Catchup #60: Jane Iredale, Honest Beauty, and more + a giveaway

Catchup 60

I’m sorry for skipping my usual Sunday post last week. I had a couple of setbacks, and then the week just sucked me in, but I am sure that the Oscars kept you well entertained 😉. We’re one week closer to Spring, you guys! Am I the only one who’s waiting impatiently for long, warm days? Let’s get to the beauty round-up.

Empties. I just finished my first bottle of Innersense shampoo, called Pure Harmony Hair Bath. Beside the fact that it hasn’t lasted me long (it seems that I need more product to get a good cleanse, compared to other shampoos), I like it. It isn’t particularly volumizing (which is something I aim for), but it does make my hair look/feel healthy. It gets rid of all oil without leaving my scalp feeling stripped. In fact, lately I have gotten back into doing oil treatments (will tell you more about it), and this shampoo has worked very well at cleansing my hair when it’s soaked with oils. I plan to give it another go and buy bottle #2. I bought it here.

February Petit Vour Box. Last month’s box was a balanced mix of skincare, haircare, makeup, and personal fragrance. Aside from the skincare product, which I have not had the chance to try yet, the other products were lovely, and potentially, full-size purchases for me. In case you are not familiar with Petit Vour, it is a monthly subscription box that delivers a mix of cruelty-free & green beauty full-size products and samples. Here’s what was in February’s box*:

Han Skin Care Cosmetics Taupey Plum Eyeshadow. The color is a luminous warm brown. It runs a bit shimmery, but the shimmer is very fine and wearable. It’s pigmented, buttery, and easy to blend. It is also more affordable than most eyeshadows I own. I would love to see more colors and textures, because this formula is lovely 👍🏼. Available here.

HAN Skincare Taupey Plum Eyeshadow Swatches Review

Graydon Clinical Luxury Hair Smoothie. This was another good find. It is meant to condition and detangle hair without weighing down fine hair types and it does the job well. It can also be applied to the roots, without leaving them greasy. Only thing I have to note is that its herbal scent, which is quite strong, may not be for everyone. This may be a full-size purchase for me. You can find it here.

Christy Organics Trance Natural Perfume. Trance is a floral perfume with Jasmine, Bergamot, and Rose as it’s main notes. Although the floral notes are strong, the Bergamot somehow gives it a more crispy twist. It’s a happy, feminine scent. Available here.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Booster Serum. This is the only product that I haven’t had the chance to try yet, as I am currently testing out other skin care products. It is described as a very light Vitamin C rich gel serum to brighten and smooth the skin. Will offer you my opinion once I get to try it. Did you try this serum?

To subscribe to Petit Vour head over here. All products are also sold individually.

Josh Rosebrook SPF Nutrient Day Cream. When talking about sunscreens two weeks ago, I told you that I would find out what the percentage of zinc oxide in this face cream was. Before I reached out to Josh, I checked the official Josh Rosebrook website and it turned out that it was listed in the ingredients list (sorry, I must have missed it in the past). It contains 12% of uncoated non-nano micronized zinc oxide. That would in my opinion explain why the cream feels so light and lovely on the skin. Face products containing a higher percentage of zinc tend to feel heavy and leave a white cast on the skin. To my knowledge, the percentage of zinc necessary to achieve spf 30 is at least 18%+, however  it could be that other ingredients in the formula boost the sun-protecting properties of the cream. Honestly, I don’t know, but I can still reach out to Josh if you guys are interested. It is definitely a very comfortable, light cream that also agrees with my skin, that works well for every day use. Maybe not ideal for a sunny Florida Summer day at 12 pm on the beach (would likely not be there at that time anyway, but you get the point).

Let me also add that the more I look into sunscreen formulations in an effort to make good choices for my skin (reading about ingredients, lab testings, spf ratings), the more I realize that much more scientific research is needed. Many products with chemist-approved formulations often fail spf testings, revealing a lower spf rating than expected. When shopping for sun care products, I strongly recommend buying from companies that are specialized in sun care and offer broad spectrum sunscreens, which protect from both UVB and UVA rays. I also recommend you stick to zinc based sunscreens, as it is (so far) the safest and most reliable active ingredient according to research. I know, I know, it makes us all look like Casper, but it is effective.

True Nature Botanicals Eye Serum. Launching very soon, the True Nature Botanicals Eye Serum* is one product that my fellow skin care junkies will most likely be pleased with. Lovely, silky texture (feels rich enough for the eye area, but not heavy), promising ingredients (cold-pressed oils like carrot seed, cucumber seed, evening primrose, blackberry seed and camellia seed),  and fragrance-free. I will keep you posted on the official launch, (follow me on Instagram!).

