Favorite 100% Pure Products

Lately I have been trying to take more of a healthier approach when it comes to what makeup products I use. I wear makeup every day and sometimes the ingredients in some beloved products aren’t the healthiest. You may have heard of 100% Pure, this brand was created locally in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2005. They have grown tremendously with over 200+ employees and 12 retail stores throughout the US.

In recent years, we have become more health conscious with the type of produce we purchase. Making sure we are eating organic products because it is a healthier option. Just like the food we are consuming, I think it’s also important to know what ingredients make up our favorite foundation, concealer, etc. As an avid makeup enthusiast, I am wearing makeup every single day, and I think it’s important to understand what goes into the products. I have been transitioning to cruelty-free and more natural products, and 100% Pure is a great place to start. I’m not telling you to throw away all your old makeup, but I urge you to try different brands and products when you are in need of replenishment.

I will be sharing some products that I have recently purchased from 100% Pure! These have quickly grown to be some of my absolute favorites and have been using religiously!

 

I have finally found another primer that is just as great as the Hourglass Mineral Veil! This Mattifying Primer feels absolutely amazing on the skin! I have combination skin and found that I get very oily on my t-zone, but this product has helped minimize my shine! I originally got a sample of this product, but after 2 uses, I knew I needed to go back and get the full size. You honestly don’t need a lot of product, a pea size is enough for your whole face. This product is silicone-free and closely resembles the Hourglass Mineral Veil. This product retails for $48 which is a little pricey, but it’s all natural ingredients.

 

 

 

 

This Fruit Pigmented 2nd Skin Concealer is created from fruit and contains hydrating olive squalane. Olive squalane is a light and stable version of olive oil. It is extremely hydrating and found naturally in the sebum of human skin. This product is a build-able medium to full coverage concealer that looks gorgeous on the skin. I am in the shade 3, and it matches perfectly. It covers my redness and imperfections and feels very comfortable on the skin. I recommend working fast because this product does dry a little quick. This product retails for $29 for 0.17 fl oz, but you honestly don’t need to use that much product.

 

 

 

 

This powder is hands down the best purchase I have made. The Bamboo Blur Powder is unlike any other powder on the market. I purchased the translucent powder and the powder is so fine and feels silky soft. You really don’t need that much powder for your whole face, and once you set your base, it’s incredible! It really does minimize your pores and makes your face look silky. They recently launched three new shades of this powder (light, medium, tan) but the store associates recommended I try the original one. It is retailed for $40 which is a little pricier than other powders, but I highly recommend it!

 

 


For those of you who have not tried/smelled this eye cream, I HIGHLY recommend you going to the store and getting a sample! The Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream smells absolutely delicious and helps de-puff and brighten dark circles. There was a 4 week independent study done with this eye cream, and 83% saw immediate reduction in puffiness and 73% saw immediate reduction of dark circles! The eye cream is very light and absorbs very well in the skin. This product is $26 which is very affordable compared to some other brands. You really don’t need that much product, a pea size amount is more than enough for both eyes.

 

 

 

 

Mangosteens are probably one of my favorite tropical fruits! I don’t remember the actual fruit having a scent, but the taste is so sweet and delicious! This Mangosteen Nourishing Body Cream smells amazing! The scent is light and not overpowering, but when applied, it blends very well and it doesn’t feel greasy at all. The next day when I woke up, my skin immediately felt softer! I’m the type of person who never lotions after showering, but now I look forward to using this body cream every night! This product is $20 but it is 8 fl oz. This will definitely last you for a couple months!

 

 

 

All these products can be purchased in-stores or online! If there isn’t a retailer near you, you can definitely order online and they offer free shipping with orders over $50! Another great thing about ordering from their website is you can purchase the items through their payment plan!

I hope you found this information helpful, and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

 

xx
Michelle

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Sephora – Beauty Insider Appreciation Event Must Haves

Who else is excited for Sephora’s Beauty Insider Appreciation Event?! I know I’m a little late to the party, but I wanted to share some products I purchased!

Rouge | August 24th – 20% off use code: YESROUGE
VIB | August 30th – 15% off use code: YESVIB
Beauty Insider | August 30th – 10% off use code: YESINSIDER

The sale ends on September 3rd, so make sure you get everything before the sale ends! ALSO, just a little reminder that you can only use the online code ONCE! It is unlimited times in-store though. Some items are online only, so make sure you put everything in your cart before checking out!

