New Skincare Reviews: Raw Elements, Boscia, Burt’s Bees

Three recent purchases/gifts

My newest skincare find is the Boscia Cactus Water Hydrating Cream. Influenster sent this over to try and review. I love the happy green packaging and sanitary spoon. Unfortunately, this didn’t get along with my skin. It’s definitely more of a lightweight gel than cream in my opinion. It also remained tacky to the point where my skin felt sticky several minutes later.

If I used this at night, my skin felt dry to the touch the next morning. However, when I washed my face, it felt like a thick layer of something slimy was coming off. My skin was really dry this past winter and it’s currently becoming combination skin as the season is changing. This is geared toward combination to oily skin, so it’s probably not moisturizing enough for me right now. I might try it again in July or August, but I wouldn’t recommend this from my recent experience.

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I’ve also been testing the Raw Elements Tinted Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 for a couple weeks now. I thankfully received this through the OBL Club (which is free for anyone to join). Andrea is so sweet and her blog is a lovely resource for clean beauty reviews, tips, and news.

I have been looking for a sunscreen that doesn’t contain avobenzene or octinoxate, which damage coral reefs and marine life. I generally prefer mineral sunscreens anyway and am vowing to only use Reef Safe options going forward. On that topic, I was thrilled when Hawaii passed their new law banning chemical spf!

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I think this is a great moisturizing sunscreen. The tint is a tiny bit dark for my pretty fair skin tone, but since this blends well and has sheer coverage, it works. It does have a very glowy finish – I don’t mind it on its own for casual wear. If I’m doing my makeup with concealer, blush, etc., I definitely set it down with powder.

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The jar packaging isn’t my favorite because I don’t like dipping my fingers into products (I think this would be especially gross at the beach with sandy fingers), but there’s a stick version too. I’ve been applying it with a sponge to be a little more hygienic. It retails for $17.99, which I think is reasonable for a product that is reef safe and cruelty-free, has natural ingredients, and will last the whole summer since a little bit goes a long way.

Lastly, I picked up this Burt’s Bees lip scrub in my recent Target Haul. I needed one in a pinch and as I’ve been using this more, I really like it. It has an oily (in a good way!), balm-like base that hydrates after you wash the exfoliating crystals away. It also smells amazing. I think I would love this even more in the winter because my lips are super dry then. If you’re looking for a really rough, granular scrub, this probably isn’t the one.

Have you tried any of these items? What’s your favorite Reef Safe sunscreen? I’m definitely on the lookout for more!

Vapour Organic Beauty – Review and Swatches

Testing a green beauty brand

I’ve been wanting to pick up some Vapour products since swatching them at Credo Beauty a few months ago. I loved the sleek and convenient packaging, clean formulas, and beautiful colors.

Last month I needed to replenish some skincare and decided to try Dermstore. I was so excited when I noticed they carry Vapour! It was the first time I had ever shopped there so I received 20% off my whole purchase. I chose the Illusionist Concealer in 010, the Aura Multi-use Blush in Spark 202, and the Mesmerize Eye Shimmer Treatment in Cinder.

My favorite item is definitely the concealer. I rarely go for concealers in stick form as they’ve been dry and hard to blend in my experience. The Illusionist Concealer is completely different! It’s so creamy and sinks into the skin beautifully and quickly. It looks very natural while having a brightening effect too. I mostly use this under my eyes; there’s not a ton of coverage for spot concealing. It’s the only concealer I’ve been using since I received this package! I would highly recommend checking this out.

I also really enjoyed the blush stick – which I’ve tried on my eyes and lips as well. This color is a pretty darker peach that looks like a natural flush when blended. You just need a small dab on the cheeks and I’ve found it blends in well with my fingers or a BeautyBlender. It didn’t last perfectly all day on my lids, but it’s great as a blush. The stain version of this formula sounds amazing as well.

Lastly, the eye shadow was the only item I didn’t quite like. It was just a bit glittery for me without much color when I blended it. You can see some glitter flecks in this photo – especially at the bottom where it’s blended. I prefer more of a satin or shimmer finish. Love the easy application though and it’s very creamy, so I’m going to try some of the matte shades.

Have you ever tried Vapour? I’m really excited to explore the rest of their line now!