Beauty Finds: Dr Paw Paw Original Balm Review

Welcome to another Beauty Finds! This edition is Dr Paw Paw Original Balm Multipurpose Soothing Balm With Natural PawPaw. 

First up some clarification. I got this confused with the Australian version of this balm. I’d heard a lot about Lucas Pawpaw Ointment, an Aussie cult classic and all sense of it’s plastic don’t get it went out of my head seeing it in Urban Outfitters. I wanted to try it! The ingredients are good, clean, natural. I finally get to try a cult classic! Skip a paragraph for the review or read on for my beauty finds requirements. 

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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: 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: Colourpop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Tinted Moisturizer Review

Welcome back to another Beauty Finds with a difference! Rather than review several products at once, from now on single product reviews starting with Colourpop Hyaluronic Tinted Moisturizer.

I have a few requirements when it comes to cosmetics and skin care: cruelty free, natural, clean, vegan better. I do my best to avoid the 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 with these ingredients in 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….

Colourpop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Tinted Moisturizer I picked up on holiday at Ulta in the USA. I knew about the brand but never looked into thinking I couldn’t get it in Spain. While there are silicones listed I like the ingredient list as compared to other BBC creams, tinted moisturisers, foundations the list is kinda minimal. 

Pretty Fresh hyaluronic tinted moisturizer. A hydrating tinted moisturizer with skin-perfecting, lightweight coverage for fresh healthy looking skin.

I prefer BBC creams as they give a nice glow, provide coverage without looked caked and are light weight. Most Korean BB creams are too pale for me and western BB creams are more like tinted moisturisers which do nothing for me. Provide hardly any coverage. Colourpop’s is more like a BB cream, it covers amazingly, doesn’t settle in fine lines or wrinkles and does’t clog my skin too much. It never looks caked on yet provides lightweight medium coverage. It stays on on hot humid days and is almost waterproof after dip in the sea. With a face mask depending on how long you wear it for it doesn’t rub off too much.  It’s easy to apply with a beauty sponge (I use Tarte Babassu foundcealer multi tasking sponge from Sephora Espana). Bonus it gives you a glow while looking natural no makeup. Perfect!!!

I was concerned about the hyaluronic acid source as I’d read that it’s obtained via animals. I contacted Colourpop customer service who kindly said they’d check and get back to me. Good news, they hyaluronic acid isn’t obtained from any animal source! The coconut water I overlooked. I’m not perfect throwing out all of what I said about what I look for in products. Bad Nat.

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