Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick–Natural Portable Sun Protection

Spring has sprung and many of us are itching to get outside and enjoy the sunshine! Personally, I’m looking forward to taking more walks in my neighborhood and hiking with my husband and dogs. No matter what type of outdoor activities you enjoy, sun protection is a must! My favorite sunscreen is Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Sunscreen, but it’s not the best option for on-the-go protection. My top pick for portable sun protection is the Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick.

Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen StickReapplication of sunscreen is very important to ensure sufficient protection from the sun’s harmful rays. It should be reapplied after swimming, sweating, or being in the sun for 80 minutes (that time may vary with other sunscreens). There are a few convenient options for reapplying sunscreen while out and about, but I think sunscreen sticks are the most reliable one for thorough coverage. 

I chose the tinted sunscreen stick from Beauty by Earth because it was one of few sunscreen sticks I’d found that’s tinted, and it’s formulated with natural ingredients! The ingredients in a lot of sunscreens are questionable, but you won’t find any of that junk in this product. Please continue reading for a full review of the Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick.

Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick product claims directly from BeautybyEarth.com

Natural sun protection and just a hint of color: it’s a match made in heaven. Lightweight, easy, and just the right amount of coverage color. Our sunstick gives you SPF 30 protection for your face and neck without any muss or fuss. This sunscreen is made for all skin types, even those with sensitive skin! Once rubbed into your skin, this sunscreen is ready for daylight! 

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. Additionally, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $15.99
  • Net weight: 0.49 oz. | 14 g
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Made with natural ingredients
  • Reef-friendly
  • Free of chemical sunscreens, soy, gluten, SLS, SLES, parabens, synthetic dyes, and fragrance
  • Broad spectrum SPF 30 sun protection
  • Water-resistant up to 80 minutes
  • Available in three shades (plus an untinted version)
    • Creme for light skin tones
    • Latte for medium skin tones
    • Chestnut for dark skin tones
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Where to buy:
  • Overall rating: 8.8/10
    • Packaging/ease of use: 10/10
    • Sun protection: 8/10
    • Ingredients: 10/10
    • Team player: 7/10
    • Price: 9/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging/ease of use

The Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick is packaged just like every other sunscreen stick that I’ve seen through the years. It comes in a plastic tube that twists up from the bottom; it looks very similar to deodorant, but much smaller. The size of this product makes it perfect for carrying it in your pocket, purse, backpack, or beach tote with ease.

The sunscreen itself is very creamy and smooth. Because of that nice texture, it glides easily over the skin with very little tugging. Once sunscreen is applied all over the face directly from the stick, it’s very important to blend it in to make sure every bit of skin is covered. I find it very easy to blend this sunscreen with my fingers, even though it is quite thick.

As I mentioned in the intro, reapplication of sunscreen is very important, especially when spending extended periods of time outside. This sunscreen works great for reapplication. It goes on just as easily when reapplying as it does for the first layer.

Ease of application is an important consideration, but so is ease of removal. Some sunscreens, especially water-resistant ones, can be quite difficult to wash off at the end of the day with a simple face wash. Since this sunscreen is water-resistant, that was a concern of mine. Fortunately, this one is much easier to remove than other water-resistant sunscreens I’ve used.

None of my rating categories are directly related to inclusivity/shade range, so I’m going to lump that in here. Most of the sunscreen sticks I’ve seen are not tinted. That isn’t usually a problem with chemical sunscreens, but it commonly is for mineral sunscreens like this one. That’s because mineral sunscreens, especially those formulated with zinc oxide, tend to leave an unattractive white cast on the skin that’s especially obvious on deeper skin tones. 

I think it’s great that Beauty by Earth offers a sunscreen stick that comes in options for light, medium, and dark skin tones, as well as an untinted version. I have this sunscreen stick in the shade “Creme” for light skin tones. In the this arm swatch photo, I swiped a few times to show as much of the color as possible on my fair skin. I’ve found that this sunscreen doesn’t contain very much pigment, so each shade will be flexible. For example, my shade is meant for light skin tones but the color blends perfectly into my fair complexion.

Sun protection

The most important part of every sunscreen, of course, is the level of sun protection provided. First, sunscreen should be labeled as “broad spectrum,” which means that the product will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreens that do not offer broad spectrum protection will not protect you from UVA rays. UVA rays were not always fully understood like they are today, but we need to be protected from them since UVA rays, like UVB, damage the skin’s DNA and can lead to skin cancer. UVA rays also penetrate the skin deeply to cause premature signs of aging. Fortunately, this sunscreen does provide broad spectrum protection!

The second thing to note is SPF factor. Sunscreens with an SPF factor of 15 provide 93% protection from UV rays (7% of UV rays are able to reach your skin), while SPF 30 provides 97% protection and SPF 50 provides 98% protection. No sunscreen can provide 100% protection, though SPF 100 is very close with 99% protection. The Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick has an SPF factor of 30, so it provides 97% protection, which is not bad. Since I am fair-skinned and burn easily, I wish it was SPF 50 or higher (to be fair, most if not all mineral sunscreens are SPF 50 or lower). 

Lastly, if you plan on sweating a lot or spending time in water, it’s important to look for a sunscreen that is water-resistant. Otherwise, it will quickly wash away leaving your skin unprotected. This Beauty by Earth sunscreen is water-resistant, so you can feel confident that you’ll be protected while swimming or sweating outdoors.

Ingredients

Beauty by Earth almost exclusively uses natural ingredients in its formulas, and this sunscreen stick is no exception! The active ingredient is non-nano uncoated zinc oxide, which is considered to be the safest sunscreen available. It is a mineral/physical sunscreen, which means that it reflects UV rays instead of absorbing them. All inactive ingredients are completely natural and several are very good for the skin! In total, there are 15 ingredients in this product (please note that I’m including each iron oxide as a separate ingredient), which really is not very many at all for a sunscreen!

Inactive ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Tocopherol (Sunflower Derived), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera) Powder*, Mica (CI:77019), Iron Oxides (CI:77492) (CI:77491) (CI:77499) 

*Certified Organic Ingredients

Please note that the untinted version of this sunscreen stick contains coconut oil in place of the caprylic/capric triglyceride. It also does not contain mica or iron oxides.

This product’s inactive ingredient list consists of both “good” skin-loving ingredients, and also several “neutral” ingredients. Those “neutral” ingredients are necessary for making the sunscreen stick hold its form and glide smoothly over the skin. The mica and iron oxides, which I also consider to be “neutral,” provide the tint to the three tinted options.

Let’s get into the good stuff, the ingredients that skin loves (please note that my primary resources for ingredient information are INCI Decoder and Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary)!

  • Sunflower seed oil
    • Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
    • Loaded with fatty acids
  • Shea butter
    • Emollient moisturizer
    • Skin-soothing
    • Rich in antioxidants
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier
  • Cocoa seed butter
    • Rich emollient that’s highly moisturizing and nourishing
    • Contains fatty acids, vitamin E, and polyphenols
  • Aloe vera juice powder
    • Dried version of aloe leaf juice
    • Skin-soothing
    • Moisturizing

While this isn’t the most extensive list of skin-loving ingredients, it’s quite good for a sunscreen! I’m very happy with the ingredients Beauty by Earth chose for this formula. They’re simple, yet effective!

Team player

This sunscreen is not the type that will soak into the skin and “dry down” to a matte finish. It is quite thick and emollient, and stays a bit tacky on the skin. This formula does not lend itself to being the greatest “team player” compared to some other sunscreens.

Sunscreen should be the final step in every morning skincare routine. In some cases, like mine, that means it’s being applied over a few other products. My current morning skincare routine (after cleansing) consists of toner, serum, a treatment cream, eye cream, and moisturizer. That’s quite a bit of product already sitting on my skin before I apply my sunscreen. When I blend this sunscreen into my skin, it does pill up. However, I’ve noticed that the pilling is minimal when I use my lightweight Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream instead of heavier moisturizers.

