The Hunt for the Perfect Tinted Moisturizer: The Results!

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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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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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Israel’s Olea Essence: Olive Oil & Natural Skincare

Olea Essence feat

Olea Essence tour Qatzrin Israel via @poorandpretty

One of the places Stan visited during his Israel trip was a family-owned olive oil press in Qatzrin, in northeastern Israel. Founded by the Talmon family in 1997, Olea Essence is known for its high quality olive oils and sustainable farming and manufacturing processes. It was this ecological focus that led to the introduction of their 100% natural skincare line.

Olea Essence Skincare via @poorandpretty

Olive residue, a by-product of olive oil manufacturing, is harmful to the environment due to its excessive concentration of antioxidants. But the Talmon family found that this made an excellent base in cosmetics, especially for its anti-aging benefits. No wonder Israeli women have such beautiful skin!

Olea Essence tour ancient press Qatzrin Israel via @poorandpretty

Stan (who hates olives but loves olive oil!) learned about the olive oil process from harvesting through pressing, including ancient and modern-day techniques. He also taste-tested Olea Essence’s different flavored olive oils and brought home a delicious bottle of Tabha Olive Oil, which I’ve been instructed to “only use for dipping good bread in.” And of course, he picked up a few all-natural cosmetics for me:

Olea Essence Skincare products via @poorandpretty

I was a little skeptical to try these at first, thinking they’d all smell strongly like olive oil, but they really don’t. The body milk is lightly scented with lemongrass, pine, grapefruit, and tea tree oils and absorbs very quickly into the skin.

Olea Essence Hand Cream via @poorandpretty

The hand cream is barely scented, and is more like a balm than a cream. It’s really good for Stan’s very dry, cracked hands. My hands usually don’t need as much attention, but I like using this on my cuticles.

Olea Essence Olive Wash and Exfoliate via @poorandpretty

Olive Wash and Exfoliate is mostly olive pulp and has an invigorating but light lemongrass scent. It’s a wonderfully gentle all-over body cleanser and exfoliator, and reportedly great at treating acne. I follow it up with the body milk or my whipped body butter.

Don’t worry: you don’t have to go all the way to Israel to try these! All of these products can be purchased online.

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The Hunt for the Perfect Tinted Moisturizer

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I’ve been an ingredient-investigator for years now, but ever since I downloaded the Think Dirty app, I have been super vigilant about keeping my “bathroom shelf” rating low. This can only be achieved by using products that are “clean” or non-toxic, and therefore have low ratings. The hardest not-so-clean beauty product for me to let go of was my tinted moisturizer.

natural tinted moisturizers and beauty balms via @poorandpretty

I don’t typically wear heavy makeup or foundations, but I love tinted moisturizers and beauty balms because they give just the right amount of coverage and natural color. I’d been using Aveda’s inner light™ mineral tinted moisture in Aspen because it perfectly matched my skin tone, buuut it’s rated a 9 in Think Dirty (the second highest/worst possible rating!) I finally threw it out a few weeks ago and am now on the hunt to find its clean, low-rated successor. Here’s what I’m testing out:

1. derma e BB Crème, Light Tint.

2. Andalou Naturals All-In-One Beauty Balm Sheer Tint SPF 30.

3. Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer, Ivory.

4. 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer, Creme.

5. Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream.

I’m evaluating them on toxicity (must be rated 4 or less in Think Dirty or EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database), color, coverage, texture, absorption, scent, and price. And it of course should not be tested on animals.

Did I miss anything awesome? Have you tried any of these? I’d love to hear your suggestions/feedback in the comments!

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