A new shop in San Jose

Friday, July 23, 2010

The image says it all! If you’re in the area, I’d definitely recommend checking it out ;) As I’m sure you all know by now, I just adore what I’ve tried from the line so far. If you do go, don’t forget to check out their gift sets, which are oh-so-cute!

(Not in the area? No biggie! This week’s online special is a seven-piece Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize kit for just $55 including shipping, and the sets are always available on the site. Seeing as the kit’s name is basically my mantra, and that the pieces are worth $122 in total sold separately, I’d say it’s a pretty good buy! Yah, it’s on the pricey side, but you get a ton of product for the cost.)

Congrats on the new shop, 100% Pure!

100% Pure has you covered, even if you don’t want a tint.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

(In case you missed it — the title is in reference to my rave for another 100% Pure product, their lovely tinted moisturizer! Check out the review here.)

What it is: 100% Pure Pomegranate Antioxidant Hydration SPF 20

A bit about it: Pom (did you really expect me to write out that gigantor name throughout the review?) is a paraben-free, silicone-free facial moisturizer with a decent physical sunscreen added to it. Sure, it’s not perfect (I wish I could wear at least SPF 30 on a daily basis!) but it’ll do the job — it’s definitely better than nothing, and finding ‘cone-free products with SPF isn’t exactly a walk in the park. She runs at $26 a pop, which I find to be a bit high, and contains a mere 60g (2oz of product.)

What I loved: I’m fairly certain the only words that can describe this product are “lovely,” “wonderful,” and “godly.” Honestly, Pom is amazing, moisturizing (more than Olay Complete, less than Nivea,) and sinking in quickly and thoroughly. No shiny residue, sticky mess, or awful sunscreen-y (or any) scent here! 

Thought this review needed another image. Didn’t have one. So, here is one from Getty Images. 
What drama, captured by the lens! What emotion! (This is code for “I bet that pomegranate is one huge bee-eye-tee-see-aych.)

What I loved a little less: While I love the heavy weight of glass, I don’t see anything here that I find particularly aesthetically appealing — sure, there’s a certain rustic charm to the simple packaging, but I want my bells and whistles! *pounds on table with fists* I would have been okay with it, save for one large flaw: Pom’s packaging is heavy! Very much not travel-friendly, or even transport-friendly… or possibly even pick-up-and-use friendly, if you tend to drop things in the morning. 

You know. It’s not like that doesn’t completely characterize yours truly.

The ingredients:

Active Ingredients: 15% Titanium Dioxide,10% Zinc
InActive Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Juice) Leaf, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Organic Camelia Sinensis Leaf (White Tea) Extract, Extracts of Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Origanum Vulgar (Oregano),Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme), Citrus Grandis Seed (Grapefruit Seed), Origanum Vulgare Leaf (Goldenseal) and Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark (Cinnamon)

The verdict? For this one, I’m torn. On one hand I am a HUGE fan of the product... but on the other, I really quite dislike both the packaging and price. Will I rebuy? It’s very, very likely, unless by some freak accident I manage to find something equally as “pure” (i.e. free of ‘cones and so forth.) But will I be happy about doing so? As with the 100% Pure tinted moisturizer… no, not really. However, because I’m so in love with the formula, I can definitely see it as something I’d save up to re-buy.

(Yes, even if that meant no more new eyeshadow for two months.)

Buy it if:

  • You’re looking for an amazing, light, smooth, paraben- and silicone-free facial moisturizer with SPF, and you can justify it

    • (a) because of that sugar daddy massive savings account I’m *sure* you all have, or
    • (b) because, like me, you’re off ‘cones and it is damned hard to find a good moisturizer without them!

Skip it if:

  • You don’t like the sound of $26 (USD) for just 60g of product. I mean, okay, so you don’t need a ton each time — but you’ll still run through it quite quickly.

Availability: 100% Pure, BeautyIntuition, or perhaps even a local shop! (Try the organic stores and beauty boutiques.)