I think this sunscreen stick is best worn without makeup, partly because it is designed with the idea of easy reapplication in mind (and you wouldn’t want to apply this sunscreen stick over makeup). For the sake of this review, I tested this sunscreen with a tinted moisturizer and powder foundation. I was able to make both work, but the tinted moisturizer looked best. The powder foundation looked a bit cakey, probably due to the thickness of this sunscreen’s texture. I wouldn’t recommend liquid or cream foundations with this sunscreen either because I think they would also look cakey on the skin.

Price

Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick is $15.99 for a small amount of product, only 0.49 oz. ($32.63/oz.). I admit, that is very expensive compared to the price per ounce of a lot of other sunscreens, particularly at the drugstore. 

There’s a lot to consider when thinking about the fairness of this product’s price. First off, most people aren’t going to use a sunscreen stick for daily sun protection unless they work outdoors or spend more time outdoors than the average person. People like me, that wear sunscreen daily but don’t necessarily spend time outside every day, are more likely to use a traditional sunscreen more often than a sunscreen stick. I think of sunscreen sticks as my “on the go” sun protection, but not for everyday use. That means this little stick will last me quite a while.

I’m picky with sunscreens and it was tough for me to find a sunscreen stick that checked all my boxes; this one gets pretty close! It provides sufficient sun protection, it’s tinted to hide the white cast from the zinc oxide, doesn’t contain any irritating ingredients, and it glides over the skin effortlessly. I also think it should get bonus points for having a short list of ingredients (some of which are really good for the skin) and three shade options for different skin tones.

When looking at other sunscreen sticks, this one seems to be priced somewhere in the middle. There are some options that are less expensive, but some that are considerably more expensive. I’ve tried at least a couple that are less expensive than this one and they weren’t nearly as high quality. For that reason, I think $15.99 is definitely a fair price!


Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Stick is not my perfect sunscreen, but I do think it’s as perfect as a sunscreen stick can get! It’s important to keep in mind that sunscreen sticks have to be formulated differently in order to stay in stick form. That means that they are going to feel different than most other sunscreen formulas, and that’s OK!

I would highly recommend the Beauty by Earth Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Sticks to anyone looking for a product to provide portable sun protection. Everyone needs sun protection, and reapplication of sun protection, when spending time outdoors. I think this sunscreen stick is perfect for every type of activity whether you plan to hit the beach, hiking trails, or a baseball game. 

Do you ever use sunscreen sticks? Do you use them daily, or only for reapplication when you’re out and about? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Lauren

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Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo–Instant Hair Refresh with Charcoal

I stopped washing my hair daily a few years ago when I noticed that my scalp was flaky and itchy. The bad part of that transition is that my hair starts looking oily after just one day. I can’t stand the way my hair looks when it’s not clean, so I started using dry shampoo more regularly. A lot of them didn’t quite cut it for my oily hair until I discovered IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo. That dry shampoo was my favorite for a very long time! The one thing I really don’t like about it is the price…it is expensive for someone on a budget. Eventually I realized that I needed to find a more affordableMane Club Let's Cheat Dry Shampoo alternative, and I finally have: Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo.

I’ve found that Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo is very similar to IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Shampoo in many ways. In fact, I’d even call it a dupe, though there are some minor differences between the two products. In this post, I’m going to do a full review of Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo so you can decide if it might be a good product for you.

Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo product claims directly from ManeClubNYC.com

A charcoal-infused dry shampoo that instantly removes excess oil and unwanted odor, leaving hair looking and feeling freshly washed (even if it isn’t). Adds body.

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $8.00
  • Net weight: 4.3 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Shelf life: 24 months
  • Free of aluminum, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and artificial colors
  • Where to buy: ManeClubNYC.com 
    • Mane Club ships internationally
  • Overall rating: 8.6/10
    • Packaging/ease of use: 10/10
    • Oil absorption: 8/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Ease of removal: 8/10
    • Price: 10/10

Packaging/ease of use

Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo is packaged similarly to most aerosol dry shampoos. The spray can is metal and the cap is plastic. I’m not sure if you can see them very well in this photo, but there are little donuts all over the can. Isn’t it so cute?

It’s very easy to apply this product since it comes in an aerosol spray can. Mane Club recommends spraying it onto roots from 6-10 inches away and then massaging it in or using a brush to distribute through the hair. I like to wait at least 30 seconds after spraying dry shampoo on my hair, to make sure it’s had a chance to absorb as much excess oil and odor as possible. Then I use my fingers to distribute the product through my hair because I think it looks more natural that way. It also makes hair look more voluminous!

One of the most common problems people have with dry shampoos is the white or dull cast left behind once the product is worked through the hair. I’ve experienced this with most of the dry shampoos I’ve tried! Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo does look white when it’s applied, but that disappears very quickly once it’s worked through with fingers or a brush. This dry shampoo may leave hair looking even more natural than IGK First Class!

Oil absorption

The primary reason most of us use dry shampoo is to absorb excess oil between washes, so it’s very important for dry shampoos to be effective at that job! Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo is very effective at absorbing excess oil and making hair look clean, but I find that I need to use more of it compared to IGK First Class Dry Shampoo to get the same results.

In these photos, I was on day four after the last time I’d washed my hair. I used Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo on my roots to the right of my part (left side in photos) and IGK First Class Dry Shampoo on the left side of my part (right side in photos) so you can see how they compare. I would say they are equally effective when a little extra of the Mane Club product is used. 

While there is a huge improvement in the appearance of my hair between the “before” and “after” photos, my hair didn’t look perfectly clean after using either of the dry shampoos that day. However, that’s only because I went so long between washes. Normally I only skip one or two days between washes and both of these dry shampoos are able to work better with that level of oiliness. 

Ingredients

As I explained in my review of the IGK First Class Dry Shampoo, I normally rate a product’s ingredients based on whether they are beneficial/”good,” neutral, or bad for the skin or hair. I had to look at this product’s ingredient list a bit differently because dry shampoo is not designed to directly benefit the hair; it’s simply made to extend the time between washings. I looked at these ingredients in terms of their contribution to the product’s effectiveness.

When looking at the ingredient list for Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo, the first thing I noticed was how few ingredients are in this product. There are only eleven ingredients! I am shocked because IGK First Class Dry Shampoo contains a whopping 24 ingredients. I expected the formulas to be more similar since these two products perform very similarly to one another. 

Here is the full list of ingredients in the Mane Club dry shampoo:

Butane, Propane, Alcohol denat., Oryza sativa (rice) starch, Charcoal powder, Citronellyl methylcrotonate, Disteardimonium hectorite, Isobutane, Parfum/Fragrance, Hexyl cinnamal, Linalool

Only two of these ingredients are responsible for the oil-absorbing property of this dry shampoo: rice starch and charcoal powder. Charcoal in particular is highly effective at absorbing odor, oil, and sweat. I was actually drawn to this Mane Club dry shampoo because of the charcoal powder it contains. The IGK dry shampoo also contains charcoal powder, and I thought that might be the ingredient that makes it so effective. Now that I’ve used both dry shampoos many times, I think I was right!

The remaining nine ingredients are split between ingredients that I consider to be “neutral,” supporting the overall formula, and some “bad” ingredients that could cause skin to become dry or irritated. The neutral ingredients are propellants and a thickener. The propellants can be dangerous if inhaled, but if used with caution there is very little risk from those. I simply walk out of the bathroom after spraying dry shampoo on my hair to let the fumes disperse. 

The “bad” ingredients are alcohol denat., citronellyl methylcrotonate, parfum/fragrance, hexyl cinnamal, and linalool. The alcohol denat. is used as a solvent, but it can be drying and sometimes damage the skin barrier. The other “bad” ingredients I mentioned are all added as fragrance and fragrance ingredients are common skin irritants. The good news about these five ingredients is that they aren’t likely to affect the skin as long as the dry shampoo is only being applied to the hair instead of the scalp.

Ease of removal

Like most aerosol dry shampoos I’ve tried, Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo does leave residue behind on my hair that takes a little extra effort to wash out. The more product is used, or if it’s used more than once between washings, the more difficult it is to wash out of the hair. I would say this dry shampoo behaves identically to IGK First Class Dry Shampoo as far as ease of removal. 

