Hynt Beauty Nocturne Mascara Review

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Mascaras are one of the trickiest things to make the switch over to in green beauty. I think it's such a personal thing, and different mascaras work differently on different faces. I know some who swear by certain brands, that were just "meh" for me, and vice versa. 

I have my favourite, but I'll never say no to trying something new. Hynt Beauty has finally launched in Australia, and I was very excited to try out their Nocturne Mascara.

If you're not familiar, Hynt Beauty is a beautiful natural cosmetic line from the USA (formerly known as Christopher Drummond Beauty).
Hynt was born through Co-Founder Meryl Marshall's need and passion to find makeup and skincare products that offered her the assurance and confidence that whatever she was putting on her skin was safe, non-irritable and carcinogen-free. Having recently conquered breast cancer, she took great care in educating herself on the product labels and on each of the ingredients formulated into her everyday beauty products. Quickly, her search for skin-healthy but still luxurious beauty essentials turned into an elusive hunt.
The entire line is free of anything: questioned or known to be harmful to the skin or to our environment. Hynt is FREE of Parabens, Nano Particles, Artificial Preservatives, Gluten, and all products are PETA-certified Vegan (except for the mascara, which is clearly identified).

As a matter of fact, their DUET Perfecting Concealer is probably the best I've ever tried.

Hynt Beauty Nocturne Mascara / Use code LIBERTYGREEN15 to save 15% off your order

This mascara is 100% natural & non-toxic, Cruelty Free but not vegan due to the beeswax. 
It claims to be a: multi-tasking true-black mascara that lengthens, curls, volumizes and lifts lashes to bring eyes center stage! 

Packaging: I love all of the Hynt Beauty packaging. Pink boxes, and gold and black tubes/containers for the product. It feels very glamorous, and has a vintage vibe. The mascara tube is longer than any of the others I have, which I quite like as it means the handle is also slightly longer. The brush is big and fluffy (a volumising brush) which applies easily. I also find the neck the perfect firmness - I don't have to worry about scraping off excess product before application.

My first impression when trying this mascara was WOW. The length it gives to my lashes is crazy.  It also does quite a good job at defining the eyelashes, and you can build the volume with multiple layers.

The texture is quite a soft, flexible feel. Some mascaras make my eyelashes feel stiff and crunchy, but they stay soft with the Nocturne Mascara. Because of the softness, it also make it easy to run a spoolie through my lashes to separate them or layer without it becoming heavy and clumpy. This does also make it great for that more feathery lash effect!

Some mascaras completely take any curl out of my eyelashes. The Hynt Beauty Mascara doesn't kill a curl (yay!!).

Application: I can apply this lightly if I just want to darken my lashes a touch, or go all-out with the length and build up the volume if I want a more dramatic look. To really build volume, apply a couple of coats, letting it dry for 30-45secs between each layer. It doesn't clump or become flaky with multiple layers. 

Wear: This mascara actually takes a bit of time to dry completely. Not long, but a few minutes. It's not overly "wet" or thin, it just seems to take time to "set" as in the colour won't transfer to your skin if you touch the lashes. I haven't had any issues with it running or flaking as yet. I did get a tiny bit of smudging under my eyes (just at the outer corners) when I wore it during a workout after having it on all day. It isn't waterproof, but so far I've been pretty pleased with how it wears. 

Removal: Removal is super easy. The majority of it actually comes off with just water and a gentle massage, but I always use an oil cleanser or at least cleanse twice if I'm wearing makeup. I don't find I ever have to break out the cotton pads and cotton buds after cleansing though, to remove any leftover bits. A cleanser gets it all off. 

Something else also worth mentioning is I haven't experienced any stinging from this mascara (when trying to remove or if I slip etc)

Overall & Discount

I really like this mascara. I love the effect it gives my eyelashes, and the fact that I can apply it lightly or more dramatically, depending on the look I'm after. I think it would suit most needs, but especially if you want length, it's amazing. My tip for length and volume is to actually mix your mascaras - choose one for length and another for volume. It gives better results! 

You can shop Hynt Beauty Nocturne Mascara and use code LIBERTYGREEN15 to save 15% off your order.

Kelsey xx
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Toss It Tuesday / Primers

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The main ingredient in most primers is silicone. It's the thing that gives your skin that silky feel, helps smooth uneven or rough texture, reduce the appearance of pores and texture on the skin. A lot of makeup products now days also contains silicone - pretty much anything that is very silky or easy to blend, silicone is your answer. 

