Face sunblockin’. Protect thy skin!

The minute summer struck, I was on a mission to find great and all-natural sunblocks for my face. The all-natural part was very important to me considering my super sensitive skin is prone to break out when I use products heavy in synthetics and fragrances. Insert Nature Gate’s FaceBlock with SPF 25.

I am absolutely in LOVE with this sunblock. It is everything that this brown girl with sensitives skin could ever need and love when it comes to sunblocks.

Well, well…look at that. Not only does it exclude fragrances (yes!), it is also rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Both help to keep the skin moisturized while the UVA/UVB protection to help prevent sunburn. And honey, forget what you’ve heard. Brown girls burn too. The way I see it, any and everyone with um…skin can burn. This sunblock has been my shield against those rays. The consistency is a little different than your average sunscreen. In fact, when I first used it, it was a bit on the watery side…

But it thickened up when I rubbed it in.

One of the problems that many brown girls run across when it comes to sunscreens is the ghost-face that it tends to give us. Nothing sucks more than walking around with that white cast all over. It’s hard to find a sunscreen that doesn’t give that effect but I happy to say that this one is ghost face-free. Yay! When applied all over, it doesn’t look like I have on anything at all.

I look so sessy, don’t I? Ha!

Which is exactly how I like it. Like most sunblocks, you’ll have to apply every few hours (and more often when swimming) but I was impressed at how well it stood up against sweat, wind and ocean water. It’s a sturdy sunblock alright. It goes for less than $9 which can be considered a steal for an all-natural brand like Nature’s Gate.

You can grab it at Whole Foods and I’ve even spotted it at Amazon for close to $4. Score!

Have you been wearing sunblock on your face, darlings?

*Insert the “You better say yes” emoticon here*

Soap Hope: All-natural products with a purpose

It’s one thing to love a product but it’s something else to love the mission behind a company. Such is the case with Soap Hope. Not only do they offer premium, all natural cosmetic and beauty products at affordable prices, but every single dollar goes into programs that help lift women from poverty around the world. Amazing, uh? I got the opportunity to test drive some of the fabulous brands that Soap Hope has to offer.

If you’re a natural beauty products lovin’ girl like I am, you’ll be aware of many of the brands. I’ve played around with Hugo Naturals before, have heard of Pangea Organics and put Mahya Cosmetics on my radar. But it was the stunning soaps from Indigo Bar that stole my heart.

Just how gorgeous is this Citrus Mint goat milk soap?

And trust me, darlin’. They feel as lovely as they look.

Formulated with all-natural everything (including dyes and fragrance), I have taken a total liking to Zum Bar. I found it to be super moisturizing, which is usually the case with all of the goat milk soaps I’ve tried. The price is about right too at $3.99. While I’ve been using this for face and body, I think it’s just too darn purty to NOT use as a handsoap as well.

So while I’ll be ordering more of these beautiful soaps, I’m also going to check out Zum Clean, Indigo Wild’s natural laundry detergent. I can’t use traditional laundry detergent because of my sensitive skin.

For more information about Soap Hope and to get your shop on, visit their website. Oh, and did I tell you that in addition to already having lower prices, they often offer coupons. Woo hoo!!

Giveaway! Caress Fine Fragrance Elixir body washes!

Ooooh yes, darlings…as we continue to celebrate Clumps of Mascara’s 4th anniversary, I’ve got another fantastic giveaway. Brace yourself for this one. This giveaway will make your summer a little sweeter…

Have you seen these gorgeous body washes in stores yet? I saw them at my local Target and fell in love at first whiff. I held from purchasing because my skin has been ultra sensitive; leaving me only able to use specially prescribed soaps and lotions. But that doesn’t mean a Clumps guy or gal can’t win one of these decadent body washes.

LUSH’s Dirty Collection. Can unisex products work?

As if I needed another reason to love LUSH, they’ve recently debuted a unisex line. They call the collection a ‘no-nonsense fragrance that hits you with intensely crisp spearmint, thyme and tarragon, and the subtle smell of calm seas’. Hmm, products that both guys and calls can use? I figured the best way to review this was to get the opinion of The Guy. The Guy is my boyfriend of almost a year that I never talk about online because I’m private like that. But who better to test drive these products with me than my right-hand man?

Brace yourself for this ride, kids. Me + The Guy =craziness.

Pooka Pure & Simple

 

Nothing excites me more than getting the opportunity to review products from up and coming brands. I fell in love with the Pooka Pure & Simple at first sniff. This women-owned business has a passion for natural skincare and haircare products. I soooo wish I could translate a smell into words. But since I can’t, you’ll have to fall for the pics. Brace yourself…