If I’ve only used a small amount of this product, I can wash it out completely with any regular shampoo. When I’ve used more of this dry shampoo than usual, or I’ve used it more than once between washings, I use Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo to get my hair completely clean. That product is my go-to for removing any amount of stubborn buildup. 

Price

It was easy to give this product 10/10 for its price, especially when you consider how similar it is to the much more expensive IGK dry shampoo. Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo is only $8.00 for 4.3 oz. ($1.86/oz.) while IGK First Class Dry Shampoo is $27.00 for 6.3 oz. ($4.29/oz.)! 

It’s also important to note that most affordable dry shampoos are not cruelty-free, or at least not by IntegriBeauty standards (by my standards, a company AND its parent company must be cruelty-free). Mane Club is 100% cruelty-free! Among the very limited cruelty-free options, Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo is priced near or lower than the competition. I’m very happy paying only $8.00 for this product!

Mane Club Going Viral Dry Shampoo

I couldn’t finish this product review without letting you know that “Let’s Cheat” isn’t Mane Club’s only dry shampoo! There is one other dry shampoo in Mane Club’s collection and it’s called “Going Viral.” The product claims for Mane Club Going Viral Dry Shampoo are that it absorbs excess oil, instantly volumizes, and also texturizes hair. 

Mane Club Going Viral Dry Shampoo is formulated with rice starch for oil absorption and moonstone extract (instead of charcoal powder, the standout ingredient in “Let’s Cheat”), which adds moisture into the hair and strengthens it against breakage. This dry shampoo would be a better choice for people with dry hair that doesn’t get too oily. I’ve never tried this one since my hair does get quite oily, but it sounds like a product that would be exciting for a lot of people!


I’ll definitely use up the rest of my IGK First Class Dry Shampoo, but once that’s finished I plan on sticking with Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo. While it’s not a perfect dupe, it is very close and works so well! I really like how clean it makes my hair look. 

Mane Club Let’s Cheat Dry Shampoo is a great choice for anyone like me with hair that gets very oily. Like Mane Club says on the front of this product: “Let’s Cheat–it’ll be our dirty little secret!” This product will get you out the door quickly on no-wash days and no one will ever know. 😉

Do you like to use dry shampoo on your “no wash” days? Have you tried one that contains charcoal? It seems to make a big difference! Please share your thoughts with me in the comments below. 🙂

Lauren

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Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer–Hydrate and Smooth Skin with Scientifically Proven Ingredients

One of my favorite skincare products that I tried in 2020 was Acure Radically Rejuvenating Whipped Night Cream. That moisturizer is extremely hydrating and packed full of wonderful skincare ingredients including several peptides which can go a long way in preserving skin’s youthfulness. The one thing I didn’t really care for about it is the extra thick texture which makes it somewhat difficult to blend into the skin and layer with other skincare products. That led me to search for an alternative moisturizer that would provide similar benefits without having such a rich texture. I landed on the Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer which I’ve now been using as my night cream for about two or three months.

Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen MoisturizerThe most impressive thing about this product (in my opinion) is the multi-peptides. I’m surprised I haven’t seen peptides included in more skincare formulations I’ve reviewed because they are very useful in maintaining skin’s smoothness. There are many types of peptides, but generally they are used to improve skin’s elasticity and reduce wrinkles by producing collagen.

Please continue reading for a full review of this product, including more information about ingredients!

Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer product claims directly from DermaE.com

Restores a more youthful appearance to skin by diminishing the look of lines and wrinkles. A highly advanced formulation packed with the peptides and collagen needed for healthy-looking skin makes this the best moisturizer for wrinkles. We use the powerful multi-peptides Matrixyl®synthe’6® and Argireline®, as well as Pycnogenol®, an amazing antioxidant that is thought to support healthy collagen, which is the protein essential for vibrant skin that has a wonderful smoothness and elasticity. With Vitamin C and Green Tea for extra anti-aging antioxidants, the Advanced Peptides and Collagen Moisturizer intensely hydrates while creating a renewed, radiant complexion. 

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. Additionally, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $21.00 from Amazon.com or $35.00 from DermaE.com
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    • DermaE.com unfortunately only ships within the United States.
  • Net weight: 2 oz. | 56 g
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Free of gluten, soy, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, petrolatum, sulfates, mineral oil, artificial color, and artificial fragrance
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Overall rating: 8.8/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 7/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Team Player: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging/ease of application

This moisturizer is packaged in a nice glass jar with a plastic lid. It’s pretty and feels like a luxury product because of the weight of the glass. Unfortunately, a jar is not the ideal type of packaging for this moisturizer since it contains active ingredients that will degrade more quickly when exposed to light and air. To protect actives’ potency, it’s best for packaging to be opaque and air-restrictive.

The moisturizer itself is very easy to apply. The texture is a bit heavier than the moisturizers I usually use in my morning routine, but more lightweight than a lot of night creams (this is marketed as a moisturizer that can be used in the morning and/or night). It has a very smooth texture that blends into the skin effortlessly. 

One thing about this moisturizer that may make it unpleasant for some to use, is the scent. It has a very strong floral scent, which some people will enjoy while others won’t. As someone that doesn’t usually like floral scents, I wish Derma E had opted not to add any fragrance to this product. However, I don’t notice the floral smell once I’ve had this moisturizer on for a while. 

Hydration

I purchased this moisturizer to use as my night cream. Since I use lightweight moisturizers in the daytime, I like to use a little bit heavier, very hydrating moisturizers at night. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect when I ordered the Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer, but as I mentioned in the previous section, it actually isn’t very heavy. That isn’t a bad thing, though!

While the texture of this moisturizer is what I’d call “middle of the road,” I still find it to be very hydrating. It quenches my skin’s thirst without making it feel greasy. I’ve actually found that I really enjoy using this moisturizer both morning and night, though I primarily use it at night since I’m still enjoying the Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream as my morning moisturizer.

Team Player

Since I’ve used this moisturizer in my morning and night time skincare routines, I can confidently say that it is an excellent team player! On the rare mornings that I use it, I’ve found that it layers well with my skincare products and both sunscreen and makeup apply beautifully over it.

My night time skincare routine has been quite varied recently, but this moisturizer layers well with every type of product I’ve paired with it. I’m even able to mix my Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powder with it and it still applies smoothly without ever pilling up.

Ingredients

I briefly touched on the Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer ingredients in the intro, but there are so many more to discuss! While ingredients don’t tell the whole story for any given skincare product, they are the most important thing to consider when deciding which products to purchase. Let’s start with the full list of all 30 ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearic Acid, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Glyceryl Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Panthenol, Allantoin, Potassium Sorbate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Pinus Pinaster (Pycnogenol®) Bark Extract, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Sodium Hydroxide, Acacia Seyal Gum Extract (Plant Derived Collagen), Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate

Like most skincare products I’ve reviewed, there are good, bad, and neutral ingredients in this formula. Fortunately, sixteen of the ingredients are good ones that provide actual benefits to the skin. There are only two that are potentially harmful, and the rest are neutral ingredients that support the formula. First let’s go over the good stuff!