Baby Powder Controversy. As you may already read on my Instagram feed if you follow me there, two weeks ago news broke that Johnson & Johnson will have to pay 72 million dollars to the family of a deceased woman who died of ovarian cancer. For over thirty years, the woman had been using their Baby Powder, whose main ingredients used to be talc (now replaced by cornstarch). The main problem with talc, beside the size of the particles’ size which are very small and easily inhaled, is that it used to be contaminated with asbestos, a carcinogenic mineral. Another woman was in fact also awarded thirteen million dollars when she won a lawsuit against Colgate-Palmolive last year. The Californian woman had developed Mesothelioma after using their talc-based Cashmere Bouquet powder for many years. Although science has not found a direct link between talc-based personal care products and cancer, it would be wise to find an alternative.

Beside encouraging you to quit using any baby powder containing talc on yourself and/or your child, I just wanted to mention a few alternative products for you to try. Please always be careful how you handle any powders around your children as no powders are safe enough to breathe in. Here’s a few options you can check out:

Meow Meow Tweet Baby Body Powder (find here)

California Baby Organic Powder (find here)

Honest Company OrganicBaby Powder (find here)

Hugo Naturals Baby Powder Unscented (find here)

Redmond Trading Company Baby Powder (find here).

Jane Iredale Spring 2016. A couple of days ago I shared a sneak peek into the newest Jane Iredale makeup collection for Spring that is launching very soon. I always like a new palette, but this one may be my favorite one by Jane Iredale so far. First off, it is entirely matte. No shimmer, glitter, or any sparkles of any kind. Second, it contains a nice mix of pastel colors. The formulas are also lovely. They are all pigmented and easy to blend. I do, however, recommend using some sort of eyelid primer underneath to give the powder something to stick to. I am still using the Red Apple Lipstick Eyeshadow Primer, but if your eyelids are not prone to creasing, a concealer could work fine, too.

The blush shade is called Flawless. It is a beautiful shade of peachy-pinky-brown, and it’s perfect for a subtle flush of color on the cheeks.

Jane Iredale Spring 2016

The brow palette (called GreatShape Eyebrow Kit) comes in two shades, Brunette and Blonde. The powder is nicely pigmented and if used on top of the wax, it is very long-wearing. I was very pleased to see that the Brunette shade does not lean warm like the other brow products I have tried from Jane Iredale. Look at the swatches! If you like brow powders this is totally worth giving a shot. The  blonde one is also on the ashy side.

Jane Iredale GreatShape Eyebrow Kit Swatches Review

The lipgloss is called White Tea, and it’s a caramel color with golden shimmer. The color is beautiful, and is the perfect lip color for a fresh-faced look, which the collection was created for. I find the texture of this one to be a little tacky, but it does stay on for a few hours without moving at all. The price to pay for longevity, I guess. Also, once the color fades you are left with a hint of shimmer on your lips. For me this gloss is a nice evening option because it gives a high gloss, plumping look to the lips and stays on longer than my other glosses. However, it would not be my go-to for the daytime, due to shimmer and texture.


Jane Iredale has kindly offered to gift one of you with the entire Spring 2016 makeup collection (you get to pick the brow palette shade between Brunette and Blonde). In order to enter, head over to this post on Instagram and follow the rules as listed.

Honest Beauty Tinted Sunscreen. The full name is Beyond Protected Daily Beauty Fluid Sheer Tint SPF 30. It’s a tinted face sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection. The tint is a medium, neutral-toned color (would probably suit light, but not fair, to medium complexions), with a dewy finish. On my skin, if not set with a powder, it can go from dewy to greasy. However, the texture is significantly thinner than most face sunscreens I have tried, so I actually like it under makeup. The only problem is that after setting it with powder there is no chance of re-applying it, so I would not be able to wear it for a long day outdoor. Lastly, it has a bit of a powdery scent, which is not overwhelming, but if you have a particularly sensitive nose I would recommend giving it a sniff at your local Ulta, if it carries Honest Beauty (mine does not, grrrr). Otherwise, you can shop online here.

Hope you enjoyed the post. Please leave me a comment if you have any questions or have anything to add about the products I talked about. Have a wonderful week!

*gifted sample

  • Catherine Crain

    Definitely feel your pain on your Ulta not carrying HB…went in on the 28th expecting a giant display only to be sorely disappointed. I wish Ulta made it clear that it would in “select” stores. I understand but alas…. :(
    Love the giveaway…hoping I win as I need a new brow product soon!!

