Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Haul: Mineralogics Mineral Makeup

Just got a big E-Bay haul in of mineral makeup. This is Mineralogics. I couldn't find out much about the product ingredients prior to purchasing, so I was taking a big chance, but the price was right (i.e. cheap).

My entire haul shipped was around $40, but prices in the ML E-Bay store have gone up. They also sell these products on the Mineralogics.net website. Prices below are taken from the website.
I believe the brushes are goat hair, but I'll know for sure when I wash them (the stink). Everything comes in a sifter container except for the eye shadows, those are full to the top. I will be pressing them over the weekend.

SPF 15 Foundation
Size: 8 grams, .28 oz
Price: $6.95
Ingredients: Mica, Zinc Stearate, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Imidazolindinyl Urea, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Glutathione, Green Tea. May contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Maganese Violet.

Size: 4 grams, .14 oz
Price: $3.95
Ingredients: Mica, Zinc Stearate, Zinc Oxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Imidazolindinyl Urea, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Glutathione, Green Tea. May contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Maganese Violet.

Eye Shadow
Size: 1.2 grams, .04 oz
Price: $3.95
Ingredients: Mica, Zinc Stearate, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Imidazolindinyl Urea, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Glutathione, Green Tea. May contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Maganese Violet.

Size: 3.6 grams, .13 oz
Ingredients: Castor Oil + ingredients in other products.

Price: $1.95 - $6.95
Goat hair?

Monday, September 29, 2008

Spell Cosmetics VIP 30% - Tuesday & Wednesday

They finally got me! 30% off Spell Cosmetics and free shipping when you buy their VIP card for $12. This is only for two days. After that, you get 25% off purchases and free shipping.

I've been on the fence on buying one of these cards for a few weeks, but 30% off was more than even I could take. You also get a free shirt when you buy the card. They didn't have a size for me, so they are swapping out with a product. Pretty sweet!

The Body Shop Mineral Makeup

I know that some of you are big fans of The Body Shop. I liked them too, until I started reading the product labels. I gave away or sold hundreds of dollars of their products. OUCH! I'm still on their e-mail list though and like a moth to a flame, had to go window shopping on their site.

I was surprised to see that they now offer their own line of Mineral Makeup. No Bismuth or other itchy additives. They use Mediterreanan clay which might be helpful for giving oily skin a matte finish throughout the day.

Their mineral offerings look like the very standard fare at around twice the price you would pay for minerals at one of the Indie shops, very limited color selection as well. I looked all over but could never find the sizing for the pots. I have no idea how much product is actually included.

Foundation: $25
Size: ??
Availability: 6 shades
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (24.4%).
Ingredients: Kaolin, Illite. May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides.

Blush: $18
Size: ??
Availability: 4 shades
Ingredients: Mica, Illite. [+/- CI 77491, CI 77891, CI 77499, CI 77492].

Eyeshadow: $13
Size: ??
Availability: 6 Fall colors
Ingredients: Mica, Illite. [+/- CI 77891, CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492].

Eyeshadow brush: $15, Blush Kabuki: $18, Foundation Kabuki: $26

Sunday, September 28, 2008

GDA: Rite Aid Maybelline B1G1F

I always check the Sunday sale papers and noticed that Rite Aid has B1G1F on their Maybelline products. I really recommend their Colossal Mascara (Big Yellow). I would avoid their mineral makeup. Although Paraben Free, they do contain microminerals which can cause their own problems.

I checked out Walgreens and CVS as well, all of their sale offerings were dripping with Parabens.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

FAQs: Clarifications and My Mug

I've been receiving questions on this blog and over on my YouTube channel about why I don't like particular companies and rave about others. I just had to disable ratings on several of my Paraben Free videos over at YouTube because someone went through and gave everything one star. I have a good idea who did this. Truthful opinions about products can be bad for business.

I'm an average woman who loves makeup, only I read the product labels. If a company is selling products full of Parabens and other chemicals, I'm going to call them on it. I've called BS on many companies and product lines I have been loyal to for years. As for the Paraben Free products I may give poor ratings to, that's my opinion. That's money out of my pocket for a sub-standard product, and I am going to share my experience so the next person can make an informed decision. There are some very good Paraben Free product lines and mineral makeup product lines, there are also some clunkers. I would rather you not spend your money on the clunkers, it's that simple.

