Note: I’m going to start posting my beauty purchases and hauls on the Cosmetic Monster Facebook page. “Like” to observe a true addict in action! ← GREEN BUY – Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Shampoo, Environmental Size ($36).♣
Honestly Green. With a plethora of “green” key words (eco-friendly, natural, plant-based, certified organic, etc.) flooding the already confusing cosmetic market – its easy to get bamboozled into buying a product that isn’t necessarily more natural.
Look for the official USDA Certified Organic seal – “The United States Department of Agriculture awards its seal to products whose total contents are 100% certified organic, or whose total contents are 95% certified organic where the remaining 5% of contents are drawn from a small, select number of ingredients that are not organically grown, and pose no known risk to health or environment.”
Truly green products will also have complete lists of ingredients and have environmental and cruelty-free standards as well. Intelligent Nutrients and Suki are both companies that have a well balanced philosophy and products that are not only green – but glorious to use.
P.S. Happy Birthday to my husband who was born on St. Patrick’s Day♣!
Jenn Suzuki, Cosmetic Monster
REPOST: Jane Iredale PurePressed Base – Review and Color Chart. Its been a year since I first reviewed this incredible foundation and its STILL my absolute favorite.
- My Beauty Diary Earl Grey Tea & Macaron Sheet Mask Review
(L-R): Dr. Dennis Gross Active Vitamin D Serum Oil ($65, dgskincare.com) is a dose of topical Vitamin D that will make skin glow, Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder ($50, bobbibrowncosmetics.com) illuminates and keeps skin smooth, Garnier Ultra-Lift 2-In-1 Wrinkle Reducer Serum + Moisturizer ($16.99, ulta.com) for those who want single step skin nourishment, Maybelline Eye Studio Color Explosion Eye Shadow in Forest Fury ($10.99, ulta.com) has ultra shimmery and rich greens to keep you pinch-proof on March 17, ♥ TRESemme Nourishing Rituals Liquid Gold Shine Therapy ($4.99) gives hair salon-shine for less than a salon-tip.
♥ Tried It – Loved It.
QUICK REVIEWS: The Benefit Hello Flawless! (Sampled, Color: Beige) has a nice dewy, fresh finish and medium coverage. It might be a little too “dewy” for oilier skin. Colors also run fairly dark. Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Powder Foundation SPF 20 has a very matte, smooth finish and the Light/Medium shade worked well on my skin tone. The powder is a little messy though – so I don’t think I will carry it in my handbag. The mattifying ability of Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation (Sampled, Color: Beige) was pretty amazing and kept my skin naturally matte through most of the day. If you are shiny, you still need a touch of powder over it.
←DEBORAH LIPPMANN NAIL LACQUER IN MERMAID’S DREAM ($18, lippmanncollection.com). I’ve been searching high and low for the perfect Spring Green nail polish and this glittered seafoam splendor was love at first sight. Deborah Lippmann lacquers are possible one of my favorites for unique colors and overall formulation.
→DEBORAH LIPMANN NAIL LACQUER IN CANDY SHOP ($18, lippmanncollection.com). Originally available in a set, this ridiculously cute shade appeals to my inner child. Its like cotton candy with rainbow sprinkles and is like smiles and cupcakes in a bottle.