base Coat does notYou can see Beautiful Because (linked above) or email me for further details. 

I also did not find B-1 listed on Trust Fund Beauty's website, however, it was listed on several stockists. Trust Fund Beauty have confirmed that the ingredient deck listed on their website is the correct version (its free of B-1) Yay! 

there are many more 3+ free brands that contain this ingredient, but for relevance' (and space) sake I've only included those most commonly found among the green beauty community. 

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Multi-Tasking with Kjaer Weis

Saturday, January 16, 2016

I'm a lover of multi-use products, as they save on time, space, money (bonus!) and I can carry just 1 or 2 products for touch-ups on the go that will cover the entire look! 

If you're familiar with my blog or follow me on instagram, you'll know my all-time favourite multi-use product is RMS Beauty's Un Coverup
Concealer, foundation, eyeshadow, all-round skin-perfecting pot of wonder.

But, another trick I love (apart from skipping the eyeshadow and using foundation instead), is using your cream blush as a lip colour.

It's a little trick that not only saves time and extra products to carry around (especially handy when travelling or packing for a weekend away), but it also effortlessly pulls your whole look together.
Add a few layers of mascara and you're set! 

I prefer a fresh, pink flush of colour for my cheeks (I don't really wear neutral, peachy or tan shades, unless with a red lip), but this can sometimes be too pale for my lips - which are naturally very pigmented, so lighter, baby pinks don't look too great and I tend to feel a little washed-out. 

Enter: watermelon and rose hues. 
I particularly love ILIA Beauty's Multi-stick in At Last, which I ordered as a sample from Spirit Beauty Lounge (also available from Citrine Natural Skin).
It is a gorgeous mauve-rose hue with a beautiful dewy sheen that is perfect for both lips and cheeks. The colour can be applied sheer or built up. (note: the SBL swatch/photo is a much more accurate colour representation than shown on Citrine)

However, a colour I've really fallen in love with is the Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Lovely (or shop international). This is a colour that  believe will work for almost any skin tone - ranging from porcelain to deeply tanned or dark. The Kjaer Weis Cream Blushes are highly pigmented, so if you are fairer, apply sparingly to the cheeks with fingertips and then blend out with a brush. I built up the colour more deeply on my lips for a full pout. 
As these are cream blushes, the colour is a touch on the dry side for my lips, so I apply a clear balm or lip gloss over the top for a long-lasting stain. 

Look details - 
  Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation in Silken as concealer, foundation and eyeshadow 
RMS Beauty Tinted "Un" Powder in 0-1 all over (inc. eye lids) 
RMS Beauty Living Luminiser on cheek bones, brow bone, cupids bow & bridge of nose

Do you use your cream blushes as lip stains or multi-task with any of your other products?
Let me know below, or share your tips over on instagram.

Kelsey xx
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Girls should never be afraid to be smart. - Emma Watson

Friday, January 15, 2016

Girls should never be afraid to be smart.
- Emma Watson

The Benefits of Exfoliation

Monday, January 11, 2016

I've always been sensitive to most face scrubs - they always felt like I was grinding sand into my skin and doing nothing more than making it red and irritated. It never felt refreshed, and it never felt clean.

That was, until, I discovered the La Mav Jojoba Beads & Argan Oil Exfoliating Scrub (La Mav is also available from Beautiful Because or Nourished Life) It contains certified organic ingredients, including Aloe Vera (excellent for soothing and promoting healing), Rose Distillate, Jojoba Seed Oil, Calendula Oil & Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil, along with many other skin-loving ingredients.

La Mav is Australian made, cruelty free, certified organic (most products), and Australian Certified Toxic-Free - and, most importantly, the products perform. Exfoliating sloughs off dead skin, dirt and any other build-up (pollution, oils etc) from the skin, helping to cleanse pores and refine the skin's texture.

Another bonus - La Mav is quite an affordable organic skincare line!
The cleansers and scrubs aren't the only products from La Mav that I love.
(the Anti-Dark Circle & Ultra-Firm Eye Gel works wonders on tired eyes!)

The rich cream makes this exfoliater a gentle experience that I can use every night, although I still only exfoliate 6 nights a week. Since beginning regular exfoliation, my skin has become brighter, smoother, pores are diminished and the overall health of my skin has improved - something surely we all would like!

Another favourite of mine is the Gentle Purifying Mask & Exfoliating Cream by Australian Bush Flower Essences. The formula is also a rich cream that is very gentle, yet effective. You can purchase it online from ABFE, or it is also available from Health Food shops.

If you aren't already, find yourself a good, gentle exfoliating cream and add it into your daily skincare ritual.
Your skin will thank you.