Silicone itself isn't necessarily a harmful ingredient - there are clean, naturally derived options available. That said, the majority of the silicones used in beauty products do have harmful health and environmental effects, and many are a form of plastic rather than sourced from sand or quartz. 
Aside from silicones, most primers contain an array of other ingredients, each with their own list of adverse effects. 

This is what you'll find in most primers, from brands including Hourglass Cosmetics, Too Faced, Benefit, Bobbi Brown, NARS, Urban Decay and Yves Saint Laurent. 


BHT, also called Butylated hydroxytoluene, is another preservative. This chemical is an endocrine disruptor, classified as expected to be toxic or harmful and some studies have shown it to be a carcinogen. It is toluene based which is another ingredient with carcinogen concerns, developmental concerns, organ system toxicity, irritation and more. 

Because there lies a significant amount of conflicting research regarding the carcinogenic effects of BHT, it remains a controversial ingredient around the world. The US has banned it from being used in baby food because of its potential association with hyperactivity in children. It's also banned from food in Japan. When it comes to cosmetics, however, it is generally regarded as safe to use in low concentrations ranging from .01-.1%.

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone and/or Dimethicone Crosspolymer 

Cyclopentasiloxane (cyclomethicone) is a silicon-based cyclic compound; may be associated with environmental toxicity. It's a synthetic silicone, has shown endocrine (hormone) disruption in moderate doses in animal studies and is non-biodegradable, suspected to be bioaccumulative and is a suspected environmental toxin. 

Dimethicone (also called polymethylsiloxane) is a silicon-based polymer used as a lubricant and conditioning agent. It can be naturally derived, but is more often than not from a synthetic source. Dimethicone is classified as expected to be toxic or harmful to the organ system. It is also non-biodegradable, bioaccumulative and is a suspected environmental toxin. 

The other issues with silicone concern the skin. Some people can wear it with no issues, whilst for others, it can lead to clogged pores and acne. This is due to the fact that silicone covers the skin a bit like plastic wrap - preventing the skin from being able to function as it normally would, preventing anything from getting in or out. 


Synthetic fragrances can contain up to 3000 different synthetic chemicals, many of which have been proven to cause endocrine disruption, whilst many others contain formaldehyde or formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen. Synthetic fragrance can also cause or aggravate respiratory disorders, cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and contact dermatitis. 


A common cosmetic preservative. Phenoxyethanol is becoming more prevalent since consumers are looking for "Paraben Free" products. It's also quite a common preservative for many more natural or green beauty products. Phenoxyethanol is an endocrine (hormone) disruptor. Linked to skin irritation, contact dermatitis, also linked to adverse brain and nervous system effects in animal studies.

Tetrasodium EDTA

A "penetration enhancer", Tetrasodium EDTA allows other ingredients in a product to be more easily absorbed into the body. This ingredient is also classified as expected to be toxic or harmful to the organ system. It is also made from Formaldehyde. 

My favourite 100% natural, non-toxic and organic primers are listed below, along with links to purchase + discount codes.

Hynt Beauty SPF30 Primer 
Best For: All Skin Types
Use code libertygreen15 to save 15% off in AU

With a mineral SPF30, this primer doubles as sun protection and can be worn alone or under makeup. It moisturises the skin, providing a smooth, light base perfect for makeup. I also love to mix this with the Hynt Beauty DUET Concealer to create a custom liquid foundation with SPF. 

Alima Pure Primer Powder
Best For: Oily Skin
Use code libertygreen to save 10% off in AU

The Alima Pure Balancing Primer Powder is designed for oily skin, to be worn underneath a pressed or loose powder foundation. Silky and light, it helps absorb excess oil, helping to keep your complexion shine-free and ensure your makeup lasts.

La Mav Organic Bio Active Primer
Best For: Rough, Uneven Texture, All Skin Types
Use code libertygreen to save 10% off your first order in AU

This primer has quickly become my all-time favourite. It is infused with Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate, plump and protect the skin. It moisturises and smoothes the skin to perfection - even if the skin has rough or uneven texture. 2-3 pumps is sufficient, and it absorbs quickly without leaving the skin feeling overly moisturised. I've even taken to massaging a small amount into my lips - it plumps and smoothes them out beautifully, perfectly prepped for lipstick or just a touch of lip balm. 