A tinted moisturiser that’s 100% Pure perfection

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Warning: Please brace yourselves for straight-on photographs of (eek!) my skin without a blur brush. Note that seventeen hours of photo retouching have gone into these photos to remove my beard, plump up my lips and cheeks, push forward my receding hairline, and shave down my jawline.

(But on a more serious note — the lesson here is “click images to enlarge if you care to see my skin at an uncomfortably close distance!”)

What it is: 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer, SPF 20

Why it’s awesome: Oh my god I could go on forever about this. For starters, it’s silicone-free, pretty much scent-free, and chemical-sunscreen-free. Then they have to go and make it even more epic by giving it amazing, beautiful, easy-to-use packaging. Seriously, it’s gorgeous! I’m definitely guilty of leaving it out on my vanity, just to look at it. (A sidenote on the packaging: it’s not just pretty, but it works well too. I never pump out too much product, and the packaging is made so that you can’t contaminate the product inside.) 

A bit more about it: As promised, this tinted moisturizer gives easy sheer-to-medium coverage. I’d compare it to one layer of MUFE Face and Body foundation — the finish looks completely natural (you can’t even tell it’s there in macro shots, which is eeeempressive!) and it covers up mild discolouration to give that porcelain-smooth finish, leaving things like freckles (or acne scars, boo) visible. It doesn’t feel any different from moisturizer, even though the day. 

Don’t give me that look; I know you know some foundations end up feeling heavy, sticky, and all-around gross. It’s a sad truth, but it’s the truth all the same.

Bare skin. (Wearing eye makeup and a touch of lipstick, obviously!)

The downside: Unfortunately, this amazing amazingness (I know, we have quite a way with words) will cost you a pretty penny. She’s $32US for just 1.8oz, which is comparable to most of the tinted moisturizers in Sephora — but way more expensive than most mid-range or drugstore products! My advice is actually to get on the 100% Pure mailing list* and wait for a special if you can’t stomach the price — it’s in their Fruit Pigments kit right now, but I’ve seen it in one or two other limited-edition sets over the past month!
         *As long as I don’t forget, I’ll let you know the next time (or the next few times) it’s in a set!

 One layer of tinted moisturizer. 
(You know what’s crazy? I’m not even wearing top liner. And I swear to god I haven’t put on fifty pounds that went straight to my arms. What the hell is going on with these photographs?)

 With powder and blush. Silica makes a huge difference,if you ask me! Aside from translucent silica powder and the 100% Pure TM, I’m not wearing other base products (ie concealer.)


Just an FYI: From the shade chart (below,) I thought I’d be a match for White Peach — and was a little worried even that would be too dark. But nope! This is Crème, and it’s still a hair too dark. (I know I’ll match it in no time, though. Sometimes accidental tanning happens, dispite our best efforts to prevent it.) And another sidenote — I love their choices of models for this chart! They’re all absolutely stunning, but none of them are “Hollywood blonde” with shaved-down jawlines or fat-filled lips.

The verdict? Here’s the thing. I’ll hate myself for buying a second tube at $32, but I know I will anyways. (Unless I get distracted and fall in love with something else in the meantime… I can be pretty flighty. The other TM would have to be made out of freakin’ rainbows to distract me from this one, though.) I mean, the ingredients list is perfection, the packaging is gorgeous, the product works well, and do you have any idea how hard it is to find solid ‘cone-free base prdocuts?! Yah.

Aside from the cost, I can’t find a single bad thing to say about this product. (Psst, 100% Pure? We’d love it if you could knock a few dollars off the price! Under $30 sounds good.) Which is crazy, because I’m one of the bitchiest, hardest-to-please people I know. Not in a mean way (I hope,) but if I’m not happy with a product, I often end up ranting like a madwoman.

At the dinner table.

Which is awkward.

Anyhow. Simply put? I love this!

Availability: 100% Pure, BeautyIntuition, or perhaps even a local shop! (Try the organic stores and beauty boutiques.)

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