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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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.


The Hunt for the Perfect Tinted Moisturizer

natural tinted moisturizers and beauty balms feat

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!


100% Pure Review + Mascara Giveaway!

100 Percent Pure natural cosmetics via @poorandpretty

I’m always on the lookout for natural cosmetics so when I stumbled across 100% Pure, I knew I had to give them a try. Unlike many “green-washing” companies out there, 100% Pure really means it when they say their products are entirely natural. They contain absolutely no synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial colors or fragrances, harsh detergents, or other toxins. Nor do they test on animals or use any animal by-products, so they’re vegan as well. Their makeup is colored with fruit and vegetable pigments in lieu of minerals or synthetic dyes. Pretty awesome.

100 Percent Pure mascara giveaway via @poorandpretty

So let me introduce you to a few of my favorite 100% Pure products, then you can enter to win their black mascara!

100 Percent Pure scrub + mask via @poorandpretty

We’ll start with their Brightening Scrub + Mask. You know I’m a big fan of making my own facial scrubs and masks, but it’s good to have one on hand for those lazy days, or for traveling. 100% Pure’s Brightening Scrub + Mask is full of antioxidants and vitamins like pomegranate seed oil, strawberry, pineapple, papaya, and cranberry extracts, pink grapefruit essential oil… the list goes on and on. It gently exfoliates with tiny jojoba beads (those little colorful wax spheres I used to put on my cupcake soaps as sprinkles). It leaves my skin feeling refreshed, exfoliated, and moisturized.

100 Percent Pure primer + moisturizer via @poorandpretty

After I wash my face and dab on my homemade astringent, I follow up with 100% Pure’s Jasmine Green Tea Moisturizer. It absorbs quickly so I sometimes feel like I need to use a little more than is probably necessary, but I like that it doesn’t leave my skin oily. If I plan to wear anything more than tinted moisturizer, I’ll also dab on a tiny bit of their Luminous Primer. I don’t have much experience with primers, but this one seems to work pretty well. I’ll probably start wearing it more often because I really love how the light-reflective pigments in it give my skin a healthy glow.

100 Percent Pure foundation + tinted moisturizer via @poorandpretty

My first 100% Pure purchase was their sheer Fruit Pigmented Water Foundation in White Peach. While I love both their water foundation and tinted moisturizer, I wish they offered trial samples to help find the right color. It’s so hard buying foundation from the Internet unless you already know your shade. The foundation and tinted moisturizers are so smooth and hydrating, but the White Peach color is just a tad too orange for me. They do have a 30 day return policy though, so I’m sure if you run into the same issue, they’ll swap out the product for you. I think White Peach would look fine on me if I had a bit of a tan, but it’s definitely not my Fall/Winter color!

100 Percent Pure eyeliner + luminescent powder via @poorandpretty

At first, I thought the Luminescent Powder was just a fancy kind of blush, but it actually gives very sheer color and a whole lot of, well, luminescence! It really brightens up your skin, so I use it in conjunction with blush. The Creamy Long Last Eyeliner is true to its name and really does last all day! It’s normally such a pain to put on eyeliner — especially if you’re like me and don’t have a steady hand — so I appreciate the ease of putting this on.

100 Percent Pure lip stain and creme comparison via @poorandpretty

You might remember 100% Pure’s Lip & Cheek Stain and Lip Creme Stick from my roundup of natural lip sticks, balms, and glosses last month. I have the Lip Creme Stick in Perfect Naked Pink, which — also true to its name — gives my lips just a little color. The Lip Stain gives me much more color and I only have to use a tiny bit. It really does stain your lips, so it lasts throughout the day. It doesn’t have any shine to it, so I add my Coco Balm on top for a glossy finish. The above image gives you an idea of how my lips look when using my Coco Balm (top), the lip stain (left), and the creme stick (right).

makeup for Jordan's wedding

I used almost exclusively 100% Pure products at Jordan’s wedding, and it turned out beautiful and lasted all day, even in the sticky heat and rain.

100 Percent Pure mascara giveaway via @poorandpretty

Wanna win 100% Pure’s Mascara in Black Tea? Just leave a comment below about your favorite place to go for makeup inspiration or tell me some other natural cosmetics you love. The contest will be open until Friday, September 26th, and I will announce the winner on Monday. Open to US residents only. Good luck! This contest is now closed. Congrats to Joy-Marie!

Disclosure: I was given some of these 100% Pure products for this review, however, all opinions expressed are my own. This post also contains affiliate links which may generate a revenue for Poor & Pretty when a purchase is made. You can read more about my affiliate link policies here.


Winter skincare tips & top picks

Remember my Summer Skincare Tips post? I thought I’d do another for winter. I know it isn’t officially winter yet, but since we saw our first snow fall earlier this week, I’m thinking it’s close enough. Truthfully, many of the tips I shared in my summer post are relevant for winter skincare, but given how dry the air is, it’s even more important to stay hydrated and moisturized. Here are my favorite ways to do so…


1. Drink lots of water or coconut water. Some people aren’t big on the taste of coconut water, but if you can get past that, it really is an amazing hydrator — some say it hydrates even better than water because it’s choc full of electrolytes. It’s also rich in potassium. Try adding it to smoothies if you don’t like the taste.

2. We’re all tempted to take hot baths or showers in the winter to stay warm, but this can actually dry out your skin. So if you do take a bath, try to keep it warm rather than hot and add some milk and honey to your bathwater. As celebrity esthetician Catherine Ianelli says in her milk and honey bath soak recipe, “milk makes the skin soft, is rich in AHA’s (alpha hyroxy acids), which promote exfoliation, and gives the skin a glowing complexion.”

3. Just as it’s important to exfoliate your face, it’s crucial to exfoliate your body, too, especially in the winter. My homemade vanilla coconut sugar scrub is my go-to body scrub. The sugar gets rid of dry, flaky skin and the coconut oil swoops in to moisturize. I’m also partial to my Jar of Frosting, a whipped soap body scrub made with jojoba beads to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize.

4. My Coco Body Balm packs a super-moisturizing punch because it’s made from cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil. Liquid lotions tend to contain chemical preservatives, whereas my Coco Body Balm is entirely natural, and therefore entirely good to your skin. I use it on particularly dry patches of skin like my elbows, knees, heels, and slather it on my hands before I go to bed.

5. Whether or not you’re prone to dry skin, it’s better to use a natural bar soap for your face in the winter. Not just any bar soap, of course, you’ll want one specifically formulated for the sensitive skin on our face. Why? Because natural facial bar soaps are made with skin-loving oils that provide your skin with more moisture rather than removing it. Most liquid face washes contain surfactants (also in household cleaning products!) which strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving your face too dry. I like this oatmeal & lavender facial cleansing bar from Blissoma.

6. Hopefully, if you’ve followed all of the above steps, your skin will be well-moisturized, but if you need a little extra help, you’ll want to keep a face serum handy. Facial serums can be pricey, but they are packed with rejuvenating oils, so you only need a few drops for your whole face. The best serums — like this Organic Face Serum from Antho — contain Rosehip and Argan oils, loaded with powerful antioxidants and natural essential vitamins.

What do you do to keep your skin soft in the winter?

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