    • I know, right? I called the local Ulta store before heading there because I had a feeling that they were not going to carry Honest Beauty. #livinginsmalltownsprobs ;) Thanks for reading, babe!

  • lynne

    Hi Lilly, how would you compare True Nature Botanicals and Innersense shampoo and conditioner? Preference? I’m tempted to try the Honest tinted sunscreen, though I’ve been pretty happy with Coola.

    • Hi Lynne, I like both shampoos. The TNB seems to make my hair more shiny and healthy looking (perhaps because it contains more oil), however my hair is difficult to comb through afterwards. The Innersense shampoo cleanses the scalp nicely and leaves my hair soft and manageable. When I use the TBN shampoo I have to follow with conditioner, but I don’t have to with the Innersense shampoo. However, I need to use a lot of Innersense shampoo for one cleanse, (I finished it very quickly, and I don’t even wash my hair daily), while I only need 2 pumps of the TBN shampoo to get a good cleanse. I hope this helps!
      As for the face sunscreen, if you use a Coola one and you like it (no breakouts, no sudden sun spots), I would say stick to it (which one do you use?). The Honest Beauty sunscreen looks nice under makeup, but it can make you look a bit greasy if you don’t set it with a powder. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for reading!

      • lynne

        Thanks Lilly! I’ve tried the Coola tinted sunscreen and the cucumber matte finish. I like them both but will probably go back to the tinted version, as the extra color helps with my hyperpigmentation. I think I’ll try the Innersense. I always look forward to your reviews:)

        • You are welcome. If you like the matte finish of the Coola Cucumber sunscreen with spf 30, they are also offering it in a tinted version. I am trying that one next, too! The other Coola Rose tinted one only offers spf 20, so it is a nice upgrade. Check out The Detox Market or Citrine Beauty Natural Bar, they both have it in stock.
          Please let me know how you like the Innersense shampoo! Have a great week, xo.

  • I swish my Ulta carried HB. It drives me crazy! It’s not like I live in a small town either, I live in Philadelphia! That brow product is beautiful! Love how ashy the tone is!

  • Natasha Josephine

    Very informative post, great tips! I live in Las Vegas so I need a good SPF moisturizer and I started viewing Josh Rosebrook SPF Nutrient Day Cream. I wasn’t sure if you were for or against the product after reading your post. Yay or nay?

    • Hi Natasha, the Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream feels lovely on the skin, but does not offer broad spectrum protection. Since you live in Las Vegas, I would recommend a broad spectrum sunscreen, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Two brands you could try are Coola and Suntegrity.
      Coola makes a sunscreen with a matte finish and spf 30 that people with more normal to oily skin do well with, and comes in both a tinted version and a non-tinted version. The non-tinted version leaves a bit of a white cast on the skin. It offer very good protection and it won’t make your skin look shiny. If you have oily skin, you may want to try this one. You can find it here.
      Suntegrity makes two products that offer very good protection but are a bit more rich and thick on the skin, so people with more dry skin seem do to well with those. One is the 5 in 1 Moisturizing Face Sunscreen, which comes in a few shades from fair to dark, and one is the Natural Moisturizing Sunscreen Primer with spf 30, which is non-tinted and goes well under makeup. If you have dry skin you may want to try this one, and you can check it out here.

      I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any questions. I hope you find one that works great for you, x

      • Natasha Josephine

        I like the idea of the primer. Will try that one. Thank you!!

        • Please let me know how it works for you! x

  • Such a great informative post! I really appreciate the Han eye shadow swatch, I’ve been interested in their eye shadows but have a tendency to forget when I’m eyeing a million other things at a time. It looks so lovely, and pressed to boot! If you pick any more up I’d love to see more swatches as well!

    • Thanks for reading, Mercy. I will definitely swatch whatever color I pick next! :)

  • Laura

    Hiya, yes I also believe 12% zinc does not equal spf 30. Spf 30 usually has zinc in concentrations of around 20% eu/us or 22% (In Australia). How do you like the mvo spf 30? It has 20% zinc. I just ordered it… Even though I really dislike the emu oil in the formula.

    • Poulette

      Thanks for this information! Do you have a source for this? It would mean that many favorites like Elta MD & Coola (particularly Coola) are no better than a lotion.

      Does anyone know how it’s possible for brands to get approval from the FDA for their products when the % are too low for sun protection?

      • Hi Poulette, products that contain a combination of Titanium Dioxide and Zinc are effective sunscreens, even if the concentration of zinc is below 20%. Both Coola and Elta MD (which I haven’t tried yet, but I looked up the ingredients of their physical sunscreen) are effective, broad spectrum sunscreens. I hope this helps.