Q: Where do you get the products that you write about here and on YouTube?
A: I buy them myself. There are a few things that I do get through Makeup Alley product swaps (trading out Paraben items), but most I buy either in drugstores, Meijer, or online.

Q: Do companies give you kickbacks or special discounts for talking about them?
A: Nope. I don't actively tell companies that I am writing about their products. There have been a couple who have found my videos and blog, but they only thanked me for sharing my opinion. I
don't receive any discounts, free items to try, or any other incentive to give a positive review. I sign up for product e-mails, newsletters, etc. on websites and usually bite when they send me notification of a sale - just like every other customer.

Q: Why don't you show your face on your videos or have photos of yourself on the blog?
A: Well, you aren't missing anything by not seeing my face! I do have a photo up on my YouTube page. I use my camera and my cell phone for videos and photos and neither are especially good quality. I really need a webcam and a better camera so I can show color swatches. Maybe Santa will be generous this year...

Spackling in 1984. Oh, the PARABENS!!!!

GDA: Big Lots Makeup Brushes

I hit Big Lots today in search of a line of makeup brushes I saw reviewed on YouTube by EmilyNoel83 and Raine. They didn't have the exact brushes that were reviewed, but I think I did pretty well. Two new makeup brushes for $2.
One brush was a baby kabui face brush by Studio Basics and the other a concealer brush by Essential Tools. Although these are different brand names, they both belong to the same mother company, ParisPresents.com. They also make a line of eco makeup tools, although I haven't seen that one in a store yet.

Both of these bear a STRONG resemblance to the Essence of Beauty brush line that is carried exclusively at CVS, for a fraction of the price. The baby kabuki is natural hair and feels just like my goat hair kabuki. The concealer brush is stiff but soft and is synthetic. Definitely a steal. Not all Big Lots will carry these, but swing by the makeup aisle just in case.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Disappointing Products: Pur Minerals

'Beauty - pur and simple'? Not so much. I saw a forum posting about a sale and zipped over to the website to check it out. I was willing to overlook that their products are overpriced because I have seen good reviews on Pur. Then I started reading their ingredients lists. I do give them a thumbs up for an ingredients listing on all of their products. Unfortunately, most everything I looked at has Parabens and/or Bismuth - which is an allergen for a lot of people (including myself) that can cause redness and insane itching.

Pur Radiance Mineral Powder Makeup - $22.50

Ingredients: Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Boron Nitride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben May Contain: Mica CI 77019, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491/CI 77492/CI 77499, Carmine CI 75470

4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation With SPF 15 - $24.50

Active Ingredient: Titanium Dioxide 8%; Inactive Ingredients: Mica, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Bismuth Oxychloride, Zinc Stearate, Magnesium Silicate, Magnesium Carbonate, Silica, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Tocopheryl Acetate, Iron Oxides

Pout Plumping Lip Gloss: Mineral Lip Gloss - $15

Ingredients: Polybutene, Mineral Oil, Lanolin Oil, Petrolatum, Propylene Glycol, Beeswax, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Fragrance, Tocopherol Acetate, Propylparaben, BHA, Sodium Saccharin. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Iron Oxides

You get the drift. The only product line I found that didn't have Parabens was their eye shadow, and those do contain Bismuth. Always remember to look at the ingredients list when buying products!
Excuse me while I scratch...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

New Product: L'oreal Bare Naturale Mascara

Store: Walgreens
Price:$9.99, .16 oz.
Ingredients: Water - Aqua , Beeswax - Cera Alba , Carnauba Wax - Cera Carnauba , Acacia Senegal Gum , Stearic Acid , Alcohol Denat , Palmitic Acid , Triethanolamine , Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil , Hydroxyethylcellulose , Phenoxyethanol , Aminomethyl Propanediol , Panthenol , Sodium Polymethacrylate , Simethicone , BHT , Polyquaternium-10 , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice , Tocopherol , Iron Oxides - CI 77499 - CI 77492 - CI 77491 - May Contain , Mica - May Contain , Bismuth Oxychloride - CI 77163 - May Contain , Carmine - CI 75470 - May Contain , Ultramarines - CI 77007 - May Contain , Chromium Oxide Greens - CI 77288 - May Contain , Chromium Hydroxide Green - CI 77289 - May Contain , Titanium Dioxide - CI 77891 - May Contain , Ferric Ferrocyanide - CI 77510

I don't buy L'oreal because of their animal testing (and most of their products are full of Parabens), but I wanted to share that they have a Paraben Free mascara on the market, Bare Naturale. I haven't seen any reviews on it and won't purchase this, but if I find a review, I will drop a link to it.

