A natural solution to eye shadow fall out – Natural make up review

Inika Organic Crème Eye Shadow

Sick of fall out from your eye shadow? This could be the solution you have been looking for. Today’s review is on Inika’s organic crème eye shadow in champagne.

As always if you don’t want to read the details, just scroll down to the summary at the bottom for the review in a nutshell.Jade belly dance natural make up review (3)

Packaging

I have never tried a cream based eye shadow before and was intrigued by how it is packaged. It comes in a little black box that reveals a   7ml/ 0.26oz  bottle. The screw top lid covers an extended nozzle and it functions more like a tube, in that you squeeze out the product. My first attempt to use it resulted in me squeezing out far too much, I discovered that you don’t need a lot to get a good effect (approx. the size of a large pinhead)

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Wearability

I tried applying this with a brush, and also a cotton tip but ended up using my finger in preference. I found it easier to blend this way. I was interested to see how it would function when combined with the darker powdered eye shadow that I was using as an accent. I was pleasantly surprised that it was not too much of an issue to use two products of such different consistency. It takes a little practice to get use to it but it’s pretty forgiving being so light a colour. It’s the kind of make up even the biggest newbie should be able to handle as there is no fall out (i.e. the little sprinkles that fall over your face when you apply powders).

‘Champagne’ is really more of a highlight –  a bright neutral tone with a sparkle. I would suggest that if you want to use it with powdered products that you apply it first, let it dry and then continue. To make the highlight more noticeable though, apply afterwards with a very small amount on a cotton tip and go gently when blending.champagne_colour_for_eyes_swatch

This is a great product for daily use and is such an easy to combine shade – you could use it with almost any colour combination. Inika also sells this in the darker “Cappuccino” variety.  Together with Champagne, I would surmise that it would be a great, super easy natural look with just a touch of sparkle useful for day wear.

Being a moist eye shadow, it felt less drying to the eyes. The Inika website talks about its hydrating formula and that it is ‘crease-proof’. I found these claims to be quite true and think it would be particularly nice for older women.Champagne_Cr__me_50fde9db9f32c_110x110

Just because they were there when I first opened the package, I also tried this out on one of my teenage students, and my 7yr old daughter. Neither was wearing any make up at the time and even though this product seems to be getting marketed more as a brow highlighter than an eye shadow per se, it went really well with their youthful skin. I will put it on my daughter for World Belly Dance day this year which is a day time, outdoor family friendly event in Bellingen. Full stage make up would be garish under the circumstances but a bit of a light sparkle should look nice while she is performing.

As far as stage use is concerned – well, it could be useful as a hydrating undercoat and brow highlighter but it is quite subtle. It does last well and survive performance but it may not become one of your essentials in your stage make up bag.

Safety

As this product is not already reviewed by the EWG data base, I entered every ingredient by hand and can say the vast majority of them score a 0 for toxicity, which is commendable. All the others were low toxicity except for sodium hydroxide which scored 3 /9. As I stated before, I trust the ingredients list of this product enough that I would allow my 7yr old to use it.

It’s also certified organic, Yipee!logoitorganic

Ingredients

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Mica, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii(Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide, Natural Tocopherol, Simmondsia Chinensis(Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Persea Gratissima
(Avocado)Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Prunis Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Iron Oxides(CI 77491), Iron Oxides(CI 77492), Ferric Ferrocyanide, p-Anisic Acid, Water, Sodium Hydroxide.
Expirers : 12 months after opening

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From the Inika website:

  •  No petrochemicals and other synthetic substances
  • Non-organic products of animal origins
  • No talc
  • No fragrances and other colour components of non-organic or synthetic origin
  • Anti-microbial agents not produced from organic sources
  • No chelating agents based on EDTA and its salt
  • No fatty chain source material of petrochemical origin
  • No sulphonation, ethoxylation or propoxylation
  • No alkyl sulphates (eg sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium coco sulphate, ammonium lauryl sulphate)
  • No alkyl ether sulphates (eg sodium laureth sulphate, ammonium laureth sulphate)
  • No polyethylene glycol (PEGS)
  • No polysorbates (eg polysorbate 20)
  • No ethanolamides (eg cocamide DEA, cocamide MEA)
  • No chemically synthesized sunscreens
  • No potentially harmful preservatives such as parabens, sodium benzoate & parfum

 My summary: 5/5

Product: Inika Organic Crème Eye Shadow in Champagne
Effectiveness: 5
Packaging: 4.5
Safety: 5
Suitable for day wear: Definitely
Suitable for stage: possibly (as a highlighter)
 
Price:
AUSTRALASIA : $39 AUD online
AMERICAS:  $25US but only the cappuccino is available
UK & EUROPE: £18
NEW ZEALAND: $39NZ
Where can I buy it: Online for Aussies – click here. For the rest of the world click here
Locals you can also buy it at Kaboodle in Sawtell and Beauty on the Promenade in Coffs Harbour, Studio 287 Coramba and from Millissa Rossow at Moonee Beach.

I have no affiliation with Inika although they did send me this product as a free trial to review.