Kelsey xx
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Organic Foundations 101

Sunday, January 03, 2016

With many different formulas and finishes to choose from, finding the right foundation can be a little overwhelming. Organic and green beauty has come a long way in the last five years, and today there are multiple brands and products to choose from.

First things first when selecting a foundation - coverage. 
Do you want light, medium or full?

The second step is deciding on your finish, to match your skin type. In the same way that you need to find a shade to match your skin, the finish should match your skin type.

If you have an oily skin type, you might want to opt for a matte finish, as often, your skin's natural oils, combined with the foundation, will create a dewy sheen as the day goes on. If you have more mature skin, you'll want to stay away from matte, powdery foundation as this type of finish can give an ageing affect. I personally prefer a dewy finish for all ages, as it looks most natural and youthful.

Once you've decided on your coverage and finish, you can then consider what formula you'd like - powder (loose or pressed), cream or liquid.

You might also want to consider your climate - my skin type is normal (neither oily nor dry), but the summer in my climate is very hot and quite humid, so really moisturising (most liquid) foundations don't hold up too well for me. Now, it's time to find your perfect foundation!

This is a curated list of my most recommended organic & natural foundations - for a full list of safe, natural and organic brands you can check out the Green Beauty Guide.

Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation 
Shop Australia / International

Finish Luminous Satin / Price $ / Coverage Light
Formula Mineral Powder / Recommended For Normal, Oily Skin Types

If you are like me, and usually hate mineral powders, then you'll probably love this. It is non-irritating and very lightweight - you'll feel like your wearing nothing but naked skin! Another fabulous thing about Alima Pure's Foundation is the price point - for a natural, non-toxic foundation it is very affordable. With 61 shades, there is a match for everyone. Tip: Using a cream foundation brush, you can mix your mineral powder foundation with your favourite facial oil to create your own custom cream or liquid foundation. You can have 2 in 1 without having to purchase anything extra!

Inika Liquid Mineral Foundation
Shop Australia

Finish Dewy / Price $$$ / Coverage Medium
Formula Liquid / Recommended For Dry, All Skin Types

Highly nourishing, this certified organic foundation can be applied with the finger tips for lightweight coverage, or with a cream foundation brush for fuller coverage. With ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil, this is perfect for dry skin types in need of extra TLC!

Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation
Shop Australia / International

Finish Satin / Price $$$ / Coverage Full (Buildable)
Formula Cream / Recommended For All Skin Types

With coverage that is buildable from sheer to full, and so blendable that you can simply use to spot-conceal and leave the rest of your skin bare, this foundation truly is one of the best. The initial purchase price is certainly at the top end of organic beauty, however, as the compacts are refillable, the replacement price is equal to, or less, that a lot of other organic foundations. This foundation is nourishing and sets to an almost powder-like feel.
Read my full review here.

RMS Beauty “Un” Coverup

Finish Dewy / Price $$ Coverage Light - Medium
Formula Cream Recommended For All Skin Types

This was one of my first green beauty purchases, and it was love at first sight. 
The creamy, nourishing formula melts into skin, leaving it dewy, blurring imperfections and correcting redness. If you don't have any sensitivities with coconut oil, this little pot of goodness is one of my must-haves. It is technically a concealer, but I also use it as a lightweight foundation, or I blend with the Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation for a dewy, full coverage finish. 
The small size makes it excellent for keeping in your handbag, but don't underestimate it - it will last you ages!

W3LL People Altruist Satin Mineral Foundation

Finish Velvet / Price $$ / Coverage Medium
Formula Mineral Powder Recommended For Oily, All Skin Types

The rich, velvet finish of this powder is excellent for those with particularly oily skin types, but it also suits normal - dry types. This is a medium coverage, non-irritating powder, although not quite as lightweight as the foundation by Alima Pure. Another great option, and perfect for creating your own custom cream or liquid foundation. 

Vapour Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation

Finish Dewy/Satin / Price $$$  / Coverage Light - Medium
Formula Liquid / Recommended For Dry, Normal Skin Types

This moisturising liquid foundation is best applied sparingly, and built up as needed for a light to medium coverage that blurs pores, corrects redness and creates a luminous glow. As this foundation consists of many organic oils, I don't recommend it for oily skin types, and suggest setting it with a powder for normal skin types or humid climates. It is very lightweight and feels very nourishing to the skin, and like the Alima Pure Foundation, has many different shades to choose from. 

Have you tried any of the above? What is your favourite foundation, or finish? 
RMS Beauty and Kjaer Weis would certainly have to be my favourites!
If you've got any questions, you can leave a comment below or shoot me an email.

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