Beauty Finds: Milk Makeup, Kush Waterproof Mascara Review

Welcome to Beauty Finds! This edition features Milk Makeup Kush Waterproof Mascara. 

My go to mascara is Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara + Lash Primer. Clean ingredients, doesn’t irritate my eyes, equals out liquid eyeliner so my lashes don’t lost with the eyeliner. I have to separate them with an eyelash comb yet it gives my lashes, length, volume and definition I want. It however, isn’t waterproof for shit.

Rainproof yes, submerged in water swimming no. It isn’t even mist proof! Walking in the mist earlier this year my eyelashes felt wet and like something was heavy on them. A mirror check confirmed that the lashes were clumping together and the start of panda eyes!

After trying several waterproof mascaras and not liking how they don’t give the length and volume I like, or were so hard to remove last year, I remembered in my make up drawer from the year before I had a Milk Makeup mascara unused. It was stock up purchase only to find another mascara I liked, Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara. I decided instead to to experiment with it being the top coat of mascara to seal the mascara I liked underneath. Did it work? Read on for my Beauty Finds requirements or skip a paragraph straight for the review. 

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Beauty Finds: Honest Beauty Cream Foundation Review

Welcome back to another Beauty Finds! This edition features Honest Beauty Cream Foundation.

Skip a paragraph for the review: 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….

Honest Beauty Cream Foundation

Excuse the smudges!

This was the first non silicone foundation I tired! In a nutshell I like it more as a concealer than as a foundation. 

It’s not vegan, however I’m a bad vegan as I eat honey, so I generally depending on the brand and their ethics I sometimes choose products with beeswax in. Maybe I had too much sunscreen on which played a factor when I wore it, for a few weeks as foundation only, it doesn’t seem to stick if you have oily skin. This I think it due to it’s waxy texture that doesn’t match oily skin. Also I’m used to more liquid bb creams and cushion compacts which are easier to apply.

It goes on nicely with cushion compact sponge but it didn’t seem to have much lasting power on me. As not not waste the product I tried using it as an under eye and general concealer where it works better on me. It doesn’t sink into fine lines, it feels light on and lasts longer if it’s over another product. It does great at reducing the appearance of bags from not enough sleep. I do feel though if you really want cover, you really have to press hard into the compact to lift the product to apply. Aka apply it thickly otherwise it’s light coverage.

Happy ingredients!

Colour wise it took me a while finding the right shade online. Douglas España where it’s only available in Spain the swatches aren’t very good online. Thankfully at the time of purchase Honest Beauty has better swatches (Currently unavailable on Honest. They might be at the moment relaunching it like their Invisible Blurring Loose Powder, or bringing out another foundation. All I could find was this article on how to apply it and another on Pinterest. The product is still available on other retailers who stock it). I took a chance on Shell which is almost a good match for someone who’s pale but not porcelain, alabaster pale. A tiny bit dark with a pink undertone (I prefer neutral undertones), better for me in the summer however for some reason this shade works better on me as concealer. They have 8 shades ranging from pale to dark skin tones however they seem to be on the warmer side not cool.

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Beauty Finds: Tarte Cosmetics Surfer Curl Volumizing Mascara Review

Welcome back to another edition of Beauty Finds! This edition features Tarte Cosmetics SEA Surfer Curl Volumizing Mascara. 

Skip a paragraph for the review: 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….

I think this is a replacement mascara for Tarte Cosmetics Lifted Sweatproof Mascara. I loved that mascara as was disappointed when this discontinued it. It didn’t budge working out, running, swimming (it just clumped together and dried with lashes separated!). It was more of a dark brown than black. I was willing to pay the shipping costs for it! I started to notice something was up when they started selling at 2 for 1 then email when back in stock. It vanished from the site to be replaced with:

SEA Surfer Curl Volumizing Mascara

What it is: An effortless, lash-lifting lifestyle mascara that delivers sweatproof, weightless volume to clean up your lash game. 

Highlighted Ingredients: 

– Algae Extract: Soothes irritated skin with anti-aging antioxidants.

– Vitamin E: Natural preservative that also acts as an emollient and antioxidant.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

What Else You Need to Know: This vegan mascara delivers natural and nurturing volume while conditioning lashes. The tapered bristle brush coats each lash from root to tip to deliver wave of curl. The sweatproof, flake-free, and smudge-proof formula is also formulated with plant waxes, algae, and vitamin E to lift and condition lashes.

Description from sephora.com

It’s listed on both serphora.com and sephora.es on their Clean Beauty range which was a selling point. Initially I wasn’t going to try it out as it’s expensive around €25 depending on which site and country looking at. However I was on holiday pre covid in the USA, surrounded by brands and products I can’t get back home, so this girl tired it out! 

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Beauty Finds: Honest Beauty Gloss-C Lip Gloss Review

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!

Honest Beauty Gloss-C Lip Gloss

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.

Pomegranate flower and jojoba seed oil act as the lip plumper
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Beauty Finds: Translucent Loose Powder, Charlotte Tilbury, Nude by Nature, Lily Lola & Honest Beauty

Summer’s here and so is keeping oil slicks at bay. The last 2 summer’s I’ve been trying to finds a translucent talc free, due to talc being possibly carcinogenic, silicone free loose powder to keep the shine at bay. I don’t use primer as I don’t want another product wanting to clog my skin and I want a little shine as I don’t like the all matte look. 

In the winter I skip powder however however when the heat and humidity arrives, forget dewy skin. This girl has a full on oily slick look. I have learnt to work with my oil skin not fight it. Finding the right moisturiser helps as does BB cream or tinted foundation. For the days when I know full oil slick’s inevitable I like a little loose powder on my T zone. Loose cruelty free, petroleum (aka plastic) ingredient powders for some reason are more expensive than pressed power and harder to find. Or maybe I looked in the wrong place. Out of the four I tried, only one is now in use and even then I’m thinking shine is down to the products underneath and keeping hydrated. Excessive shiny oily skin is often down to being dehydrated. I should also point out I don’t bake. Too many lines and I only do BB cream or lightweight foundation.

With all my cosmetics I like cruelty free, vegan if possible, clean ingredients, natural ingredients. No nasty toxic ingredients like petroleum and it’s alias (3rd or 4th generation I sometime use depending on ewg.com), parabens, SLS’s, phthalates,  etc. I try to avoid palm oil as I prefer orangutans having forests. With skincare it’s easier, with make up it’s harder. My skin type is oily, sensitive, acne and yes, now anti ageing as those lines…

Charlotte Tilbury Charlottes Genius Magic Powder Under Eye and Face 1 Fair

Soft focusing light defusing loose powder

A genius, light diffusing loose powder that blurs, visibly reduces dark shadows and boosts radiance. Use all over face, matching skin tone for an enhanced complexion or a lighter shade for under eyes for a brightening effect.

I wanted to try something by Charlotte Tilbury. She’d launched a little earlier in Sephora Spain and I’d been hearing so much on YouTube by beauty YouTuber’s I no longer watch about her line. I wanted a translucent powder but I also wanted to try one of her products. I’d checked out reviews before and should have left it on the shelf. The sales assistant said even though it’s not translucent as the range then didn’t have one (maybe they do now) being ‘fair’, it’s the right shade for me. You know I ignored that little voice that said no.

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