Wednesday, December 26, 2012

CRUSHCOSMETICS review and swatches.

Hey guys! I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, I know I did!!! I had planned on doing this post a couple weeks ago, but I didn't really have a chance until now. I have been using the products I'm about to show you for a few months now and they have become favorites...I actually mentioned them in my 2012 favorites video on youtube. The company is called CRUSHCOSMETICS, and they have all natural mineral makeup in their store on etsy. They have tons of different mineral eye shadows, lip glosses and balms, glitter, and even some body care products, and they are located in Canada. The eye shadows I got are actually the petite eye shadows (they offer those and full size), which is 5 grams. The petite shadows are only 5 bucks, and the full size is $7.99 and are 5 grams in a 10g jar. The colors I got are Fairy Wings (pale, icy pink), and Funeral Party (solid matte black), and they are two of my FAVORITE eye shadows! I also got two of their lip glosses, which are awesome as well! They are pretty pigmented and not sticky at all, and they smell like cake( thanks to caramel flavor oil). I got Dutchess (coral pink with shimmer), and Cake (pinky gold with shimmer) but Dutchess is definitely my favorite of the two. I like to use Funeral Party as eyeliner, because it is so dark and pigmented, and Fairy Wings as an inner corner highlight, because it is just the right shade of pink to brighten the dark shadows in my inner corners. I use these almost everyday and I am definitely going to be trying more of their makeup! If you are interested in trying any of their products, you can find them here:
I hope you check them out, and let me know what you think!

                                                                           - Shauna
from top: cake, dutchess, fairy wings, funeral party

from top: funeral party, fairy wings

from left: funeral party, fairy wings

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holistic Apothecary toothpaste (etsy)

Hey guys! If you follow me on youtube, you have already seen me say I was going to do a review on this toothpaste, so as promised, here it is! First off, when I decided to go natural, I discovered that etsy was the absolute best resource for natural beauty products. They literally sell any beauty item you want, from makeup to toothpaste...and it is usually organic AND for a great price. I love love love etsy, and that's why I do a lot of reviews of etsy products. This one I also found there, because the only thing I am having a hard time finding a natural alternative for is toothpaste. The requirements for the toothpaste I will use are these:

NO glycerin! glycerine coats your teeth and keeps them from remineralizing , and as someone who has had their share of fillings, I'm not in the market for that. Whats the point of trying to eat healthy and get all my nutrients, if my teeth aren't going to get any of them? ALL the natural toothpastes I've seen online contain glycerin.

NO fluoride! I had no idea of the dangers of this scary ingredient until I started looking for a health toothpaste! Flouride is linked to cancer, it damages your nervous system, and if you consume to much of it, it will cause your teeth to get discolored and CRUMBLE! Yikes! And that's not all the effects of fluoride. I like my teeth and my no thanks!

NO sulfates! sulfates are essentially detergents. They dry out the membranes inside your mouth by removing the natural oil and cause canker sores,and  chapped lips. Also they mimic estrogen inside your body, and that can cause disrupton of your hormones.

So those are the main issues I have been finding inside of "natural" toothpastes. There are a ton more ingredients to avoid in toothpaste, but while I can find toothpastes without these other bad things, I can't seem to avoid these three. Until I found the Holistic Apothecary toothpaste. It has just 3 ingredients. Organic virgin coconut oil, organic peppermint essential oil, and baking soda. Wow. What a short list! Both coconut oil, and peppermint oil are anti bacterial to protect your mouth from bacteria, and baking soda scrubs them clean and whitens, and makes your mouth alkaline to prevent cavities. I think I paid $7.00 for this 1 0z jar...which is kinda expensive...but the ingredients were worth it to me. Also, you hardly need any on your brush to get your whole mouth clean. While this toothpaste DOES clean my teeth really well, I do have a couple isues with it.
1. it is really salty. the baking soda is the only flavor you taste...pure salt.
2. it doen't foam, so it is kind of weird to get used to
3. the coconut oil leaves your teeth with a slick feel, but it also makes them super smooth
BUT I think the clean minty feeling, and nice smooth teeth outweigh the salty taste and weird smooth texture. This is the only natural toothpaste I have tried so far, and I am going to keep trying others, but it's pretty good. I did try essential oxygen mouthrinse and it made my teeth really sensitive so if you have sensitive teeth I don't recommend it. What's your favorite natural toothpaste? I would love some recommendations! Thanks for stopping by!