Natural beauty and well-being

29 March 2016

Taking care of my skin with Beauty by Earth skincare line

Beauty by Earth is a US beauty company that contacted me a few weeks ago to see if I was interested in discovering some of their products. They offered me to pick two of their products.
You all know my love for the cleansing Konjac sponge (see here), so I obvsiouly picked their Konjac sponge. The second item I choose is their facial sunscreen SPF 20. Protecting my skin against UV rays is really important and despite loving the SPF moisturiser from Mychelle Dermaceuticals (see here), I was tempted to test this one. Read below what I think!




Konjac sponge ($14.00 for 2)
Konjac sponges have a really spectacular effect on my skin. I already mentionned not long ago that I use the Beauty by Earth Konjac sponge in my evening cleansing routine (see here). Soft yet effective, the Konjac sponge helps to cleanse without being too abrasive. And the latter is the key point: cleansing your face without irritating it or overexfoliating is crucial. This Konjac Sponge really helps to balance my skin and restore radiance. Easy to use, I only have to damp in a bit of water and it will drink up until it reaches a very nice round shape. I then massage. I usually used the sponge as a 2nd cleanse, with water only.

Composition: 100% Konjac glucomannan for the white sponge/ 99% Konjac glucomannan.

Facial sunscreen SPF 20* ($19.00 for 60ml)
The first thing I notice is the packaging: the sunscreen is housed in a dark flacon - there is nothing better to protect the delicate ingredients it contains! Unfortunately, the pump that delivers the cream has a little problem and does not work, which is a bit annoying and makes the application not really practical. Aside from this technical issue, I am happy to confess that this white and onctuous cream has been my skin's best friend for many weeks now. In addition to its great sun proctection, the cream has a very calming and antiseptic effect due to the presence of  Zinc oxideIt contains some really nice soothing ingredients such as Aloe veraSunflower oil and glycerin plus a few skin loving extracts such as Cucumber and Gingko Biloba extracts. I find the formula quite clean and I am really impressed by the end result. The general look of my skin seems improved.
Application-wise, the cream requires a few minutes to be properly absorbed so I always wait an additional 2/3 min before applying make-up.
 The only thing I could easily criticize is that the SPF is "only" 20. Although the protection difference between SPF 20 and SPF 30 is only a few percentage (SPF 20 blocks around 93% UVB and SPF 30 blocks 97%), my preference always goes for the higher number. 

Composition: organic Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf juice, fractionated coconut oil, sorbitan sesquiolate, vegetable glycerin, glyceryl stearate SE, organic Helianthus anuus (Sunflower) oil, organic Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil, Ricinus communis (Castor) seed oil, organic Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf extract, magnesium sulphate, ascorbyl glucoside (vitamin C), xanthan gum, organic Argania spinosa kernel (Argan) oil, organic Cucumis sativus (Cucumber) fruit extract, organic Gingko biloba extract, radish root ferment filtrate, essential oil.

As an overall, I am really happy with Beauty by Earth sunscreen. Not cheap and not crazy luxurious either, it is definitely a product I could see myself regularly purchasing. 

Wanting more information, check their website here. Their pure Aloe vera gel is next on my shopping list by the way!
PS: and I forgot to write about their lip balm which is absolutely fantastic for the lips!

What do you think? have your tried Beauty by Earth?

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08 March 2016

My french green beauty wishlist

Although winter is still full on, I had already the pleasure to see some yellow and purple crocus already blossoming...which reminded me that spring may not be too far away. On that positive note (at least for me), I want to share today some of the french skincare, bodycare and haircare goodies that I am eager to test very soon! Take little notes if you are a french beauty lover!



Skincare

Odaites - Pure Aloe vera wonder makeup remover (€26.00 for 150ml) promises to gently lift away all make-up and daily grime and to leave your skin soft as a baby skin. Mediterranean scent, ultra moisturising fomula: I can't wait to put my hands on this one.


Indemme - Unexpected lotion (€21.95 for 50ml) is a powerful cocktail of botanical oils and 7 spicy essential oils that will help to fight blemishes/imprefections. Perfect for troubled skins or during ocassional breakouts. Super handy SOS potion!

Beauty Garden - Pumpkin facial mask (€19.50 for 50ml) is one of those masks that act as a quick cocooning fix for the skin. Packed with Pumpkin juice, the texture looks so yummy! I can't wait to try it.


Bodycare

Bomoi - Concentrated soap past (€22.00 for 150g) is probably the most original product of the selection. Designed to clean hand, body and hair, this product is enriched with Avocado, green Mate and basilicum. I am unclear of what the texture looks like, nevertheless I am all up to discover it.

Huygens - Summery dreams bath oil (€42.90 for 100ml) is a beautiful oil "made in Paris" which transforms into a silky milk in the bath. It stimulates tonicity and relaxation while delicately perfumed the skin with a fresh Bergamot scent. I need this one!

Haircare

Lamazuna - Solid shampoo (€12.50) is a higly raved green and vegan solid shampoo. Funky, design, practical and no waste. It is worth a good 2 bottles of shampoo and is supposed to leave your hair super clean. All what I dream of!

Bio by biot - Detoxifying hair mask (€38.00) is formulated for all types of hair and aims to stimulate and oxygenate the scalp thanks to a couple of exotic plant oils. The super Mint scent brings freshness. Well, if you are not tempted...I am!


I hope you enjoyed my little selection. Anything you would be tempted to have?
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