  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil
    • Rich in antioxidants
    • Emollient
  • Acetyl Hexapeptide-8
    • Famous peptide a.k.a. Argireline or “botox in a jar”
    • Smooths wrinkles
    • Moisturizes skin
  • Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Wound-healing
  • Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower
    • Antioxidant
    • Potent skin-soothing property
    • May aggravate skin that is sensitive to plants in the daisy family
  • Tocopheryl Acetate (most common version of vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Skin-strengthening
  • Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
    • Wax ester that stays on the skin surface to moisturize and make skin soft
  • Panthenol (Provitamin B5)
    • Moisturizer
    • Humectant
  • Allantoin
    • Skin soothing and conditioning agent
  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38
    • Another well-known peptide a.k.a. Matrixyl synthe’6
    • Boosts production of major components of the extracellular matrix (including collagen)
    • Decreases wrinkles, particularly in the forehead and crow’s feet
  • Pinus Pinaster (Pycnogenol®) Bark Extract
    • Contains potent antioxidants
    • Increases skin hydration and elasticity
    • May increase synthesis of extracellular matrix molecules, hyaluronic acid and collagen
  • Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin
    • Moisturizer
    • Has a lifting effect on skin
  • Acacia Seyal Gum Extract (Plant Derived Collagen)
    • Moisturizer
    • Humectant
  • Retinyl Palmitate
    • Retinoid (retinol paired with palmitic acid)
    • Must be converted to retinoic acid by the skin to be effective
    • Antioxidant
  • Ascorbyl Palmitate
    • Stable form of vitamin C
    • Antioxidant

That’s quite the list, right? I’m impressed by how many great ingredients Derma E was able to pack into this product. I do wish that more of these ingredients were closer to the top (higher concentrations), but it’s possible that some of them are more effective at lower concentrations. 

I was especially excited to see the multi-peptides in this product. I’ve never used a product with Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argireline) or Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38 (Matrixyl synthe’6). These seem to be even more effective for anti-aging than other peptides I’ve researched in other products!

While it does moisturize the skin, I’m a bit confused about the Acacia Seyal Gum Extract (collagen) being included in this product. I think Derma E may have included it so they could include the word “collagen” in the product’s name. This isn’t an uncommon practice since people associate collagen with youthful skin. The thing is, applying collagen topically doesn’t translate to more collagen within the skin. The peptides and Pinus Pinaster (Pycnogenol®) Bark Extract, however, do increase production of collagen in the skin.

Now for the “bad” ingredients in this moisturizer. The first one is controversial because many people swear by it: witch hazel. Witch hazel has antioxidant and soothing properties, but one of the antioxidants in it (tannin) can also make it sensitizing. Additionally, witch hazel contains a fragrance called “eugenol” which may be sensitizing. The only other ingredient that may be problematic for some people is Lavandula Hybrida Oil which is an essential oil that can be sensitizing.

The remaining “neutral” ingredients are all quite innocuous: things like emollients and thickeners. There is one ingredient that I view as neutral that some people might want to avoid. This product contains dimethicone, which is a common silicone used to make skin feel smooth. I don’t personally feel that dimethicone affects the performance of the other ingredients or harms the skin.

Price

If you read through the “other product details” section, you probably noticed that there’s quite a large price difference when purchasing from Amazon instead of from DermaE.com. On Amazon, Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer is only $21.00 ($10.50/ounce). If purchasing this moisturizer directly from Derma E, it is $35.00 ($17.50/ounce)!

I’m going to be reviewing Amazon’s price for this product since I don’t think many people would choose to pay so much more to purchase from Derma E (unless Derma E has a good sale going, which they sometimes do!). This is a really good quality moisturizer with unusual and effective anti-aging ingredients, so I think $21.00 is a very fair price for it.


I’m really glad that I stumbled on Derma E Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer! Despite the flowery scent, I really enjoy using it. This moisturizer is a great finishing touch on my skincare routine every night. It makes my skin feel great and I’m happy knowing that I’m applying so many anti-aging ingredients that will help preserve my youthfulness.

Even though this moisturizer was formulated with anti-aging in mind, I think it would be beneficial for all age groups. As far as skin types go, it would probably work best for normal to oily skin types. I have combination skin and it’s perfect for me, but I feel as though it may not be quite hydrating enough for someone with dry skin. Those with sensitive skin may also need to skip this one due to the strong fragrance.

Derma E makes several different moisturizers, but this is the first one I’ve ever tried. Have you tried any Derma E moisturizers? Or are there other products from Derma E that you’ve enjoyed? Please let me know in the comments below!

Lauren

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Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette–Create Gorgeous Eye Looks with Real Rose Quartz

Crystals are beautiful and commonly used in both jewelry and home décor. Did you know they’ve also been used for thousands of years to heal the mind, body, and soul? There is no scientific evidence to support the benefits of crystals, but many still believe in their powers. One of the most popular crystals is rose quartz, a stunning pink gemstone. Rose quartz is linked to love and is thought to encourage respect, trust, and confidence.

Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone PaletteAs crystals become increasingly more popular in the modern age, they are now being used in beauty tools, skincare, and makeup. Rose quartz in particular is said to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette harnesses the power of real rose quartz. I think this is a brilliant use for rose quartz since the skin around the eyes is very thin and prone to wrinkles.

Unfamiliar with Aether Beauty? It is a sustainable clean indie beauty brand founded by the former head of product development at Sephora, Tiila Abbitt. All Aether products are cruelty-free, vegan, organic, and packaging is recyclable. That’s not all! Aether Beauty donates a portion of all sales to environmental charities. I love supporting companies that strive to make the world a better place, and that’s exactly what Aether Beauty does every day!

Please continue reading for a full product review of the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette.

Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette claims directly from AetherBeautyCo.com

A rose quartz infused eyeshadow palette that offers a variety of 12 radiant warm shades in shimmer, metallic and matte finishes. This bestselling palette is designed to illuminate the skin with extraordinary luster, these high-payoff, pigment-packed formulas are made with skin-loving ingredients that offer a buttery-like texture for an easy one-swipe application.

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. Additionally, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $58.00
  • Net weight: 0.56 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Free of gluten, talc, parabens, nanoparticles, and fragrance
  • Formulated with ethically sourced mica
  • Special ingredients:
    • Rose quartz reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and redness
    • Organic coconut oil calms, protects, and hydrates the skin
    • Organic shea butter infuses antioxidants and soothes skin
    • Organic rosehip oil boosts collagen, reduces inflammation, and brightens
  • Packaging is recyclable once pans and elastic band are removed
  • 12 shades (there are shade descriptions on AetherBeautyCo.com; I copied most of those here but tweaked some that I thought weren’t quite accurate):
    • Rose Quartz antique rose shimmer
    • Sandstone light beige matte
    • Stardust icy pink shimmer
    • Heartstone rose pink shimmer
    • Scorpio rose brown matte
    • Aphrodite violet gray matte
    • Grounding charcoal matte
    • Crystalline silver shimmer
    • Reawakening pink to gold duo-chrome
    • Divine gold to silver duo-chrome
    • Aura purple to blue duo-chrome
    • Astarte lavender to silver blue duo-chrome
  • 1% of sales are donated to The Water Project
  • Where to buy: AetherBeautyCo.com and Amazon.com
    • AetherBeautyCo.com ships internationally to many countries, but I wasn’t able to find a list of those countries.
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  • Overall rating: 8.4/10
    • Inclusivity: 7/10
    • Texture: 8/10
    • Pigmentation: 8/10
    • Staying power: 10/10
    • Price: 9/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Inclusivity

As a fairly new indie brand, Aether Beauty currently only offers four full sized palettes (there are also two quads and two single shadows available, however): Rose Quartz, Amethyst Crystal, Summer Solstice, and Joshua Tree. There is a good amount of variety among these options. Of the four, Rose Quartz is probably the most approachable for everyday wear. For the most part, the shades in this palette are very soft and neutral. Many of them can even be worn as “one and done” eyeshadows for quick eye looks.

I am writing this review from the perspective of someone with fair skin. You can find swatches of all the shades in this palette on AetherBeautyCo.com, and they’re shown on fair, light, and medium skin tones (you can find photos of my own arm swatches coming up in the next section). I think it’s very helpful that they showed those side-by-side comparisons. Unfortunately, I don’t think this palette will work as well on medium to deep skin tones as it does on fair to light skin tones.

The photos below are of a recent eye look I created using the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette. Most of the looks I do with this palette look very similar to this one. If these soft neutral shades speak to you and would work well on your skin tone, I think you’d enjoy this palette very much!

I only took a few points away in this category for a couple of reasons. First off, it is such a reliable approachable palette that’s good for any occasion. This would be the perfect everyday palette for a lot of people. Secondly, while the shades in this palette aren’t ideal for every skin tone, there are other Aether Beauty eyeshadow palettes (especially Amethyst Crystal and Joshua Tree) that would be more fitting for deeper skin tones.

