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: Mimitika Lait Solaire Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 Review. Reef Friendly

Welcome to Beauty Finds! This editions features Mimitika Lait Solaire Suncreen Lotion in SPF50 both in the new and older formula. The newer formula was released late last summer 2021. 

I prefer reef friendly mineral sunscreens however all that I’ve tired have left my skin so dry it hurts to move regardless of how much sunflower seed oil they contain. I’ve noticed most mineral sunscreen have sunflower seed oil to counteract the zinc oxide from drying out the skin too much. Some were difficult to apply as they just didn’t extend out no matter how much I tried. Others left me either pink or white after swimming in blotchy patches where I applied them depending on the products colour. Most felt so nasty on, heavy, greasy. Others I couldn’t even remove! Even with soap, exfoliation, just sitting there drying out my skin more. Freshly Cosmetics body sunscreen dried my skin out so much it was painful to move as I just couldn’t remove it. It took my skin about 2 months to return to normal. That left me with the only option of chemical sunscreens and they’re the ones that are more less clean ingredients, more crap ingredients, reef unfriendly. A visit to Sephora España summer 2020, I discovered Mimitika which saved the day! Skip a paragraph for the review or read on for my Beauty Finds requirements.

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….

Mimitike Sunscreen Lotion SPF50

The essential for sunny days. Sun Milk SPF50 will make you forget that you are putting on sunscreen: a light and fluid texture that allows quick application. No white traces or greasy films. The skin is soft and hydrated.

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Beauty Finds: Najel Aleppo Soap. Jasmine Aleppo Soap and Black Cumin Oil Aleppo Soap Review

Welcome to another Beauty Finds. This edition is Najel olive and bay laurel oils Aleppo Soap in both Jasmine and Black Cumin Oil respectively.

Najel Jasmine Aleppo Soap. Apologies if the writing is upside down

I knew about Marseille soap as I’ve been for about 6 months using it as my all purpose cleaning soap including the dishes! I didn’t know about Aleppo Soap so was super curious in Druni when I first saw Nazel products as a few soaps were a similar shape and colour as Marseille Soap. The Marseille soap I was using was marketed as an all purpose cleaner when these soaps were in a beauty shop. What was the difference?

Aleppo soap is traditionally made in Aleppo, Syria and is the ancestor to Marseille soap. Traditional Aleppo soap is 100% natural and contains no chemicals or animal fats, protected by Syrian law and must be made inside Aleppo or just outside of Aleppo. Just like how Spanish champagne can only be called cava as for champagne to be champagne it can only be manufactured in the Champagne region of France. Being ancestor to Marseille soap, it’s very similar to Marseille soap in that it also uses olive oil. Aleppo soap in addition contains bay laurel oil. Both giving the soap it’s rich green colour. There are several companies still in operation after the Syrian civil war, Najel being on of them. The headquarters are based in Lyon, France however all Aleppo soap sold via Najel is made in Syria since 1895 by the Al Najjar family. 20 years ago the soap was brought to Europe by marriage of the founding Najel owners. Catherine, a law student met Manar, a Syrian doctor and the rest is history via a father in law. Catherine’s father was amazing by Manar’s family soap making business and convinced Manar to export it to Europe. While the brand has expanded out of soap with many products now made in France, the Aleppo soap is still traditionally made in Syria. More information about Najel here

Skip a paragraph for the review or read on for my beauty requirement! 

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 came across Najel Aleppo Soap last year in Druni. Druni has a great range of lesser known bio and organic European skin care brands. I’m always on the lookout for solid body soap to try that’s plastic free. As mentioned early I use Marseille soap for washing the dishes, hand washing, general cleaning and while it can be used for body and hair too, the idea of using the same soap for everything, kinda grosses me out a little. I’m sure it’ll clean well and be fine! I have noticed however it does dry my hands out if I’m not using washing up gloves so the I’m probably good not using as a body and shampoo soap. 

I was curious as to what Aleppo Soap was. Is the war in Syria still on going? Who buy purchasing would I be contributing to? Would I be contributing to those who’ve lost everything and are trying to rebuild their lives? By purchasing I’d be helping the country get back on its feet. Those were the initial thoughts before purchasing. I believe in democracy that’s all I’m saying. 

All Aleppo Soap must be made with non food olive oil, bay laurel oil, caustic for saponification of oils and water, made in the traditional way of a hot process in a cauldron and made within or just outside of Aleppo. The soap’s made from November to March then left to dry for at least 9 months!

I initially tried the organic Jasmine soap first. Druni here. This is because I prefer to buy solid soap that isn’t wrapped in plastic. A peak into the box revealed it’s paper wrapped. The rest of the Najel soaps available were wrapped in plastic. Sadly however under the paper it is wrapped in plastic. 

Beautifully wrapped and a little plastic. A paper sticker would be more environmentally friendly
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Beauty Finds: Respire Apple And Pomegranate Deodorant Stick Review

Welcome back to another Beauty Finds! This edition is Respire Apple and Pomegranate Deodorant Stick.

I did for a while make my own deodorant until convenience won. I’d been using Respire Fleur d’Oranger Orange Blossom Natural deodorant which I liked. It wasn’t heavy feeling, wasn’t sticky, 99% natural and clean ingredients, but still got a little stinky the end of the day. Respire do refills, yet at the end of the day it’s still plastic. This was a little guilt trip as I started making my own to save on plastic. Sephora’s travel and mimi products stand by the cash desk did their thing when I saw Respire now do a plastic free option. Of course I had to try it! Skip a paragraph for the review or read on about my beauty product requirements. 

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….

Respire Apple and Pomegranate Deodorant Stick

First up as mentioned it’s 100% plastic free. The tube is cardboard and the label isn’t plastic cover paper. It’s all cardboard. There isn’t a plastic seal, neither is the base of the deodorant. No packing carton, just the deodorant as it is on sale. It works by manually pushing up from the base when needed. It’s extremely long lasting too, about 4-5 months which is great value for money at 50g for €11.90 or €3 a month from Sephora España. Respire’s own site it’s the same price with discount on bundles.   

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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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