 

Some top items I picked up are:

  1. The Beauty Blender – Bounce Liquid Whip Long Wear Foundation! This item is new and I have seen so many positive reviews that I wanted to try it myself! This foundation is full coverage and has a matte finish.
  2. The Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation because I have heard so many of my friends rave about this foundation. It is a full coverage foundation that gives a radiant finish. It says it is great for combination and oily skin, so this is something I’m super excited to try!
  3. The Laura Mercier – Tightline Cake Eye Liner is a powder eyeliner, but once you add some water it creates a thicker consistency. I have eyelash extensions, so this is great alternative to liquid or gel eyeliner. I had this product about two years ago and loved it! I got it in the color Black Ebony and Mahogany Brown.
  4. The Hourglass – Scattered Light Glitter Eye Shadow is so pretty! All the shades are so beautiful and they feel so buttery. I am so excited for this product because I think they’ll look great on all skin tones!
  5. I finally got the Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light. Not only is the packaging stunning, but the bronzer looks very flattering on! This is definitely a splurge item, but I think it’s totally worth it!
  6. I have heard so many great things about the Briogeo – Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask that I definitely want to try this for myself. I recently cut my hair, so I want to make sure that my ends stay healthy.
  7. The beloved Naked Palette is being discontinued, so I definitely wanted to pick this up! My very first Naked palette was the Naked 2, but the original Naked Palette has been everyone’s favorite. Although this product is currently out of stock on Sephora’s website, check to see if they have them in stores! Not only is it $27, but you can also get a little extra discount on it if you purchase it during the sale.
  8. We have now jumped into skincare! I believe getting skincare sets are such a great value! It’s already slightly discounted, but you get to try more products! This Belief – Aqua Playland Set is the perfect set if you want to try Belief products. It comes with a mini Moisturizing Eye Bomb and Hungarian Water Essence. This set is $38 and it is well worth it! If you just purchase The True Cream Aqua Bomb, it is already $38, so why not get the set to try two more products!
  9. I am so excited for this Tatcha – Smooth, Poreless Skin Obento Box! It comes with a mini The Deep Cleanse and The Silk Canvas! Not only is the packaging gorgeous, but the products in this kit are some of my favorites! This kit retails for $79, and it’s a steal! If you were just going to purchase The Water Cream alone, it would be $68, so you’re paying $11 more to try out two of their bestselling products.

This is definitely a lengthy post, but these Sephora sales rarely happen! Let me know what products you plan on purchasing!

xx
Michelle

 

 

 

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Skincare Favorites

AM Routine:

  • Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream
  • Paula’s Choice 10% Nicacinamide Booster
  • Belief The True Cream Aqua Bomb
  • Cōtz Tinted Sunscreen

PM Routine:

  • Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream
  • Paula’s Choice 10% Nicacinamide Booster
  • Curology
  • Belief The True Cream Aqua Bomb

Belief’s The True Cream Aqua Bomb is an ultra-lightweight moisturizer that can be used day and night. This product is an oil-free gel that instantly hydrates and cools the skin. I have combination to oily skin, and I found this moisturizer is very hydrating without being oily or adding shine. The scent is very light and the gel absorbs quickly into the skin. Awesome product for the price point! Highly recommend trying if you’re looking for a new moisturizer! Sephora is also selling the Belief Aqua Playland Set and it is only $38 for a full size moisturizer, mini eye cream, and a mini water essence!

The CōTZ sunscreen is a newer product that I recently got from Generation Beauty SF. I got a small travel size in the gift bag, and I am in LOVE! The one in the picture is tinted so it has a little color, but there are different ones you can pick up from Ulta! It blends very well into the skin leaving it silky and not greasy (It almost feels like wearing the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer)! It is a mineral sunscreen so there are no harmful chemicals. This is crucial to wear sunscreen everyday! I learned that UVA rays are always around 365 days whether it be sunny or cloudy. These are the rays that causes wrinkles. UVB rays are the ones that causes sunburns! It’s relatively inexpensive and feels amazing on the skin! You can also double it up as a primer!

Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster serum booster that helps with uneven skin tone, and refines the appearance of pore size, skin texture, and fine lines. I apply this product before my moisturizer but after my toner. It is very light and melts right into the skin. It feels a little tacky right after you apply the product on your face, but then melts right in and feels smooth. There is no scent and great for all skin types! I use this product morning and night, and have seen my complexion improve. If you do use this during the AM, make sure to use a moisturizer with SPF 30 or more!

I have heard so many positive reviews about Curology! This is a new product that is simple and actually works! No more trips to the store trying to find new products to test out! This product is custom made to your skin concerns. All you have to do is take some pictures and fill out questions, and a dermatologist creates a cream based on your skin concerns. Super easy to use and it ships right to your door! I use this product at night, and it has helped me tremendously! I was breaking out around my hair line, cheeks, in neck, and etc. and I found this product not only cleared my acne but also helped with my acne scars! I am so impressed with this product and have been using it for months now. The one thing I don’t really like about this product is the texture and scent of the cream. It initially smells a little weird and doesn’t feel like a smooth cream, but once you apply it, it blends right in and you can’t smell the scent anymore. Another concern people may have is that one of their main ingredient is Clindamycin, which is an antibiotic. I have not found any issues with this ingredient and there are only small amounts.