Texture

This palette is the perfect mix of mattes, shimmers, and duo-chromes, as there are four of each. Duo-chrome shades aren’t very common and I have very few in my collection, so I was excited to see four duo-chrome shades in this palette! If you’re not familiar with duo-chrome eyeshadows, they shift between two colors.

I enjoy every shade in this palette, but I have to say that the shimmers perform best. They are all buttery smooth and easy to blend. I haven’t experienced any fallout with these shimmers and they look perfect on the eyes with very little effort. 

The matte shades don’t swatch well as you can see in the photo on the left, but they do actually blend easily and look beautiful on the eyes. Scorpio is the perfect crease/transition shade! My only complaint about the matte shades is that Aphrodite and Grounding are quite powdery so they require a little more caution during application. With those shades, I always tap the excess off my brush before applying and that helps a lot! 

The duo-chrome shades are some of the most beautiful in this palette, but they are the most difficult to work with. It’s hard to pick them up with a brush and when applying with a brush, there is a lot of fallout. I’ve had the best luck applying these duo-chrome shades with my fingers to prevent fallout.

Pigmentation

You can probably tell from the swatches above that this is not the most pigmented palette. While that sounds like a con, for many people it isn’t. Lower pigmentation means that you don’t have to be very careful with this palette. These shades are very forgiving. Also, they do build well!

I want to make note of the pigmentation of certain shades. The deepest shade in this palette is Grounding (matte charcoal), and it is quite pigmented. Those with fair skin like me should be careful with this shade because it is easy to apply too much. I always start out with a very small amount and build it up slowly.

I hate to pick on the lovely duo-chrome shades again, but I’m a little disappointed that they aren’t more pigmented. I expected them to have strong pigmentation and apply similarly to the shimmers, but they’re actually quite different. They take effort to build up and even then they never look nearly as intense on the eyes as they do in the pan.

Staying power

Since this eyeshadow palette has a very clean formula, I wasn’t sure if it would wear as well as most powder eyeshadows. Turns out, I didn’t need to worry at all! Every shade in this palette looks good on my eyes all day long. There is no fading, creasing (with the help of Milani Eyeshadow Primer on my oily eyelids), or smudging. I always hate to wash it off at the end of the day because it still looks so good!

While these eyeshadows have great staying power, they never stain my skin. They’re also easy to wash off, even with regular face wash vs. cleansing balm.

Price

Aether Beauty is not an affordable brand. I would consider Aether Beauty products to be high-end, but not quite luxury, if that makes sense. The Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette is $58.00 and I recognize that that is a lot of money for an eyeshadow palette. It’s one of the most expensive ones in my collection. With that being said, I do think it’s worth the price! 

Since I received this palette, it’s been rare that I’ve reached for any of my other palettes. It’s just so versatile and easy to work with. Plus, it has a good mix of textures so I never need to bring in other palettes when I’m creating an eye look with this one. Lastly, companies like Aether Beauty are some of my favorites to support. Aether Beauty has high ethical standards and is working to make the world a better place. Those things cost money, so it makes sense that Aether Beauty products would be a little more expensive.

Packaging

I chose not to add a sixth rating category for packaging, but I couldn’t finish this review without mentioning it. The packaging for the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette is quite beautiful unique! 

Sustainability is a big part of Aether Beauty’s ethos, so this palette is made without a mirror or magnets. The packaging is completely recyclable once the pans and elastic band are removed. Since there aren’t magnets, this cardboard palette is kept closed with the elastic band shown in this photo. It’s attached to the “lid” and wraps around the backside of the palette to keep it securely closed.

With some eyeshadow palettes, it’s very difficult to find shade names. I think it’s easiest when shade names are printed on the palette with the pans of eyeshadow, but Aether Beauty took a different approach (probably because of this palette’s layout). There is a clear plastic sheet with the shade names printed on it that you can keep in the palette. I’m guessing that a lot of people won’t keep that plastic sheet since it would be easy to lose, so the shade names are also printed on a sticker on the back of the packaging. Both the plastic sheet and shade names printed on the back are shown in the photo below. I don’t care too much about shade names myself, but they can be very helpful when instructing others on which shades to use to recreate an eye look.


When I first received this palette, I was really unsure if I was going to like it or not. At first glance, it looks kind of boring. Over the past few months, I’ve come to enjoy it and appreciate its versatility. I could use this palette every single day if I wanted to! I’m especially impressed with this palette because it is formulated with very few ingredients and is completely clean. I honestly think these eyeshadows perform just as well as traditional (non-clean) powder eyeshadow formulas.

I wish I could say this palette is for everyone, but unfortunately I don’t think it’s ideal for those with medium to deep skin tones. I think anyone with fair to light skin that enjoys subtle but elegant eyeshadow palettes, would be very happy with this one. Those with deeper skin tones should check out some of the other Aether Beauty palettes I mentioned. I’ve heard nothing but good things about all Aether Beauty products!

Aether Beauty has a small collection of products at this time, and I can’t wait to see what they release next. Have you tried any products from Aether Beauty? If you have, please let me know in the comments. 🙂

Lauren

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Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser–Supergreens Blend Nourishes and Hydrates Thirsty Skin

Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice CleanserWe’ve all heard of superfoods: nutrient-rich foods with numerous health benefits. Usually superfoods are thought of as just that–food. But why stop there? Many foods that are touted as “superfoods” are also quite beneficial to the skin, even when applied topically. Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser is a great product to incorporate into even the most basic skincare routine to nourish and hydrate thirsty skin with superfoods.

Some of the most popular superfoods are dark leafy greens, berries, and mushrooms. All of those and more can be found in Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser. Keep reading to learn more about this product’s ingredients and performance!

Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser product claims directly from Acure.com

Supergreens smoothie for your face? Yes please. This purifying greens creamy smoothie-to-foam cleanser utilizes adaptogenic ashwagandha, holy basil, reishi, turmeric and a supergreens blend of kale, spinach, neem, and spirulina to deep clean and refresh.

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. Additionally, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $12.99
  • Net weight: 4 oz. | 118 ml
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 6 months
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, petrolatum, and formaldehyde
  • Where to buy: Amazon.com 
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  • Overall rating: 8.8/10
    • Packaging: 9/10
    • Cleansing: 8/10
    • Texture/ease of application: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging

Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser is packaged in a plastic squeeze bottle. The cap flips open and there’s something about it that I really like. It’s hard to explain, but this cap flips open and easily stays open until you want it closed. Then, it snaps closed very securely. It’s very easy to dispense just the right amount of product.

I’m happy with this packaging, but I’d like it even better if it was a pump instead of a squeeze bottle. That’s only because a pump is the most fuss-free type of packaging (for a face wash), especially in the shower when hands are wet (and sometimes soapy).

This product’s packaging is made partially with recycled materials, which is great! Additionally, the bottle is recyclable. Acure actually has a free recycling program with Terracycle! I appreciate that Acure is taking steps like this to be more environmentally friendly.

Cleansing

Acure doesn’t make any big claims about the cleansing ability of its Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser. The product description simply states that it will deep clean and refresh. I agree with that! My skin does feel very clean and fresh after I’ve washed my face with this cleanser. It’s perfect for removing oil, sweat, and sunscreen.

This face wash isn’t the most effective product for removing makeup. It does get most of it off, but it leaves behind some stubborn eye makeup. This product is ideal for a morning cleanse or as the second step of a double cleanse with a cleansing balm or oil.

Texture/ease of application

This cleanser has a very creamy texture and comes out of the bottle looking pearly white. It always leaves my skin feeling hydrated and soft. Also, it foams up to make it easier to smooth all over the face and cleanse more thoroughly, but it doesn’t create the sort of lather that you find with some other products, like body washes. 

This product is completely smooth and non-abrasive, but it can be irritating around the eye area. I only find this to be a problem when I actually use this cleanser to remove eye makeup. If I use my Derma E Universal Cleansing Balm or baby shampoo to remove eye makeup before washing my face, I don’t experience any eye irritation.