Vapour Beauty Stratus Soft Focus Skin Perfector
Best For: Normal + Dry Skin
Use code libertygreen in AU to save 10% off

This primer moisturises, blurs pores and imperfections, balances redness or sallow skin (depending on the shade you choose) and leaves skin soft and silky, perfect for drier or thicker foundations (such as a powder, or dry or thick cream foundation). I also love wearing this alone, to give the skin a luminous glow and satin finish. If your skin doesn't have a lot of texture you need help with, or dryness is a bigger concern, the Vapour primer is my recommendation. 

Inika Organic Pure Primer
Best For: Normal + Dry Skin
Use code libertygreen in AU to save 10% off your first order

The Inika Organic Pure Primer creates an even base for foundation and improves the staying power of your makeup. The Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera, Coconut and Jojoba Oils plumps and hydrates the skin for smooth, supple skin. Perfect for normal - dry skin!

La Mav Organic Wrinkle-Defence & Skin-Brightening Day Fluid
Best For: Oily Skin 
Use code libertygreen in AU to save 10% off your first order

Whilst not technically a primer, I wanted to mention this product as it's great under makeup - especially for those with oily skin that have difficulty with makeup doing a slide! It's a super lightweight serum that mattifies the skin and with continued use, it helps prevent the visible signs of ageing, fine lines, and wrinkles. I actually use this on my forehead in summer, as in the tropical QLD heat that is where I get oily. 

If you have trouble with your makeup staying put because your skin is oily, I highly recommend giving this serum a go. It mattifies without drying out the skin, and actually helps to hydrate and balance the skin. 

Kelsey xx
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Brrr Beauty - Transitioning your hair & skin into the cooler weather

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Surviving the cold winter months without your skin drying out, or your hair turning to frizz from all the heating and dry weather can seem an impossible feat at times. Eve from Eve Organics shares her tried-and-tested methods below to transitioning into the cold winter weather.

If you'd like to see more from Eve and other guest authors, you can find those posts here.

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The cooler months are definitely setting in here in Australia – and is it just me, or did the weather get cold all of a sudden?! It seemed to creep up without warning this year.

Sudden changes in temperature like these can wreak havoc on our hair and skin – but there are things you can do to ease the transition. Here are my top tips for easing your body into the woolly weather!

1. Oil up!

Our skin, particularly the skin on our face, can get particularly dry in winter – and there’s a reason for this. There is less moisture in the air when the weather is colder, and our hands and faces are the parts of our bodies that are exposed the most during the colder months.

You can prepare for this by upping your moisturising routine, particularly at night. If you’re not a fan of oils or serums during the day (some people find them too greasy or don’t like to switch up their daily moisturiser because it fits in with their makeup routine), consider keeping a moisture-rich serum next to your bed and applying it before you go to sleep.

2. Get your sunshine in capsule-form

One of the best things about living in a warm climate like Australia is that there’s no shortage of vitamin D. While it is important to be sun-safe, it’s also important to make sure you work some sun exposure into your days to top up your vitamin D levels. This can be a challenge in winter, so consider adding a vitamin D supplement to your health & wellness routine. Vitamin D deficiency causes a plethora of issues, both inside and out (for example, it’s one of the leading causes of dandruff.) Keep your skin, hair and body healthy by making sure you get enough of this all-important vitamin year-round.

3. Boost your circulation

Have you ever noticed that the skin on your body tends to become ‘flaky’ and lose tone in winter? This is for a few reasons – firstly, it’s not seeing the sun (or getting fresh air) nearly as much as it does in the summer – but we also tend to cover our legs and arms with tight clothing; which can restrict circulation and cause a number of secondary issues, both inside and out (think lower energy levels and cellulite). Not good news!

To help your body’s natural detoxification process and encourage healthy circulation, make a habit of dry body brushing every day. It has a huge number of benefits (read more about them here!) and is such a quick and easy thing to do. My favourite body brush (and the one I use) is this one by Eco Max.

4. Keep your summer glow

Few things look healthier and can accentuate your features more than a (safe) golden tan. Get your glow on naturally with Eco Tan’s Firming Cacao Mousse. It contains coffee extract to help boost circulation and orange peel to combat cellulite – so it’s a win-win!

Kelsey xx
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