Lastly, the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream is a product that was introduced to me by Influenster. Thank you so much to Influenster for sending me this complimentary eye cream! I have never been someone who uses eye cream, but recently I have been looking for an eye cream that helps with fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness. I am hitting my mid-twenties, and I believe it is better to start preventing these concerns earlier than later. This eye cream has a very light scent and thick gel consistency. I thought it would feel too tacky, but that is not the case. A little product goes a long way and it melts right into the skin. I have been using this product morning and night for the last 3 weeks and have already seen improvements! It is a little more on the pricy side, but I think you can find cheaper alternatives that also provides the same results.

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Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer – Adjust
Foundation: Milani Conceal + Perfect 2 – in – 1 Foundation + Concealer
Setting Powder: e.l.f. Pressed Powder
Bronzer: Physician’s Formula – Butter Bronzer
Blush: Nars Cosmetics – Orgasm
Highlighter: Jeffree Star Cosmetics x Manny MUA – Eclipse
Eyes: Tarte Cosmetics – Tartlette in Bloom
Eyeliner: Tarte Cosmetics – Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner
Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Wiz
Lips: ColourPop Satin Lip – Strip
Falsies: e.l.f. x Weylie Hoang

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E.L.F. Cosmetics

Went out to my local Target and picked up some E.L.F. products. I wanted to do a full face using only E.L.F. products because I have never done this before. I was extremely excited to try everything because I have not used E.L.F. products in a long time. The items I picked up were:
The Day to Night Lipstick Duo (I Love Pinks)
Aqua-Infused Blush & Bronzer (Bronzed Pink Beige)
Beautifully Bare Natural Glow Face Palette (Fresh & Flawless)
Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette
Ardell Faux Mink Falsies (Style 810)
Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint Finishing Powder (Light/Medium)
Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum (Light/Medium)
Tone Adjusting Face Primer (Brightening Lavender)

 

Some swatches of the eyeshadows from the Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette. From the picture, you can see that some of the shades aren’t very pigmented. When I was trying to swatch the colors, I could feel that the eye shadows feel pretty chalky.

 

 

 

 

Liked: From all the products that I purchased, these three were my top favorites. I really liked the primer because it reminded me of the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. It’s extremely soft and feels very light on the skin. You honestly don’t need to apply a lot on the face because a little goes a long way!

The other product that I really like was the foundation serum. It kind of reminds me of the Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum. This foundation is extremely watery and the coverage is light to medium coverage. It also has SPF 30, so it’ll help with the sun. If you’re looking for full coverage foundation, this is not the one. This foundation serum feels extremely lightweight on the skin and doesn’t feel too sticky on the face. A very good lightweight foundation for summer!

The final product that I really liked was the Beautifully Bare Natural Glow Face Palette in Fresh & Flawless. This face palette is pretty and very inexpensive. Just like the eyeshadow palette, it’s not extremely pigmented, but you can build on it. The two blush shades are a very nice and subtle coral shade, and the bronzer color is a nice matte light brown. And lastly, the highlighter is what stood out for me. This highlighter is extremely pretty and gives an amazing glow to the cheeks.

Did not picture: Beautifully Bare Sheer Tint Finishing Powder (Light/Medium) is a very nice lightweight powder. It feels extremely smooth on the skin and gives a very nice lightweight coverage. I do like this powder, but I think I would grab a NYX powder instead.

Did not like: As for the rest of the products that I did not mention above, I ended up not really enjoying them. The Day to Night Lipstick Duo (I Love Pinks) looked like something I would really like based on the packaging, but when I opened it up the colors were completely different. They seemed a lot brighter and more neon than I had hoped. Not exactly something I normally go for.

For the Aqua-Infused Blush & Bronzer (Bronzed Pink Beige), I did not expect this item to be a cream bronzer and blush. I should have known based off the name being ‘Aqua-Infused,’ but I thought it meant it would be more hydrating. Anyways, I am not used to using cream blushes or bronzers, so this product felt a little odd for me and it just didn’t work out.

I have heard so many great things about the Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette and I decided to give it a try. It’s only $10 which is extremely affordable if you compare it to other eyeshadow palettes, but this was not for me. The shades aren’t very pigmented and the feel of the eyeshadows feel a little too chalky for my liking.

The last item that I did not like was the Ardell Faux Mink Falsies (Style 810). I really wanted to like these falsies, but they were just not the right style for me. They’re extremely soft and lightweight, but the style that I have are not flattering for my eyes. Looking at them from the packaging, the lashes look like they are plastic. Hopefully there are other styles and I will most likely give the other styles a try, it’s just the Ardell 810 were not the right ones for me.

***From the products I mentioned above, I just wanted to say that even though they did not work out for me doesn’t mean they won’t work for you! I recommend trying the products because you’ll never know if you’re going to love them or not!***

Thanks for reading!
Michelle

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