Ingredients

I couldn’t wait to dig into the ingredient list for Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser! I could tell by the product’s name that it would be quite interesting. I was not disappointed! Here is the full list of all 40 (that’s right, FORTY) ingredients:

WATER, SODIUM COCOYL ISETHIONATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE SE, HYDROXYPROPYL STARCH PHOSPHATE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, DECYL GLUCOSIDE, GLYCERIN, GLYCERYL OLEATE, WITHANIA SOMNIFERA (ASHWAGANDHA) ROOT EXTRACT, OCIMUM SANCTUM LEAF EXTRACT, GANODERMA LUCIDUM EXTRACT, CURCUMA LONGA (TURMERIC) ROOT EXTRACT, CORDYCEPS SINENSIS EXTRACT, BRASSICA OLERACEA ACEPHALA (KALE) EXTRACT, SPINACIA OLERACEA (SPINACH) LEAF EXTRACT, MELIA AZADIRACHTA (NEEM) FLOWER EXTRACT, MELIA AZADIRACHTA (NEEM) LEAF EXTRACT, ARTHROSPIRA PLATENSIS (SPIRULINA) EXTRACT, RUBUS FRUTICOSUS (BLACKBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT*, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT*, EUTERPE OLERACEA (ACAI) FRUIT EXTRACT*, ROSA CANINA (ROSE HIP) FRUIT EXTRACT*, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS (CALENDULA) FLOWER EXTRACT*, ASPALATHUS LINEARIS (ROOIBOS) LEAF EXTRACT*, PUNICA GRANATUM (POMEGRANATE) EXTRACT*, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) FLOWER OIL, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL, CITRUS NOBILIS (MANDARIN ORANGE) PEEL OIL, JASMINUM OFFICINALE (JASMINE) OIL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, ANIBA ROSODORA (ROSEWOOD) WOOD OIL, PELARGONIUM GRAVEOLENS (ROSE GERANIUM) FLOWER OIL, JOJOBA ESTERS, HYDROLYZED JOJOBA ESTERS, SCLEROTIUM GUM, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, DISODIUM COCO-GLUCOSIDE CITRATE, SODIUM LAUROYL LACTYLATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, PHENETHYL ALCOHOL

*certified organic ingredient

Like most ingredient lists, this one includes what I consider to be good, bad, and neutral ingredients. There are a couple of unique things I notice when looking at the list in this broad sense. Twenty-one ingredients, just over half the list, are “good” which is more than most formulas. Usually the “good” ingredients make up about a third of the list. There are also five “bad” ingredients which is more than I’m used to seeing in most skincare products.

I’m going to dive right into the “good” ingredients. I know there are a lot, but I try to keep ingredient descriptions brief, so stay with me!:

  • BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER
    • Emollient moisturizer
    • Skin-soothing
    • Antioxidant-rich
  • GLYCERIN
    • Natural moisturizer
  • WITHANIA SOMNIFERA (ASHWAGANDHA) ROOT EXTRACT
    • Calms skin
    • Powerful antioxidant
  • OCIMUM SANCTUM (HOLY BASIL) LEAF EXTRACT
    • Hydrates and softens skin
  • GANODERMA LUCIDUM (REISHI MUSHROOM) EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
    • May reduce discoloration
    • Calms skin
    • Contains vitamins, minerals, and amino acids
  • CURCUMA LONGA (TURMERIC) ROOT EXTRACT
    • Anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial
    • Potent antioxidant
    • Brightens skin
  • CORDYCEPS SINENSIS EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
    • Humectant
  • BRASSICA OLERACEA ACEPHALA (KALE) EXTRACT
    • Moisturizer and humectant
  • SPINACIA OLERACEA (SPINACH) LEAF EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
    • Reduces inflammation
    • Fortifies skin barrier
  • MELIA AZADIRACHTA (NEEM) FLOWER EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
  • MELIA AZADIRACHTA (NEEM) LEAF EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
  • ARTHROSPIRA PLATENSIS (SPIRULINA) EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
    • Contains vitamin E
  • RUBUS FRUTICOSUS (BLACKBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT
    • Potent antioxidant
  • CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
    • Potent skin-soothing property
    • May aggravate skin that is sensitive to plants in the daisy family
  • EUTERPE OLERACEA (ACAI) FRUIT EXTRACT
    • Potent source of antioxidants
  • ROSA CANINA (ROSE HIP) FRUIT EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
  • CALENDULA OFFICINALIS (CALENDULA) FLOWER EXTRACT
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Antioxidant
  • ASPALATHUS LINEARIS (ROOIBOS) LEAF EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • PUNICA GRANATUM (POMEGRANATE) EXTRACT
    • Antioxidant
    • Soothes skin
  • HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL
    • Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
    • Loaded with fatty acids
  • HYDROLYZED JOJOBA ESTERS
    • Contains essential fatty acids
    • Retains moisture in skin

Whew, that was a lot! I am very impressed by how many great ingredients Acure was able to pack into this product. My main takeaway is the number of antioxidants. I always like seeing lots of antioxidants because they protect the skin from free radical damage that’s caused by things like sun exposure and pollution. Products rich in antioxidants are also great for anti-aging because they can soften the appearance of wrinkles.

Next up: the “bad” ingredients. This product unfortunately contains five fragrance ingredients: orange flower oil, orange peel oil, mandarin orange peel oil, jasmine oil, and rose geranium flower oil. Fragrance ingredients are some of the most common culprits of skin sensitization, so it’s best to avoid them when possible. These five ingredients are also a little higher on the list than I’d like to see. They’re about two thirds of the way down the list. These would be much lower risk if they were at the very bottom of the list, which is where the ingredients with the lowest concentrations can be found.

The remaining 14 ingredients in this product are things like cleansing agents, emulsifiers, and thickeners. These are safe, but also don’t provide any skincare benefits. 

Price

Acure never ceases to amaze me with its elegant formulas and affordable drugstore prices. Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser is only $12.99 for 4 ounces ($3.25/oz.) of product. That’s a little more expensive than cleansers from some other drugstore skincare brands, but most drugstore skincare products don’t contain unusual ingredients like ashwagandha, kale, and rooibos. This face wash is exceptional, especially at such a low price!

It’s important to also note that only a small amount of this product is needed. A little goes a long way, which means this face wash will last longer than some others, making it an even better value.


Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser is an excellent skincare product that I’ve enjoyed having in my collection as we finish out winter in the Midwest. It helps keep my skin hydrated, comes in quality packaging, cleanses effectively, has a pleasant texture that’s easy to work with, is formulated with a lot of impressive ingredients, and it’s affordable! The only thing I’d really like to see changed in this product is the fragrance ingredients. They may be included purely to mask the scent of some of the natural ingredients, but it’s not a leave-on product so I don’t think the product’s scent should matter very much.

This cleanser is marketed to “thirsty skin types” but I think it would work well for all skin types, including oily skin. Dry skin is obviously “thirsty,” but all types of skin require hydration to remain as balanced as possible. The only people that may want to avoid this product are those that are sensitive to fragrance ingredients.

It seems like Acure is underrated, considering the quality and affordability of its products. Have you tried any Acure products? If so, which ones are your favorites? Please let me know in the comments below. 🙂

Lauren

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Clove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint–Clean Medium Coverage Foundation

About a month ago, I wrote a product review on Clove + Hallow Pressed Mineral Foundation which is a powder foundation. I’ve been very impressed by that foundation, and part of the reason is that it is formulated with very clean ingredients, many of which have skincare benefits. For those that want a clean foundation with a moreClove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint traditional formula, Clove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint is another option from this brand.

I’ve been using Clove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint for a couple of months now and I have a lot of thoughts on it that I’d like to share. Before I get into the full product review, there’s one important thing I want to point out about this foundation. The product’s name implies that it’s a very thin, light coverage product, but that is not actually the case. This foundation is quite thick, closer to cream than liquid, and provides medium coverage.

