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)


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)



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.


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


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)
AUSTRALASIA : $39 AUD online
AMERICAS:  $25US but only the cappuccino is available
UK & EUROPE: £18
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.

Liked this review? Jade publishes natural make up reviews for home use and stage and is passionate about dancers looking fabulous without toxic ingredients.  Follow the blog so you can save money and buy what works best.

Natural make up review: UV Natural sunscreen


When I started doing these reviews it was to share the good and bad of natural cosmetics with my friends and students. They are often quite expensive and who wants to waste money on an unsuitable product? I never imagined I would end up including something like sunscreen into the mix but this summer I realised just how important it is to protect your skin and to try and avoid bad tan lines. Of course, I knew it was important to protect your skin from too much sun but I have been out and about more this year and the sun has not been kind to my fair skin. Covering up tan lines so you still look professional in your costume is just plain tedious!

As always – scroll down for the summary if you don’t have time to read it all.

What’s wrong with ordinary sunscreens?

There seems to be 2 main risks

  1.  Many sunscreens do not protect against both UVA and UVB
  2.  Many contain ingredients that are carcinogenic or hormone disrupters. (As wearing sunscreen is to avoid skin cancer then the addition of these ingredients is ludicrous!)

UV Natural Sunscreen sport SPF 30+ Broad Spectrum


It comes in a 125g tube with a lid broad enough that it can stand up in your cupboard. The tube makes it easy to squeeze out the cream and apply it.


I trailed this sunscreen at 2 swimming carnivals I was helping out with.

Master9The packaging claims

  • No artificial Fragrances
  • Non greasy formula
  • Preservative Free
  • Moisturising
  • Hydrating

The fragrance was pleasant! I had children asking what the nice smell was and wanting to use my sunscreen instead of the cheap ones offered for free by the schools. Regular readers know I am pretty sensitive to synthetic fragrances and I had no trouble with the scent of this at all – over all it was very nice.

It was definitely moisturising and hydrating in that it seemed to sit so heavily on the skin there is very little chance of any kind of evaporation of moisture from the skin. I have to strongly disagree with it being non greasy. I tried to rub it in but it just didn’t seem to absorb at all. 5 hours later my legs still felt sticky and fluff etc stuck to them. My skin felt suffocated. I had to scrub thoroughly with soap to get it off in the shower.

It lasted well in the water however and no one that used it got burnt despite being in the Australian sun through the heat of the day and it being summer. It was less sticky at the end of the day when swimming was involved as I guess some of it washed away.

This is a product I would recommend for someone that is going to be doing some serious swimming or sport and wants a natural product. It worked well as a sunscreen.

I would not recommend this to any dancers that are likely to be performing on the same day that you apply it. It takes some effort to get off and you don’t want to miss a bit and have your chiffon skirt sticking to you while you dance. It would also be a poor choice for outdoor day time performances, it was just too sticky and definitely not appropriate to wear under make up.


The EWG gives this product a 1 ie very low toxicity rating and gives it a good rating for UVA/UVB balance.  Overall it has excellent safety credentials.


· zinc oxide 24.8%
· zinc stearate
· grape seed oil
· macadamia oil,
· natural vitamin E
· green tea extract
· grape seed extract
· colloidal silica
· Australian sandalwood
· lavender
· patchouli
· iron oxide

My summary: 4/5

– but not good for dancing!

Product: UV Natural Sunscreen sport SPF 30+ Broad Spectrum

Wearability:  2.5

Effectiveness: 5

Packaging: 5

Safety: 5

Suitable for day wear: yes, but better for swimmers than anyone else

Suitable for stage: NO!

Price: $33.95 AUD online or instore from Kombu

Where can I buy it: Locals can buy it instore at Kombu wholefoods in Bellingen or online at http://www.kombuwholefoods.com.au. It can also be purchased through numerous other sellers. Internationally you can find other stockists through the UV Natural webpage at http://www.uvnatural.comUVNatural_SPORT_box1_250

I have no affiliation with UV Natural.

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Do you have a preferred sun screen product for outdoor performances? Comment below?

The best of Jade Belly Dance 2012 – the blog posts that inspired

Ok, Ok, I submit to the constant suggestions of a retrospective, best of 2012 post.

Here are the top belly dance inspired posts of 2012 – be sure to have a read if you missed them!VAK  blog

5 ways to learn choreography faster

This was the post I wrote to consolidate all the tips I have learnt to get choreographies into your brain faster! This is not a skill that comes naturally for me so I have had to work hard at training my brain to remember sequences. I am rather proud of this one as it is information that could help dancers of any style.


Advanced Belly Dance Tip – How to pick a good workshop

When your time and money are limited, you have to be choosy…..


Belly Dance, Bras and Boobs – Is it safe to have your cup runneth over?

Randa Kamel 2

Randa Kamel – action shot with a very perky breast look.

This piece has been wildly popular and I HOPE the reason is due to the survey I ran on preferences between natural looking and squashed breasts, the information I provided regarding the possible increased risk of breast cancer with tighter bras and the 3 tips to love your breasts and your costumes. I hope it’s not just because I included the words ‘boobs’ and ‘belly dance’ in the title. Read it and tell me why you think it has been popular!!


Make-up reviews of products by popular Australian brand ‘Nude by Nature’nude_logo

I am lumping the 2 next most popular posts together as they are critiques on ‘natural’ make up. I am passionate about the ultimate health of dancers and want to support them in finding the best products for stage that won’t compromise their long term health.



Shakti Dance – Belly Dance Fusion Review

This is a style of dance I was not aware of until I visited Bali in 2012. I had a great time and highly recommend it – read on to find out what it was all about and how you can give it a go.



Belly dancing on the coast

Dancing out 2012 on the 12-12-12. No audience, just for fun. Photo: Tammy Mills-Thom

2012 had Jade Belly Dance gain more viewers than ever from 141 countries in all!
Most visitors came from Australia. The United States & The United Kingdom were not far behind however.

Jade Belly Dance blog resolutions for 2013 – to provide more content to help you all on your dance journeys, whatever your level and wherever you live. I take requests!! Tell me what you want to know more about and if I don’t know the answer, I will seek out an expert. Please feel free to comment below. One of my previously requested articles on hints to get the best custom made costumes online has been written and is scheduled for this month (it got pushed back a bit because of some urgent news) – Stay tuned!!!

Belly dance babies

2013 brings new energy and new dancers 🙂

While I am at it I want to thank my top commenters, SamimiIntermittante, Emily, and Jade (not me! Another lovely dancer). Fellow bloggers that let me know that there are real people out there reading my work!! Thank you guys you rock! (or raq 😉 )

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