Review: Benecos Nail Polish

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I have a love-hate relationship with nail polish. It seems like every time I decide to start wearing it, I take up a new hobby like playing the ukulele--which just happens to destroy polish. Most nail polishes chip off after a couple of days on my hands, and only a few have ever risen to the challenge of daily wear and tear. One of these special contenders is Benecos Nail Polish, which claims to be long-lasting and chip resistant.

Pros:
  • Long-lasting
  • Chip resistant
  • Smooth, silky finish
  • 5-free: No formaldehyde, toluene, camphor, phthalates or colophony
  • Large variety of colors
  • Vegan and gluten-free
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Review: Acure Superfruit Cleansing Gel

It would be nice if my blemish problems were limited to my teen years, but, unfortunately, they never seemed to vanish entirely. I have combination skin, so I seek out products that help with oil control in all the right places (forehead, nose, and chin). Acure sent me their Facial Cleanser Gel (Superfruit and Chlorella Growth Factor), which is targeted to combination and oily skin types. I put it to the test.

Pros:
  • Contains many organic ingredients
  • A little goes a long way
  • Lathers well
  • Pleasant fruity scent
  • Cleanses without drying
  • Vegan and gluten-free
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Article: The Difference Between CC creams, BB creams, and Tinted Moisturizers

In , / 9/08/2014
It might seem like you’re splitting hairs, but there are often subtle distinctions between these three un-foundations. Tinted moisturizers, BB creams, and CC creams will all typically have less coverage than a regular foundation. Foundations often have medium to heavy coverage, while these alphabet lotions will offer sheer to light coverage—with a few rare exceptions.
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Review: Zosimos Botanicals Lipstick (updated formula)

Like a great work of art, many cosmetics require iteration to reach their full potential. Sometimes a company listens and incorporates customer comments, reformulating products to create something even better. Zosimos Botanicals is one such company, and they recently reformulated their lipsticks to be even creamier than last time I reviewed them. Read on to see how the new version stacks up.

Pros:
  • Creamier formula
  • Broad color range
  • Eco-friendly refills available
  • Sample sizes offered
  • Gentle formula with organic ingredients
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Article: Pro Tips to Help Makeup Last

A finished look with BWC makeup
There is one main difference between a professional makeup application and a personal makeup application: the number of layers. Pros may apply several products before they even start with "base" layers such as foundation and concealer. Beauty Without Cruelty (BWC), a 100% vegan line, kindly sent me some products to help demonstrate some of these pro tips. Read on for some of my secrets for making your natural makeup last.
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Review: Annmarie Gianni's Sun Love

Annmarie Gianni recently sent me a product called "Sun Love," which appeared to be a sunscreen. After testing it, however, I discovered that this creamy, zinc-based sunscreen is more like a tinted moisturizer that offers sun protection. So just how does Sun Love perform?

Pros:
  • Yummy chocolate-lavender scent
  • Gentle, zinc-based sunscreen
  • Includes several organic or wildcrafted ingredients
  • Lightweight, tinted formula
  • No "sunscreen smell"
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Ask Kaylin: Gluten-Free Cosmetics and Beauty Products

In , / 8/25/2014
Gluten has been getting a lot of attention lately. If you have a bit of trouble with wheat, barley, and other glutenous ingredients, you're not alone. However, going gluten-free can be quite a big investment, particularly if you are trying to avoid it in beauty products as well. So just what is the deal with gluten-free makeup?

Lynn:
I get bloated when I eat wheat. Does this mean I should switch over my makeup to gluten-free products?
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