Clove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint claims directly from CloveandHallow.com

Flawless but real-looking skin, bottled! This breathable, buildable foundation formula provides stunning medium coverage and a demi-matte finish. No caking or creasing, ever. No matter your complexion color or undertone, we’ve got a match for you.

If you swear by our best-selling Conceal + Correct formula, Liquid Skin Tint will be your new go-to for perfecting your entire complexion. Just blend into skin with your fingers, brush or sponge, and layer for desired coverage.

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Other product details

  • Price: $26.00
  • Net weight: 1 oz. | 31 g
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • 12 shades from ultra fair to deep
  • Free of parabens, phthalates, fragrance, talc, PEG-s, and more than 1,500 other potentially harmful ingredients
  • 89% natural ingredients
  • Shelf life: 12 months (this is according to the product’s packaging; CloveandHallow.com suggests using the product within 6 months of opening)
  • Where to buy: CloveandHallow.com and Amazon.com 
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  • Overall rating: 6.8/10
    • Inclusivity: 7/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 6/10
    • Staying power: 8/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Price: 6/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Inclusivity

If you read my review of Clove + Hallow Pressed Mineral Foundation, this section may feel a bit redundant (I apologize in advance!). As I mentioned in that review, clean beauty brands tend to have smaller shade ranges than mainstream brands. That holds true for both the Clove + Hallow Pressed Mineral Foundation, which comes in 14 shades, and their Liquid Skin Tint, which comes in only 12 shades. These are far from the smallest shade ranges I’ve seen, but there is certainly a lot of room for improvement.

I analyzed each of the 12 shades of the Liquid Skin Tint and they are distributed from ultra fair to deep as follows:

  • Ultra fair: 1
  • Fair: 1
  • Light: 2
  • Light-medium: 1
  • Medium: 1
  • Medium-dark: 2
  • Dark: 2
  • Deep: 2

First, I want to commend Clove + Hallow for making shades for every (or nearly every) skin tone. The problem with this shade range is that there aren’t shades for every undertone, for every skin tone. For example, I have fair skin, but the only fair shade has golden undertones. Since I have neutral undertones, that shade would look slightly yellow on me. 

I took the shade matching quiz to determine my best shade and it suggested shade 03, which is light with peachy undertones. As I feared, that shade is slightly dark on my fair skin. I still wear it, but it would be nice if I could find a shade to match my neck! People with light, medium-dark, dark, and deep skin tones each have two undertone options, but ideally there would be 3+ unique shades available for every skin tone.

Hopefully Clove + Hallow will be able to expand the shade ranges for both foundations in the future, in order to be more inclusive.

Packaging/ease of application

Clove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint is packaged in a plastic squeeze tube with a twist-off cap. A pump would’ve been nice, but I think Clove + Hallow was trying to keep the packaging minimal. It’s also possible that they chose not to add a pump because the foundation itself is so thick, it might not dispense properly from a pump. 

Because of the thick texture of this foundation, it can be tricky to apply and blend properly. Clove + Hallow states that it can be applied using fingers, a brush, or sponge. In my experience, that is simply not true. I rarely use my fingers to apply any complexion products, but for the sake of this review I did try it a few days ago. I was not at all happy with the result, as it looked very streaky. I had similar results with the sponge–it was as if the foundation wouldn’t stick to the sponge so it wasn’t blending hardly at all. My favored application method for foundation is a brush, and thankfully a brush does work to apply this foundation.

Unfortunately, I’ve found that this foundation doesn’t look great on my skin no matter how I apply it (though it does look best with a brush, by far). It looks patchy on my skin, as if it’s clinging to dry patches. I have combination skin (oily t-zone and normal everywhere else) with no dry patches, so I don’t understand why it looks like that. I am disappointed that this foundation doesn’t make my complexion look even and smooth like most foundations. Fortunately, it seems to look a little better after I’ve worn it for a few hours and my natural oils have had a chance to break through.

Building on that idea of my natural oils improving the appearance of this foundation, there is one thing I’ve found that can make this foundation look better right from application. If I apply a very small amount of facial oil before applying this foundation, it blends much more easily and looks better overall. I also think that using a smaller amount of this foundation keeps it from looking patchy or cakey.

Staying power

Despite this foundation’s downfalls, the staying power is pretty good! Clove + Hallow claims that it’s crease-proof and lasts all day. I have to disagree with the first claim as this foundation does settle into my forehead lines before I’m even finished applying it to the rest of my face. However, the overall longevity is excellent.

This foundation doesn’t wear away easily. I do powder my face since I have combination skin, but I don’t think that would even be necessary for normal skin types. It holds up better under a mask than most other foundations. On the day that I took the wear test photos below, I wore a mask for a little while shortly after the 2:00 photo was taken. Some foundation did wear away on my nose and chin, but it wasn’t obvious from a distance, as you can see in the 6:00 photo.

As far as oil control, I think this foundation does a little bit better than most others. My oils did start coming through before that 2:00 photo was taken, but my skin just looked healthy and glowy at that point. By the time I took the 6:00 photo, my skin was looking more greasy, but still not bad. I think this foundation would cooperate well for touch-ups if you wanted to blot or powder your face to eliminate excess oil.

Ingredients

I was blown away by the ingredients used in the Clove + Hallow Pressed Mineral Foundation, so I expected to be impressed by the ingredients used in the Liquid Skin Tint as well. Unfortunately, after researching all 15 of the Liquid Skin Tint ingredients, I feel very “meh.” Most of the ingredients are texture enhancers or preservatives. Glycerin, a natural moisturizer, is the only ingredient that has skincare benefits. See below for the full list of ingredients:

Water*, Coconut Alkanes*, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/ Polyhydroxystearate/ Sebacate*, Silica*, Glycerin*, Dextrin Isostearate, Coco-Caprylate/-Caprate*, Quaternium-90 Sepiolite*, Sodium Chloride*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax*, Quaternium-90 Montmorillonite*, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum*, Potassium Sorbate;

May contain: Titanium Dioxide (Cl788921), Iron Oxides (Cl77492,Cl77499,Cl77491)

While I wish this foundation included more ingredients that have skincare benefits, I do appreciate that the majority are naturally derived. It’s also important to note that I don’t usually even review ingredients for coverage products. The only reason I reviewed ingredients for the Clove + Hallow foundations is because the brand prides itself on its clean formulas with short ingredient lists. 

Compared to most foundations that aren’t considered to be “clean,” Clove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint is probably superior because all ingredients have been found to be safe by strict EU standards. More information on Clove + Hallow’s “Clean15” philosophy can be found here

Price

Clove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint is $26.00 for one ounce of product, which is a standard amount for liquid foundations. A lot of clean foundations are very expensive, so when I was looking at Clove + Hallow’s website the first time, I thought this product was quite affordable. 

This is the only clean “liquid” foundation I’ve tried so far, so I don’t know how it compares with others on quality. However, I don’t think this product is worth $26.00. If the formula is improved to be easier to blend, and if the shade range is expanded, then I think $26.00 would be a fair price. As it stands, I expect more from a $26.00 foundation.


Clove + Hallow Liquid Skin Tint is a popular clean foundation in the clean beauty world. I was so excited to try it and I’m disappointed that it doesn’t work better on my skin. I will definitely use up this foundation, but I don’t plan to repurchase it.

As you can tell, I didn’t hold back at all in this review. I had a lot of negative things to say about this foundation. While it didn’t work as well for me as I’d hoped, that doesn’t mean that it’s a bad product. In fact, it works very well for a lot of people. I’m not sure if it comes down to skin type, or maybe it works better alongside different products than what I’m using. I will say that I think people with dry skin should avoid this foundation. However, it might work very well for someone with oily skin that’s looking for a moderately priced clean foundation.