Clever Product: Loose Mineral Makeup Compact

What's old is new again. I own a couple of antique powder compacts. These are loose powder compacts that have a screen to keep the powder from going everywhere and to dispense a little at a time using a puff. I have these more for beauty than functionality so I went in search of a modern version to replace my paraben-filled drugstore compact. I found this one over at LureBeauty for $9.99.

From the website:

"This compact with mirror is GREAT for traveling around with your mineral foundation or setting powder. You can comfortably fit mineral foundation up to 8 grams (you may be able to fit more but we don't like to put any more than 8 grams ourselves). This is great for your purse; just twist open and put your minerals in the bottom, then twist the top back on. There are sifter holes so that you can use just the right amount of minerals; comes with a makeup buffing sponge & mirror."

I will probably buy one of these. I like that you just screw the top off and fill it up. A little iffy on how much product may come out while in my purse, but I guess it will be okay as long as I don't roll it down the stairs. I really prefer this version with a puff that can be washed and replaced over those jars with the puffs attached. I don't see these being very hygienic.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Spell Cosmetics VIP Pass - 25% + Free Shipping

I received an e-mail yesterday from Spell Cosmetics. Their VIP card is $12 a year and now good for 25% off products along with free shipping (and a free t-shirt). That's up from a previous 20%. Great deal! They have superfast shipping. I've had items ship the same day that I ordered.

I really recommend their lip glosses. I have been reviewing all the Paraben Free lip glosses I can find and these are still at the top of my list. I use Smitten Kitten throughout the day and even put some Rae before I go to bed. $7.99
before VIP discount.

I am going to check out their lipsticks next. Half the price I have seen elsewhere. They are in some very fancy looking tubes as well. Swank! $7.99 before VIP discount.

Along with the usual fashion colors, they also have a fire engine pin-up red called 'Rosso' and for your everyday Goth needs, 'Immortal'. It's described as 'a wearable licorice with Plum undertones'. It looks pretty cool and just in time for Halloween, Samhaim and those 'Addams Family' urges.

Think Before You Pink - Beware of 'Pinkwashers'

Pinkwasher: (pink’-wah-sher) noun. A company that purports to care about breast cancer by promoting a pink ribbon campaign, but manufactures products that are linked to the disease.

The Think Before You Pink website has some excellent information on brands and products who promote themselves as supporting breast cancer research while at the same time continuing to use chemicals in their products that CAUSE cancer. This is important regarding food and our daily products that use carcinogens.

Below is a snip from their article on cosmetics companies that give with one hand while poisoning with the other:

  • Avon markets itself as “the company for women,” claiming to be the largest corporate supporter of the breast cancer cause in the U.S. But many Avon products contain parabens, according to its own website (including Soy Milk Hand & Foot Therapy, Asian Pear with Ginseng Body Cream, Skin-So-Soft Moisturizing Hand Cream, and many others). Evidence suggests that young females with developing breast tissue are particularly vulnerable to the increased breast cancer risk associated with exposure to external estrogens. Last year, Avon launched a new cosmetics line called “mark,” aimed at young women ages 16 to 24. The company is recruiting teenagers as sales representatives in this program. For more information on Breast Cancer Action’s campaign, see the Follow the Money campaign.

    UPDATE: Avon will be removing dibutyl phthalates from its product lines. This is a small but important step by a corporate giant. It's important for the people Avon markets to, many of who are women of childbearing age, and it's important for future generations. BCA applauds this first step, and will continue to push Avon to remove other harmful ingredients from their products.

  • Revlon sponsors an annual 5K Run/Walk for Women that in part funds the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program—which, according to www.revlonrunwalk.com, works toward “the control and consequent elimination of women’s cancers.” Meanwhile, The Safe Shopper’s Bible warns against carcinogenic ingredients in several Revlon products, including Revlon Powder Crème Blush, Revlon Powder Crème Make-Up Pressed Powder Full Matte, and Revlon Colorsilk Salon Formula Ammonia-Free Haircolor.

    UPDATE: in EWG's Skin Deep report, products were assigned scores from 0–10 based on the health concerns associated with their ingredients, with 10 being of highest health concern. Over 80% of the Revlon products tested were rated 7.2 or higher. Revlon High Dimension 10 Minute Permanent Haircolor scored 9.6 and contains both known and suspected carcinogens.