        • Laura

          Hello yes it is different with zinc and titanium as active ingredients- concentrations can be much lower. I am currently in Sydney and most spf30 pure zinc based spfs have 22% zinc. I think josh rosebrook’s cream is not fda tested – at least that’s what it said on the bottle I got last year.

          • Poulette

            Thanks for replying! Have you ever heard of or used the BASF sunscreen simulator? I am sure it’s not perfect but you can enter the % of active ingredients (if listed on the product) and it will give you true SPF ratings, as in real life. What’s interesting is that they also show what kind of rating the product would have in other regions. Many of the American ones get a “fail” under the Australian system :-(.


            Attached is the link if you are interested.

    • Hi Laura, I tried a sample of the MVO spf 30 a very long time ago (over 2 years ago). I don’t know if it has been reformulated in the meanwhile. I may give it a go again. I remember I liked it but it didn’t match me perfectly (it was tinted). Have you received it yet? Please let me know how you like it!

      • Laura

        Still waiting, but will do…

        • Laura

          Hello again, I tried the mvo spf now – the texture is really light, it sinks in quickly. My skin us currently super dry and I use it on top of liquid courage and my yuli elixir – the finish on me is rather mat, but on more normal skins I could see it being more dewey. I chose light tint and it is quite light (i use rms 22, kw silken, gressa 3 (3.5 in summer). It has 20% zinc so it is quite an achievement to get the texture so lightweight – I have experienced some breakouts, but my skin is really temperamental right now so not sure if it is the spf or the hormones – i will experiment. Mvo says they will offer an emu oil free version in about ) months, which I think is great!

  • Laurel

    Hi Lilly:) I recently stopped using kypris dew because it made my face VERY congested. Your reviews have me eyeing yuli skin fuel or a marie veronique serum to replace kypris dew as my nighttime moisturizer.The weather here is becoming hot and very humid so I’m hesitant on choosing a new product. Decisions, decisions…what would you advise?

    • Hi Laurel, unfortunately I had some issues with Kypris products, too. When my skin gets congested from using a new product, I usually go back to my Yuli “clear skin regimen”. That for me is: Halcyon cleanser + Cocoon face mist + 1 or 2 drops of Liquid Courage pressed onto the skin while still damp. Have you tried the Liquid Courage? Alternatively, you could use a good quality, plain face oil like Kahina Argan oil. How does that sound? Let me know your thoughts.

      • laural

        Funnily enough I also had the same issues with kypris dew – congestion with dry skin…

  • Liz

    Hi! I was wondering how you use the red apple lipstick eye primer? Alone or with powder on top? Because, I bought it expecting it to help keep my eye makeup put but it still creases like crazy! Thank you very much for all your honest reviews :)

    • Hi Liz, I have a couple of questions. 1. Do you use any type of eye product (eye cream, eye serum) before applying the eye primer? 2. How much eye primer do you apply?
      In order to get a good staying power and prevent creasing, I do not apply any eye product to my upper eyelid before the primer, so it sticks to the skin. If I applied an eye cream underneath, it would make the primer glide over it and crease.
      As for the amount of eye primer that I use, I barely touch the product with my ringer finger, and apply the thinnest layer of product that I can get away with. Then I blend it to cover my entire eyelid using a tapping motion.
      Let me know if you have been applying the product differently, and if you have, try these tips to see if the product works better for you this way. I look forward to hearing back!

      • Liz

        Hi Lilly, thanks for such a thorough response! 1. I do not use any type of eye product prior to application. 2. I was definitely applying a bit more than ‘barely’ so I’ve now experimented over the last several weeks with different amounts and unfortunately still the same result…creasy eyelids. I have also tried some of the expensive beauty brands (just samples) to see if a non-green product works. Still, same result. I also tried it several times without any shadow just to see the effect and ensure that the shadow wasn’t the culprit, and creasing. I think I may just have creasy eyelids! ;)

        • Hi Liz, I am sorry to hear that you can’t find a primer that works for you. I will definitely keep you in mind if I try something else that works very well :) Thank you so much for reading!

  • Christina

    Hi Lilly! What do you use for everyday body sun screen/block/cream? I use Mexitan (rates 3 on Think Dirty) for beach/pool days because I don’t mind the white cast it leaves, but it’s too much for everyday wear. (I guess I would be interested in your beach sunscreen for face and body too)

    As for the face – Do you apply the Coola under your make-up? I use 100% Pure Tinted Moisturizer (spf 20) or the Jane Iredale Glow Time (spf 25) normally. I have the Juice Beauty Tinted Mineral BB (spf 30), but it leaves a VERY dewy finish for me (bordering greasy) – I always have to put a powder on top.