Do you have experience with any clean foundations? If so, do they perform similarly to how I described this one? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Lauren

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Pacifica Ocean Citrus Body Wash for a Lemony Fresh Clean

Lemon is one of my favorite scents. It reminds me of sunshine and makes me happy! For that reason, I always keep lemon hand soap in the kitchen and sometimes use other lemon scented products as well. For quite some time now, I’ve had Pacifica Ocean CitrusPacifica Ocean Citrus Body Wash Body Wash in my shower. I mainly use it in the mornings because I find it to be very uplifting. The lemon scent puts me in a good mood for the day!

I haven’t used very many of Pacifica’s body care products, but I think the Ocean Citrus Body Wash is my favorite so far. If you’re like me and love lemon scented products, you may also enjoy the other three products in Pacifica’s Ocean Citrus collection. There’s a shimmer body lotion, body scrub, and even a body/pillow mist. All of those products sound amazing to me and I’m tempted to buy them all!

Pacifica Ocean Citrus Body Wash product description from PacificaBeauty.com

An uplifting aromatherapy blend of fresh lemons and a hint of vanilla to make your shower and bath your happy place!

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Other product details

  • Price: $10.00
  • Net weight: 12 oz. | 355 ml
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • 100% recycled plastic bottle
  • Formulated without parabens, phthalates, SLS, and mineral oil
  • Where to buy: PacificaBeauty.com and Amazon.com 
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  • Overall rating: 9.4/10
    • Packaging: 10/10
    • Cleansing: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Fragrance: 10/10
    • Price: 10/10

Packaging

Pacifica Ocean Citrus Body Wash, like most Pacifica products, is packaged beautifully. It comes in a plastic bottle with a convenient pump. I always prefer a pump for body wash so there’s no awkward fumbling with wet/soapy hands. The pump also makes it easy to get as much or as little body wash as I want! 

There are a couple of nice bonuses about this product’s packaging. The bottle is made from 100% recycled plastic. Also, it’s narrow to take up less space in the shower. I don’t know about you, but between my husband and I, there’s a lot of stuff in my shower and I appreciate products that have a smaller footprint.

Cleansing

This body wash does an excellent job of getting me squeaky clean from neck to toe (because you know I’m not using body wash on my face!). A little goes a long way with this body wash. A small amount creates a rich lather that makes me feel extra clean. 

I know a lot of people see “foaming” as a bad thing with body washes because that property often indicates that the formula is overly harsh and might strip moisture from the skin. Fortunately, I don’t find that to be the case with this body wash. While it makes me feel very clean, it never makes my skin feel dry. 🙂

Ingredients

I’m not as concerned with the ingredients in my body care products as I am for skincare (going on my face), but it’s still worth taking a look. Those with sensitive skin especially should check the ingredients to make sure there aren’t any potentially irritating ingredients. 

Sometimes ingredients reveal unexpected things about a product. That was the case for me when researching this product’s ingredients. Here’s the full ingredient list:

aqua, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, parfum*, allantoin, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower/leaf/stem extract, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), laminaria digitata (sea kelp) extract, chamomile recutita (matricaria) flower extract, camellia sinensis (white tea) extract, arnica montana flower extract, sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate, panthenol, glycerin, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, ethylhexylglycerin

*proprietary aromatherapy blend with natural & essential oils

This is quite an interesting list of ingredients. There are several good skin-loving ingredients, but there are also four bad ones as well as several “neutral” ingredients that make the product work without harming or helping the skin. I’ll go over the good ingredients first (please note that my primary resources for ingredient information are INCI Decoder and Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary):

  • Aloe barbadensis leaf juice
    • Moisturizer
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Allantoin
    • Soothes and conditions skin
  • Ascorbic acid (a.k.a. L-ascorbic acid)
    • Purest and most researched form of vitamin C
    • Potent antioxidant
    • Evens and brightens skin tone
    • Boosts collagen production, which helps to keep skin smooth and firm
  • Laminaria digitata (sea kelp) extract (I assume this ingredient is behind the name “Ocean Citrus”)
    • Contains antioxidants
    • Nourishes and hydrates the skin
  • Chamomile recutita (matricaria) flower extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Skin-soothing
    • May cause a reaction in those that are aggravated by other plants in the daisy family (otherwise safe)
  • Camellia sinensis (white tea) extract
    • Antioxidant
  • Panthenol (provitamin B5)
    • Moisturizer
    • Humectant
  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer

Can you guess which ingredient I’m most excited about? Definitely ascorbic acid! I love vitamin C in skincare and I’m very happy to see it in this body wash, too! I’m pleasantly surprised to see that Pacifica chose to use ascorbic acid instead of a vitamin C derivative. Ascorbic acid is one of the most unstable skincare ingredients, but it’s also very effective when formulated and packaged well. You can find more information about ascorbic acid in my recent post on vitamin C in skincare

While vitamin C is the star of the show in my eyes, I’m still pleased to see these other ingredients that are so good for the skin. The moisturizing ingredients are especially good to see since skin gets extra dry this time of year. 

Now for the not so good ingredients…most products I review only have one or two ingredients that I consider to be “bad,” but this one unfortunately has four:

  • Sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate
    • Cleansing agent with high cleaning power
    • Strong foaming property
    • Harsh on skin
  • Parfum
    • Fragrance blend consisting of natural and essential oils (specific oils are not disclosed)
    • Potentially irritating, especially for those with sensitive skin
  • Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower/leaf/stem extract
    • Fragrance
    • Potentially irritating, especially for those with sensitive skin
  • Arnica montana flower extract
    • Some sources claim it has an anti-inflammatory property
    • May cause skin irritation

Of these four ingredients, I am most bothered by the fragrance ingredients. Normally fragrance is lower on the list, meaning that the concentration is low. In this case, both fragrance ingredients are in the top half of the list. I’m not sure why these ingredients aren’t farther down the list to minimize risk of irritation. I have been fortunate with this product and have never experienced any irritation.

Sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate is the ingredient responsible for that pleasant foam I mentioned earlier in the review. Unfortunately, this is the kind of ingredient that can be quite drying. Luckily, the hydrating ingredients included in the formula help to offset that harshness. As for the arnica montana flower extract, I think it’s far enough down the list that it’s not too concerning.

Lastly, the “neutral” ingredients I mentioned are a solvent (water), gentle surfactants, and preservatives. These are all safe and support the formula.

Fragrance

I absolutely love the lemony scent of this body wash. It makes showers more fun! If you like lemon scented products, I can almost guarantee that you will enjoy this product.

Pacifica describes Ocean Citrus Body Wash as smelling like lemons with a hint of vanilla. Honestly, I don’t pick up on the vanilla, but you might! I don’t have the most discerning sense of smell.

The only thing I wish was different about the scent of this product, is that it could linger on the skin after it’s washed off. Unfortunately, once it’s down the drain the lovely lemon scent is gone. That’s true of most body washes, though! To get more lemony goodness after showering, you could also use the Ocean Citrus Body Lotion and Ocean Citrus Body & Pillow Mist.

Price

Pacifica Ocean Citrus Body Wash is very reasonably priced at only $10.00. There are a lot of body washes at the drugstore that you can pick up for well under $10.00. However, most of them are not cruelty-free or vegan. Also, I can almost guarantee that most of them can’t compete with Pacifica on ingredients or fragrance. 

I also feel that this body wash is a good value because a little really does go a long way. A bottle of this body wash will last you quite a while.


I’ve had this bottle of Pacifica Ocean Citrus Body Wash in my shower for months now and I still enjoy it very much! I think this may be my favorite body wash I’ve ever owned. Once I’ve used it up, I’m not sure if I’ll repurchase it, or try one of Pacifica’s other body washes. In addition to Ocean Citrus, Pacifica makes Cannabis Flower, Lavender Moon, Coconut Cream, and Strawberry Peach body washes. Strawberry Peach sounds great to me!

If you enjoy lemon scented products like I do, I highly recommend that you try this product. In my opinion, it checks all the boxes for a good body wash! Unfortunately, I do think it would be best for those with very sensitive skin to skip this product for reasons explained above in the ingredients section.

Which body wash is your favorite? Have you tried any from Pacifica? Let me know in the comments below!

Lauren

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