The Hunt for the Perfect Tinted Moisturizer: The Results!

natural tinted moisturizers and beauty balms feat

Now that I’ve spent a few weeks trying out some of the best-rated, most-recommended natural tinted moisturizers and beauty balms, it’s about time I share my findings with you, right?

natural tinted moisturizers and beauty balms via @poorandpretty

First, a quick note about ratings. Mine are based on a scale of 0-5, 5 being the best and 0 the worst. I evaluated them on toxicity, color, coverage, texture, absorption, scent, and price. And it of course should not be tested on animals. The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep Cosmetics Database and the Think Dirty app rate toxicity from 0-10, with 0 being the least toxic and 10 the most toxic.

1. derma e BB Crème, Light Tint. My Rating: 0/5
I had to remove this because it did not absorb well at all! It was very streaky and made my skin look dry. It has a medicinal sunscreen scent, which I attribute to the high presence of zinc oxide.

  • EWG Rating: 2/10
  • Think Dirty Rating: N/A
  • Vegan? Yes.
  • Price: $39.50 (2 oz) = $19.75/oz

2. Andalou Naturals All-In-One Beauty Balm Sheer Tint SPF 30My Rating: 5/5
My initial reaction when I squeezed this from the tube is that it was a little thick, but it spreads well and absorbs very nicely. It smells citrusy, and I could see some people being turned off by that, but I like the smell, similar to my favorite sunscreen. I can see others being bothered by the scent though. It gives my skin a nice summery glow, which I love! Plus, it’s very reasonably priced. Definitely my favorite. It’s also gluten-free for those with gluten intolerance.

  • EWG Rating: 1/10
  • Think Dirty Rating: 3/10
  • Vegan? Yes.
  • Price: $20 (2 oz) = $10/oz

3. Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer, Ivory. My Rating: 3/5
This didn’t offer much coverage; it acts more like a sunscreen than a tinted moisturizer. It was a little more difficult to spread and absorb, probably because of the zinc oxide. Maybe a darker tint would have different results, but it probably would have been too dark for me.

  • EWG Rating: 1/10
  • Think Dirty Rating: 0/10
  • Vegan? Yes.
  • Price: $29 (2 oz) = $14.50/oz

4. 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer, Creme. My Rating: 4/5
I want to love this one so much — it absorbs well, offers great coverage — but it’s too orangey! I love that it’s tinted with fruits rather than micas.

  • EWG Rating: N/A
  • Think Dirty Rating: 4/10
  • Vegan? Yes.
  • Price: $35 (1.7 oz) = $20.59/oz

5. Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB CreamMy Rating: 2/5
This was a little too dark for my skin, but spread evenly and offered decent coverage. But wowza! — rated 7 in Think Dirty! Pacifica does not disclose their fragrance ingredients, they just say “fragrance (all natural)” which makes me a little skeptical. If it was natural, I’d think they would disclose the essential oils used.

  • EWG Rating: N/A
  • Think Dirty Rating: 7
  • Vegan? Yes
  • Price: $16 (1 oz) = $16/0z

So there you have it! I hope this will help out anyone else looking for the right all-natural tinted moisturizer, but please keep in mind that your skin is different from mine and therefore you may experience different results.

What else would you like to see me test?

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Monarch Workshop + Free Printables

Monarch Workshop feature via @poorandpretty

Monarch Workshop 2015 via @poorandpretty

I took the day yesterday to let the weekend’s events settle over me, and I’m still coming down from the incredible high that was Monarch Workshop. There were so many wonderful, inspiring, creative women all in one room — it felt like home. It was home. Finally! I don’t have to travel to New York, San Francisco, or some other distance to find my kindred sisters.

Photo Booth - Monarch Workshop via @poorandpretty

It was two days of crafting, learning, yoga, networking, photo booth-ing (I’m with Melissa of the Haven Collective & Vintanthromodern Vintage and Bethany of Twenty Something Plus above), delicious food by Whisk + Brush, and lots and lots of hugs in Bananaland, Bridgeport. It was crazy cool women like Michelle Bablo who said “fuck this job” time and time again until she finally created her own kick-ass business as a “professional magic maker, gold fringe enthusiast & designer of colorful parties.”

Dream Team Q+A Panel - Monarch Workshop via @poorandpretty

And Katharine Marino of YogaKat Fitness, who is probably the most loving, calm person I have ever met. She taught us to love our bodies, shake out negativity, and be present. She had us all pick out little wisdom cards and think about how we can apply them to our lives. Mine said “do what’s simple,” which is kind of perfect because I overanalyze and overcomplicate everything.

Do What's Simple - Monarch Workshop via @poorandpretty

There was Nutritionist Debra Wolf who played us hilarious clips from Portlandia and showed us how to love our bodies from the inside out with healthy eating (and also: we consume far too much sugar).

Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom - Monarch Workshop via @poorandpretty

And crafter and textile guru Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom who left me with my greatest takeaway: own your path.

Monarch - Own Your Path doodle via @poorandpretty

Because my initial jot-down of this quote really doesn’t do justice to how much it resonated within me, I had to fancy it up a bit. I’ve designed it into two different printables/computer wallpapers:

Monarch-Own-Your-Path-wallpaper-1-via-@poorandpretty

Monarch-Own-Your-Path-wallpaper-2-via-@poorandpretty

Right click and save either image above to use it as a desktop wallpaper. You can also download higher resolution files to print and frame: download butterfly printable | download dots printable | download everything | these are large files and may take a while to download. :)

Photo Booth 2 - Monarch Workshop via @poorandpretty

I am so grateful to Jessica of The Confetti Bar and Latanya of Sprinkles & Booze for introducing me to this crowd of incredible creators. I’ve never felt so understood and accepted. I will be seeing a lot more of them that’s for sure! I’ve already begun to take what I’ve learned and work on myself and my future as a kick-ass entrepreneur.

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Celebrate Spring with 23 Floral DIYs

23 floral DIYs

Happy first day of spring!! It doesn’t quite feel like it here in Connecticut just yet, but I know it’s only a matter of time. I’ve found a few ways to fill our home with flowers, even if they aren’t blooming yet.

1. Botanical Napkin Rings via Terrain. Brighten up your tablescape with these easy to make floral napkin rings. This tutorial uses real flowers, but you can substitute fake ones if, like me, you live in what has apparently become the arctic zone.

2. Floral Wall Backdrop via I Spy DIY. I love the floral backdrop trend! I know the blooms will only last a few days before they wilt, but aren’t they so pretty?

3. DIY kate spade Floral Necklace via Bromeliad. Hmm… pay $300 for a necklace or make it yourself for under $20? ;)

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - tissue paper pompoms

4. Tissue Paper Pom-Poms via Poor & Pretty. These have become a permanent fixture in our kitchen, and I always get compliments when we have people over. My response? “They’re so easy to make! Don’t ever buy them!” Seriously. Buying them is a rip-off, and you’re far too crafty and clever for that.

5. Fresh Flower Love Sign via Sugar & Cloth. I can’t get over how lovely this simple little sign is!

6. DIY Pressed Flower iPhone Case via The Etsy Blog. These remind me of the pressed flower bookmarks Suzi and I used to make with our Nana when we were little. :)

7. DIY Fresh Flower Framed Mirror via Paper & Stitch. How perfect would these be as a wedding day photography prop?! If I were putting this in my house, I’d want to use fake flowers because it would be such a shame to see them wilt after all that hard work!

8. Floral Spring Wreath via Dwell Beautiful. Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas, you know!

9. Tissue Paper Flower Garland via A Subtle Revelry. Here’s another pretty way to string up tissue paper pom-poms.

10. Magnetic Fridge Vases via Woods of Bell Trees. Leftover nail polish bottles + magnets = awesome new fridge decorations.

11. Sugared Blooms via Terrain. These would be so pretty on top of homemade cupcakes or pies! Just make sure to use edible, (and pesticide-free) flowers like roses or violas.

12. DIY Spring Flower Crowns via Green Wedding Shoes. Be the queen of spring in these ranunculusly gorgeous floral crowns. (See what I did there?)

13. Fitzgerald Floral Embroidery Kit via For The Makers. I love my monthly For The Makers kits and this one evokes springtime year-round.

14. DIY Floral Letters via Honestly YUM. I would like to X and O Erica of HonestlyWTF for this beautiful floral arrangement tutorial.

15. Giant Fresh Flower Ampersand via Paper & Stitch. I see your floral X and O and I raise you an &!

16. Flowers & Bees Paper Garlands via Highwalls. Here’s another great garland, made from wrapping paper!

17. Tulip Pens via Muslin & Merlot. Remember having all sorts of crazy pens in middle school? Heidi of Muslin & Merlot is totally bringing ‘em back with her tulip pen tutorial.

18. Giant Wall Flowers via You Are My Fave. Stan might start seeing these bloom all over the house soon…

19. Fresh Flower Hair Bows via I Spy DIY. The perfect garden party hair accessory? I think so.

20. Iron-Transfer Floral Duvet Cover via Design*Sponge. I know this tutorial is meant for college living, but I think this duvet cover would look beautiful in any bedroom.

21. Floral Stamp Greeting Card via Deb Duty. I’m not much of a paper crafter, but this handmade greeting card is just too pretty!