  • Estée Lauder's Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), which states its mission as "prevention and a cure in our lifetime," sponsors breast cancer efforts such as the Global Landmarks Illumination Initiative, in which national landmarks such as the Mall of America are spotlighted in pink lights—an effort that is far more likely to generate positive publicity for Estée Lauder than it is to prevent any woman from developing breast cancer. Their products containing parabens include Polished Performance Liquid Makeup and Precision Lash Mascara, according to The Safe Shopper's Bible.

    UPDATE: Estée Lauder has announced it will reformulate its Clinique and MAC nail polishes to remove phthalates. BCA applauds this step, and will continue to push Estée Lauder to remove other harmful ingredients from their products.

  • Mary Kay, whose web site proclaims that the company’s charitable foundation is ”committed to eliminating cancers affecting women,” does not make it easy for consumers to find out if its products contain potentially harmful ingredients. It’s extremely difficult for a consumer to identify what is in Mary Kay products: the cosmetics are not available in stores, their product descriptions on the web site do not list ingredients, and repeated attempts to get information about product content from a sales representative were unsuccessful.

    UPDATE: After BCA began this project, Mary Kay representatives contacted us to let us know about an ingredient guide that is available on request. Call 1-800-MARYKAY for more information. Also, a concerned consumer sent us a web link to their product, which is housed on a part of their web site restricted to Mary Kay sellers only. The web link has since been made inactive, and the public and consumer part of their web site does not list this product guide. Lastly, in 2004, BCA co-sponsored important California legislation (AB 2012) regarding the public's right to know about carcinogenic and reproductive toxins in cosmetics and personal care products. Mary Kay was a vocal opponent of the bill.

I have tried Mary Kay product off and over the past 20 years. They always made my face burn, itch or break out. Makes you wonder exactly what they put in their products. I can't find an ingredients list anywhere on the web. Why do they work so hard to hide ingredients from potential customers?

What is BHT?

I was reading labels over at Avon and kept running across BHT on the ingredients lists. That name set off alarm bells, but I couldn't remember exactly what that chemical does and how it is harmful. Oh, boy! It's an antioxidant additive that keeps food and products from going rancid. It's also banned in several countries, accumulates in body fat and causes cancer in rats.

This info is from Wikipedia. Yet another nasty chemical in our daily products to avoid!

Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), also known as Butylhydroxytoluene, is a lipophilic (fat-soluble) organic compound that is primarily used as an antioxidant food additive (E number E321) as well as in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, jet fuels, rubber, petroleum products, and embalming fluid.

E320 or Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) is an additive that accumulates in the body fat. It is known to cause cancer in animals and disrupt the body’s hormone balance. Laboratory studies have shown BHT causes cancer and results in detrimental reproductive effects in rats. [2] It is banned in foods for infants and young children in Australia and has been banned in Japan since 1958. Official committees of experts recommended that it be banned in the UK, however because of industry pressure it was not. McDonald's eliminated BHT from their US products in 1986 due to the harmful effects.

Um, I'm going to have to pass on that nice, juicy mouthful of BHT lip balm product. Sorry, Avon!

Unexpectedly Good: Plus White Teeth Gel

Store: Walgreens
Price: $6.99, 3 oz
Ingredients: Water Aqua , Poloxamer 407 , Glycerin , Hydrogen Peroxide , Methyl Salicylate , Sodium Saccharin , Phosphoric Acid
Performance: 5/5
Overall Rating:5/5
My teeth will never be truly white unless I get veneers. I have tetracycline stains from antibiotics I took when I was a kid. The upside is that I have teeth of iron and my dentist attributes this to the drug, but I would prefer average white teeth. I have used Crest White Strips off and on since they came on the market, but they are just so expensive now. I used to pay $15, now they are over $30 for the same number of strips.

I was in Walgreens the other day reading some of their store brand labels when I ran across the Plus White 5 Minute Speed Whitening Gel. This was just the single tube and not the kit with the mouthwash and bit. I figured I would take a chance for $6.99. I have plastic mouth trays from other products and used the gel in those for uppers and lowers. The results were amazing! I put the trays in before my shower and took them out when I was ready to do makeup. Around 15 minutes total. My teeth were about 4 shades whiter. The same results would have taken the Crest Strips at least a week to accomplish. I am very pleased with this product and recommending it to anyone with darkened teeth. Obviously, the darker your teeth the better your results.

