Welcome back to another Beauty Finds. This edition is Honest Beauty Gloss-C Lip Gloss!
I’m more of neutral lip balm girl than lipstick or lip gloss girl, but every now and then I sway to the dark side of glosses and tinted lip balms. So when Douglas España finally got in the Gloss-C (get it?!) lip gloss this girl was tempted.
I have a few requirements when it comes to beauty products: cruelty free, natural, clean, vegan better. I do my best to avoid nasty ingredients such as SLSs, parabens, PEGs, silicones, etc. Petrochemicals are the sneakiest with so many derivatives and aliases. I also avoid palm oil and it’s derivatives as I prefer orangutans. Coconut oil marketed as the good oil I’m also cutting down on as it can be just a damaging crop as palm oil. If I do get products containing palm or coconut oil I try to get organic or sustainably sourced. With make up it’s a little harder so I go for cruelty free brands. I prefer products with less plastic and thankfully more brands are aware consumers don’t want unnecessary plastic (or governments are telling them less plastic). My skin type’s oily sensitive, acne prone and now wrinkles. I know nothing stops those lines, but if I can delay them then….
As the above requirements say with make up it’s hard to find clean ingredients. Thankfully there are some brands that know some girls want clean make up that’s not crazy. Honest Beauty is one of them. Jessica Alba always looks amazing and I’d like to think she wearing her own beauty line when she comes to promoting Honest or in her acting promo tours. Most of her Honest Beauty make up line I’ve tired I like, so I was surprised when Douglas España got the lip gloss so quickly in after it was released last year. Normally new Honest Beauty products take a while to become available on Douglas, where it’s available in Europe (such as the shampoo and conditioner. I think they were one of the first products back when she started Honest and only this year Douglas España has got them in! I think Douglas Germany has had them in for a few years). I like too that they’re no fuss packaging with minimal ingredients. Any interview Jessica Alba gives where she’s asked what does she look out for in products, she always says she avoids perfume and a long list of ingredients. Plus that marketing ploy if we buy into the brand we’re buying into that person, model, image and get to feel like them for a second and our lives automatically become better just by buying that product. Jessica Alba always looks like she has the best life so maybe wearing it I can get some Jessica Alba sparkle! See, I can fall for that too!
A hydrating, Vitamin C-infused plumping lip gloss that delivers a wash of glossy color without the sticky feels. Made with Coconut Oil + Pomegranate Extract + Jojoba Seed Oil. Works for all skin types.
Anyways, the lip gloss. It’s not sticky, gloopy or tacky! The first 3 requirements of a lip gloss! Neither does it zap out any moisture. In fact it hydrates thanks to coconut oil, cocoa butter and candelilla wax. It stays put under a face mask for a while and it’s become my go to ‘lip balm’ cycling in the winter. It occasionally sticks a little to the mask but not much. It’s long lastingish. I do reapply after eating or drinking and before cycling back, but generally it lasts up to an hours. A little goes a long way, with about 5 months of using it I’m only just over 1/2 through.
I went for the colourless Moonstone, as buying online it was the best option as I can’t swatch, I don’t like wearing colour on my lips and for a lip gloss it is expensive at €14.99 so colourless was the best option to ‘just try it out’. The application tip makes it easy to apply. It’s virtually scent free with just a very tiny subtle hint of I think castor oil.
It does solidify in cold weather. Visiting my parents back in the UK when it was cold, I remember after a hike reapplying before driving home. It had been in the car for a few hours in 4-5C and it solidified like a brick! So if using in the winter, warm it up first or keep it in a pocket to let body heat warm it up.
I’m not sure if it’s vegan due to sodium hyaluronate as there’s some debate if sodium hyaluronate can be vegan. Honest Beauty’s own description says it is vegan. Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate looks scary, however unlike regular silicone it’s made from plants. I try to avoid silicones as I find they clog my skin. The silica isn’t the same as silicone (shhh, it’s a crystal lip gloss! Or just sand). As for it plumping lips, I haven’t noticed any difference. I didn’t even know at the time of purchase it was a lip plumper! I just curious wanting to try it out as a gloss.
Would I recommend! Yes, if you want a subtle moisturising gloss. For me it’s a slightly heavier lip balm that’s glossy, that also works over regular lip balm if I want to be a little extra. I’ve read some reviews that the formula can be grainy, however taking into account it solidifies easily this could be a side effect and they don’t mention if this is one of the coloured versions which might affect the formula.
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