22. DIY Floral Necklace via Green Wedding Shoes. Another beautiful (fresh) take on floral necklaces.

23. Paper Cut Inspired Wall Hanging via Poppy Talk. A daily reminder to love what you do — and if you don’t, it’s time to do what you love.

What are some of your favorite springtime crafts?

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5 Beauty Benefits of Green Tea

Green Tea Beauty Benefits feature

Hello, I’m Sami and I have a tea addiction. Black, green, white, oolong, herbal… you name it, I’ve got it. I drink it straight or make chai lattes in the winter and matcha green tea ice cream in the summer. Studies have shown antioxidant-rich teas can help prevent a boatload of health issues from cancers to heart disease, and they have some pretty great beauty benefits too!Green Tea Beauty Benefits via @poorandpretty

1. Reduces puffiness. Don’t have cucumber slices handy? You can use leftover green tea bags (chilled) for the same eye de-puffing effect.

2. Revives tired skin. The natural catechins (antioxidants with killer free radical-fighting powers) found in green tea promote healthy cell turnover to restore UV damaged or dying skill cells.

3. Prevents wrinkles. In addition to revitalizing skin cells, catechins also prevent cell damage before it begins by blocking enzymes that cause skin wrinkling.

4. Tightens pores. Apply cold green tea to your face with a cotton ball (or a spritzer) to shrink large pores and give your skin a healthy glow.

5. Toner. Green tea on its own makes an excellent toner because it tightens pores (see above), moisturizes, and provides an antioxidant boost. That’s why green tea extract is an essential ingredient in my Rose & Tea Facial Toner.

Rose Tea Facial Toner 2

Want to get more green tea in your beauty routine? Try my Rose & Tea Facial Toner and Green Tea Salt Scrub.

Green Tea Salt Scrub 8oz teacup

Available in 4oz or 8oz, my Green Tea Salt Scrub combines green tea extract and matcha powder as a powerful antioxidizing and anti-aging duo. Paired with Dead Sea and Epsom salts, this lightly scented scrub exfoliates and remineralizes skin and soothes eczema. When used on the face, it tightens pores and diminishes puffiness and redness.

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February Vegan Cuts Beauty Box Review

Vegan Cuts Beauty Box February feat

With all of the beauty testing I’ve been doing over the years, I decided it was about time I signed up for a beauty box. After lots of research, I chose the cruelty-free Vegan Cuts Beauty Box. Here’s a peek into my first box and a few of my thoughts:

Vegan Cuts Beauty Box February numbered via @poorandpretty

1. Phenomen-all Skin Repair by Alexandria Professional. I used this at night after washing my face before bed. It’s very oily and took a while to absorb so I don’t think it will work well under makeup. The smell was a bit of a turn-off for me (I’m not a fan of sesame oil), but it did seem to keep my skin well hydrated during the end of this rough New England winter.

2. Scalp Detox by Balanced Guru. This one is a bit of a mystery to me. My scalp had never been a problem before, but it’s been pretty dry and itchy this winter. So, I decided to try this out. The directions on the bottle are pretty vague, and the website provided no additional information: Use dropper to apply directly onto scalp and gently massage with finger tips. No need to rinse. Okay, but how much do I use? Should I use it when my hair is wet or dry? Is it better for an itchy/dry or oily scalp? Even Googling around for other reviews produced nothing! It does smell incredible though, lemony and herbal. I’m not sure it’s had any effect on my dome, but other reviewers say that it’s been great for those with normally dry/itchy skin or eczema on their scalp.

3. Fresh – Mild Rice Facial Cleanser by Blissoma. Filled with nourishing ingredients like Apricot Kernal Oil, Brown Rice, Willowbark and Marshmallow extracts (plus way more), this is a great mild cleanser for those with particularly sensitive or dry skin. I’ve enjoyed using it on my unusually dry skin these past few weeks of winter.

4. Organic Sweet Chair Lip Scrub by Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques. This smell, on the other hand, was amazing. It’s like fall in a tiny jar. It smells just like a delicious chai latte and tastes sweet and cinnamon-y. It exfoliated my dry lips and left them smooth and supple.

5. Audrey Lipstick by Red Apple Lipstick. I love this color! It’s the perfect mix of pink and red. I don’t wear lipstick often, but I have been wearing this quite a bit because it gives my lips a nice color without being too loud (see below – top photo is me without anything on my lips and the bottom photo is me wearing Audrey). It stays on well and really does moisturize! Not only is it vegan, it’s also free of gluten, soy, parabens, and allergens.

Red Apple Lipstick in Audrey via @poorandpretty

Overall, I’m pretty happy with my first box. It exposed me to 5 brands I hadn’t previously heard of and products I may never have tested out if they weren’t in this box. I can’t wait for this month’s!

Do you subscribe to any beauty boxes? Where do you go to find cruelty-free nontoxic beauty?

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