You can also put this directly onto your teeth with a Q-tip. Just make sure you put a thin layer on. When I put it into my mouth trays, I don't do a single strip of product all the way across the tray. I put a dot in the front and one on each side. When I put the tray in my mouth, I move it back and forth a little to get it over all of my teeth. People who complain of swallowing product or it irritating their gums usually put way too much product on, so use just a little and build up if you need more.

Haul: Another Vitacost.com

Gasp! Yes, another Vitacost.com haul. I am totally and completely hooked on this website. They have such great organic, vegan and Paraben Free products - they include ingredient lists to read before you buy. Another huge selling point is that they have $4.99 FLAT rate shipping - which comes in handy because my stuff weighs a lot! My grand total shipped was $50.32.

Desert Organics Coconut Hand & Body Lotion. 8 oz, $4.92. This is one of my RECOMMENDED products. Try it!
Ingredients: Aqueous Infusion of Certified Organic Extracts: Passiflora Edulis (Passionflower) Fruit and Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Hibiscus) Flower, Certified Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Certified Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Glycerin, Certified Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Proprietary Blend of Essential Oils, Glyceryl Stearate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Emulsifying Wacx, Stearic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol. Potassium Glucamate.

Desert Essence Cleansing Bar Tea Tree Therapy. 3.5 oz, $1.65. I'm sitting here sniffing this one right now. I just love the antiseptic smell of Tea Tree Oil, and this bar is just alive with it.
Eco-Harvest™ Tea Tree Therapy Cleansing Bar is refreshingly therapeutic, providing inherent antiseptic Tea Tree Oil and moisture-enriched Jojoba Oil. This fine natural vegetable based soap soothes sensitive skin with aloe vera and leaves your skin clean and silky smooth.

Desert Essence Daily Essential Moisturizer. 4 oz, $3.03. Fantastic moisturizer, but BOO! Methyparaben. I completely missed it on the ingredients list. Even Princesses make mistakes. :-< Ingredients: purified water, glyceryl stearate, safflower oil, cetyl palmitate, jojoba oil, glycerin, aloe vera, sesame oil, cetyl alcohol (from vegetable source), methyparaben, essential oils.

Alba Un-Petroleum Lip Balm with SPF 18 Cherry. 2 0z, $1.89. Very smooth, great cherry smell, SPF and super cheap!
Ingredients: Padimate O, Oxybenzone in a base of castor oil, candelilla wax, beeswax, natural flavors, jojoba oil, lanolin usp, carnauba wax, olive oil, tocopheryl acetate and tocopherol ( vitamin E ), evening primrose oil, soybean oil and echinacea extract.

Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil Cleansing Pads. 50 pads, $3.30. These are highly rated on other websites. Can't wait to try them!
Other Ingredients: Witch hazel, †organic grain alcohol, eco-harvest tes tree oil (melaleuca alternifolia), †organic calendula, †organic chamomile german, †organic lavender spike & †organic lemongrass oil, extracts of chamomile, goldenseal, hawaiian white ginger & bladderwick & neem oil.

Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil & Neem Toothpaste. 7 oz $3.38. Fantastic taste. Tea Tree Oil and Neem is recommended for people with gum problems, so give this a shot if you have mouth problems.
Other Ingredients: Calcium carbonate, vegetable glycerin, purified water, Eco-Harvest™ tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia), neem extract, essential oil of wintergreen, baking soda, carrageenan (seaweed extract), sodium lauryl sulfate, sea salt.

Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil Mouthwash. 16 oz, $3.81. Essential oil of Spearmint and Organic Tree Tea Oil. I ordered two more bottles with this order!
Ingredients: Purified water, glycerin, polysorbate 80, organic tea tree oil*, aloe vera gel, witch hazel, distillate, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), calcium ascorbate, citric acid, essential oil of spearmint.

Grandpa's Thylox Acne Treatment Soap with Sulfur. 3.25 oz, $2.85. Never tried this, but it's highly rated. Sulfur is a common ingredient in topical acne medication.
Ingredients: Active Ingredients: Sulfur 3% Inactive Ingredients: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Cocoate*, Water, Glycerin, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Pentasodium Pentetate, Cosmetic Orange Oxide. *May also contain Sodium Palm Kernelate.