Have you tried creme eye shadow before? Please feel free to comment below and tell me your experience or to ask a question.

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Best stage eye shadow yet! Natural make up review.

I have so many natural cosmetic products I have trialled recently to review but this is one of the most exciting! So much bling!

Today’s review : Inika precious metallics silver collection

Jade Belly Dance Inika Silver Review (3)

(Available as a free gift for a short time when you make other Inika purchases, so now is the time to decide if it is for you!)

As always if you don’t want to read the details, just scroll down to the summary at the bottom for the review in a nutshell.

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Packaging

A fancy black cardboard box with a fabric handle is how this upmarket natural make up product is presented. Gorgeous graphics and design make you feel that maybe spending $85 on eye shadow was not so extravagant after all. But to be fair there is more than eyeshadow in the box. Inside you get your shiny silver make up bag, platinum mineral eye shadow, gun metal mineral eyeshadow, angle brush, shadow brush, certified organic eye liner in graphite and a Berry vegan lip whip. Presentation is excellent.

The 2 included brushes are full size and appear to be decent quality. They are also 2 of the most useful types of brushes to own for applying makeup. If you don’t already have an angle brush and shadow brush then go get some!!!Jade Belly Dance Inika Silver Review (9)

Wearability

The eyeshadows are in powder form in small 1.2g screw top containers with the usual plastic regulator cap with the little holes that helps you to not spill the lot or overload your brush. Personally i prefer pressed powders as i find them easier to use. I seem to get less fall out on my face when i use them.

With these products you have to be extremely vigilant to avoid getting silver sparkles all over your cheeks. Tapping out any excess on your brush helps as well as tilting your head back a bit when applying. If you apply them to someone else get them to hold a tissue under each eye to catch the pixie dust.

I tried the eyeshadows out not only on myself several times through the last few weeks but on 2 fellow dancers for a performance we did on Sunday. It was a hot sweaty day and my good friend Ash has this amazing ability to absorb all eyeshadow applied before she gets on stage. Not so with these eyeshadows – she still looked made up when we started to strut our stuff.

The platinum eyeshadow could also be used on its own for a dramatic highlight under the brows or in the inner corners of your eye.

The certified organic eyeliner in graphite applies smoothly and comes with a cap that is also a sharpener. This is a nice touch as it sooo annoying not being able to find your sharpener when you are in a hurry. It looks good when used with the 2 eyeshadows however for stage I added black eyeliner for more drama.

The biggest dud in this otherwise decadent package is the lip whip. Lip whip is a fancy term for lip gloss. The shade provided does not work for my complexion at all, even when done up with all the silver eye make up and using an Inika foundation. I think i will give it to my daughter to play with, I don’t really have any use for it at all. I would have been far more impressed with a proper lipstick included.

Due to the highly reflective shine and completely unnatural look, I think these products would be a bit much for most day jobs. They are, however, glorious for stage and night wear. I am in love. My only wish is that this product was cheaper!!

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The state the eyeshadow was in after wearing it all day and on stage – not bad I think!

Safety

INIKA is a luxury natural cosmetics brand. Half of the INIKA product range is Certified Organic, the other half comprises of 100% pure mineral makeup.

According to the wonderful EWG data base the:-

Inika lip whip – berry scores a 1 (ie very low toxicity) with all ingredients being either 2 or 0 in toxicity. For reference everything under a 3 is given a low toxicity rating which means this product is pretty darn safe based on current knowledge.

Inika Gun Metal Eyeshadow also scores a 1 although it had a few more ingredients with 2’s, I have to say I am very impressed by the quality and safety.

Inika Platinum Eyeshadow :1

Inika Eyeliner Graphite:2  Not quite as safe as the other products as it had one ingredient that was considered moderately toxic (TOCOPHERYL ACETATE). Still the overall rating was low toxicity.

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Inika certainly sounds committed to providing quality products here are their vows from their website:

  •  No petrochemicals and other synthetic substances
  • Non-organic products of animal origins
  • No talc
  • No fragrances and other colour components of non-organic or synthetic origin
  • Anti-microbial agents not produced from organic sources
  • No chelating agents based on EDTA and its salt
  • No fatty chain source material of petrochemical origin
  • No sulphonation, ethoxylation or propoxylation
  • No alkyl sulphates (eg sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium coco sulphate, ammonium lauryl sulphate)
  • No alkyl ether sulphates (eg sodium laureth sulphate, ammonium laureth sulphate)
  • No polyethylene glycol (PEGS)
  • No polysorbates (eg polysorbate 20)
  • No ethanolamides (eg cocamide DEA, cocamide MEA)
  • No chemically synthesized sunscreens
  • No potentially harmful preservatives such as parabens, sodium benzoate & parfum

My summary: 5/5

Product: Inika precious metallics silver collection

Effectiveness: 4.5 (looses .5 for fall out and because the lip whip is silly)

Packaging: 5

Safety: 5 (pretty outstanding safety considering how well it lasts on stage)

Suitable for day wear: not so much

Suitable for stage: YES!!!!

Price:

AUSTRALASIA : $85 AUD online as a set but available as a free gift when you purchase $100 worth of Inika products online, you also get free postage so it’s kind of like a $95 bonus available until the end of March 2013.