Earth Therapeutics Exfoliating Hydro Towel. $3.81. 3 Feet Long x 1 Foot Wide. I bought a super cheap version of this at Big Lots for $1 and really like it. The towel is big enough to stretch across your back for a good scrubbing. It feels like liquid sandpaper in the shower. You WILL be exfoliated after using this.

I also bought Tiger Balm Muscle Rub 2 oz, $3.99 and Xlear Nasal Spray with Xylitol 1.5 oz, $8.89.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Product Review: Simply Naturals Mineral Eye Shadow

Samples: None to purchase, baggies included with order
Full Size Products: $1.89
Shipping: (For Priority Mail)
Shipping cost is based on a flat amount method.
$0.01 USD - $9.99 ----> $5.95
$10.00 USD - $49.99 ---->$7.95
$50.00 USD - $99.99 ----> $14.95

Product Quality: 5/5
Turn Around Time: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

Simply Naturals sells multiple makeup items, but this review is specifically for their eye shadow. Their eye shadows are 5 gram pots and completely full to the top. There is no sifter and the product is packed in tightly. Excellent amount of product for $1.89.

All of the colors I purchased are rich and have a great shimmer. I plan on pressing these shadows (putting them in pans like regular shadow) and want to buy more. I have not found a better deal for the amount of product. But, the killer on this may be the shipping. The shipping charge is per $$$ spent instead of by weight. I would rather pay a little more per product, but I guess it evens out in the end. Even with the shipping, still the best eyeshadow deal around.

I purchased the Blackstar Collection along with several individual colors. You can see the video of these on my You Tube Channel.

Blackstar Gold, Blue, Green and Red
(fingers image from website).

Metallic Colors Collection

They also have an E-Bay store which may have better prices depending on how many items you are buying. Definitely worth a try if you like metallic eyeshadows.

Haul: Another Silk Naturals Haul

Got got my second Silk Naturals order in today! My order came in a cute silk drawstring bag along with another baggie of samples. Again, my shipping was just $2. Rock on!

My purchases include: Nars Orgasm dupe full size blush, a MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skin Finish dupe sample, a MAC Viva Glam V lipstick Kisser Slicker dupe, and a Sherry Warm Peachy Bronze Kisser Slicker.

Extra samples include: a Full Size Vineyard eye color - it's new so not on the website yet, nice smokey plum. A little baggie of Whipped Cream eye color, a little baggie of Lovelace (Nars Deepthroat dupe), and a swab of Tender lipstick. I think I had all of these samples in my cart at one time or another but didn't buy them in the end. Makes me think they know what you were thinking of buying and are tempting you further with samples. No complaints from me!

Lippies: Ingredients: Organic Castor, Avocado, and Jojoba Oil, Beeswax, Candelilla Wax, Caranuaba Wax, Mica, Titanium dioxide, iron oxides, carmine, flavor

Save 5% when you use the 'Friend' code at checkout on your first order.
Special offers for September:
Orders over $5.00 get a free bag of samples- there's a lippie sample, an eye shadow sample, and a blush sample baggie. You can keep them all to yourself, or share them with a friend!

Orders over $20 get a free LE eye shadow called Vineyard, and the bag of samples. It's a light, shimmery smokey plum with hints of blue, as well as green and tan shimmer. Vineyard was inspired by the grape harvest here in the Finger Lakes, and it's beautiful. It's a sophisticated dress up color that I like with green liner (Grassroots Green is my favorite with it- but they all work pretty well).

Orders over $40 get the samples, Vineyard, and a free eye shadow color of your choice!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Product Review: Silk Naturals Mineral Makeup

~ $1.25
Full Size Products: ~ $3.75 - $8.99
Shipping: First Class USPS - "Shipping starts at $2.75, and the most you will ever pay for shipping is $6.50."
Product Quality: 5/5
Turn Around Time: 5/5
Service: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

I received my sample order from Silk Naturals a few days ago and just can't say enough good things about the website or the owner, Karen. The products are outstanding and the samples are generous. I am thrilled that the shipping is based on weight. The shipping for my 3 blush samples and my lipstick was $2.00. Can you believe it?! The prices for full size products is also very reasonable.

The website has a line of popular clones; MAC, Bobbie Brown, Nars, etc. I immediately ordered a full size of their 'Climax' (Nars Orgasm) after receiving my sample. There is a forum on the website where you can speak with the owners and other Silk Naturals fans. You can even make requests for clone products that you want added to the inventory. THAT'S listening to the customers!