AMERICAS:  the package is only $68US with free postage (because you are spending over $50). Makes me want to pretend I am in the US

UK & EUROPE: £45 also with free postage as it is over £32 in value

NEW ZEALAND: $97NZ and free postage as its worth over $60

Where can I buy it: Online for Aussies – click here. For the rest of the world click here

Locals you can also buy it at Kaboodle in Sawtell and Beauty on the Promenade in Coffs Harbour, Studio 287 Coramba and from Millissa Rossow at Moonee Beach.

I have no affiliation with Inika.

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Physicians formula organic wear mascara review

Physicians formula organic wear mascara

Next natural product under review is physicians formula organic wear mascara. Being a mainstream brand this is much more easily found than some of the other brands I have reviewed. I bought this one in priceline but does it hold up to stage use???

Packaging

The pack I bought was a cute twin pack – one mascara apparently was a bonus, got to love a bargain. The box contained lots of information including a table with the reasons why this was a superior product to regular mascaras (more on that below). Actually the box is a mass of claims from everything about its 5x lash boosting power to its eco credentials. The Mascara sticks themselves are a very unique design, a very fat beige body with green leaves on it and a metallic green leaf shaped lid (.26oz/7.5g each). There is no mixing this product up with regular brands!! I think they were going for a tree look. Unconventional, a bit silly but hey – I am a belly dancer and I love that they added bling and thought outside the box. The recyclable eco brush was a nice touch too and I didn’t find it any more difficult to use than a regular one.

Wearability

It works just fine for everyday use. I must confess to not wearing this product as much as others I have reviewed because I tend to favour getting my eyelashes dyed and just using that for my every day look.

I used it for a performance too. It is functional and if half the claims they make about the product are true then it’s worth the switch. I didn’t think it had as much impact as some regular brands like say Rimmel Extra super lash but when I applied one product to each eye, you could hardly tell the difference. It is a little thicker in consistency when applying though which made it fractionally trickier to apply. It will make your lashes thicker and darker but maybe not quite as much as some high impact brands. It would work brilliantly with false lashes if you wanted that bigger look however.

Safety

It claims to have 100% natural origin – straight after the words Organic Wear. On the back of the box it says certified organic by ECOCERT. I feel this could be a bit misleading to consumers. I bought it thinking it was 100% organic and certified and it turns out that it is in fact only 47% from organic farming. Same mistake was made on a youtube review of this item too!

It is interesting that they got certification for partially organic ingredients – I have not heard of this before but I am pretty pleased that a big name brand is trying to clean up at least some of its act.

So here are the claims:-

  • 100% Free of Harsh Chemicals
  • 100% Free of Synthetic Preservatives
  • 100% Free of Parabens
  • 100% Free of Synthetic Fragrances & Colors
  • 100% Cruelty Free
  • 100% Free of GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms)
  • 100% Recyclable Eco-Brush defines each lash with ultra-soft plastic bristles.
  • 100% Free of Clumping, Smudging, Flaking, Fibers & Dyes.
  • Hypoallergenic. Safe for Sensitive Eyes and Contact Lens Wearers.

I don’t really have any reason to doubt these claims as there has been independent testing although as with all make up products – claims like no clumping, smudging and flaking are relative. It does have fall out when you rub it hours later for example – so did the rimmel product. I also ran the ingredients list through the EWG website. Most ingredients came up with a 0 toxicity (the best), 2 ingredients got a 2 which is still very low and one of these was rice protein! I am not concerned about rice protein personally. The biggest concern was the Magnesium aluminium silicate that is ranked a 4 or moderately toxic. It is a fair way down the ingredients list so the amount should be quite small but it is implicated in developmental and reproductive and neurotoxic issues – never things you want to subjecting yourself too. If they could leave that out it would be near perfect. As I am not sure how much is in the product I can’t defiantly say this product is not toxic but I can say that overall it is of low toxicity. My Rimmel mascara scored an overall 6 from the EWG – that is moderately toxic and damn side more scary than the physicians formula organic wear product.

So, yes I would wear it again and in preference to other mascaras but I will keep my eyes open for a product as good but minus the magnesium aluminium silicate.

Ingredients: Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Water*, Glycerin, Iron Oxide, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Glyceryl Stearate, Water, Beeswax*, Jojoba Esters, Tapioca Starch*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Cellulose Gum, Cinnamic Acid, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract*, Glycine Soya (Soybean) Oil*, Hydrolyzed Oryza Sativa (Rice) Protein, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Phenylalanine. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide *Produced from Organic Farming.

My summary: 4/5

Product: physicians formula organic wear mascara.

Effectiveness: 3.5

Packaging: 4.5

Safety: 4

Size: .26oz/7.5g each

Suitable for day wear: yes

Suitable for stage: ok not brilliant – good with falsies

Where can I buy it: in oz – priceline is the only place but in the US you should find it easy to spot it’s in so many major stores, eg k-mart, wall mart, target, drugmart, drugstore, etc

Click here to find what shops stock it near you.

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