Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm

Cleansing balms are my favorite product for removing makeup. I find that they are most effective and super quick. I have a few holy grail favorites, but I am always in the market to try a new one.

I stopped by Ulta after work in need of a new balm. I saw that the Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm received good reviews online, so I picked up the sample size to try.

After giving it a go tonight, I have to say I really like it. It went on kind of greasy and thick at first which worried me. I thought it would leave a greasy residue as some cleansing balms do, but this washed off completely clean leaving no residue. I have to use it a few more times before I can decide if the full size is worth the $64 price tag but so far, so good!

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Do you use cleansing balms? Which is your favorite?

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty

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Indie Beauty Brands Shoutout

Of course we all know the popular beauty and makeup brands you can find at Sephora, Ulta or the drugstore, but what about Indie brands that don’t get as much attention? I follow a lot of natural, cruelty free, indie beauty brands on instagram and I am very intrigued but their products. I decided to create this monthly post where I will choose five of brands to feature. Here’s this month’s top five…

1. Shelby Naturals
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I was obviously first intrigued by this brand because my name is Shelby. I thought it would be cool to have a product with my name on it. After keeping up with their instagram posts and browsing their website, I really loved their products. Shelby Ondrus, the creator of Shelby Naturals, is so passionate about creating clean, effective products and she also shares her knowledge via her Youtube channel.
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2. Freck Beauty
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Freck first grabbed my attention on instagram with their realistic faux freckles product. I love freckles and always wished I had some. The faux freckle trend became popular in the beauty community last year, so I thought it was genius that this brand created a product specially for that. Freck recently expanded into skincare with their range called the Cactus Collection. I hope to continue to see great things from this brand.
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3. YLLO Beauty
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YLLO Beauty is natural beauty for a cause. I appreciate beauty brands that also give back. Their products involve turmeric which is known to have positive effects on the skin. 10% of purchase proceeds go to Plan International Canada’s Hatibandha Project which helps to end child marriages in south Asian countries.
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4. Sundays
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Finding nontoxic, cruelty free nail polish can be a challenge. Sundays not only has their own line of polish, they also have two studios in New York City where you can get your nails done. They pride themselves on creating a nontoxic, clean environment for their clients. They are revolutionizing the nail industry because pretty much every nail salon around uses products that are toxic and not cruelty free.
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5. Kai Fragrance
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Like nail polish, clean, cruelty free fragrances are also hard to come by. Kai offers a range of bath, body, home, perfume and hygiene products that are infused with natural essences.
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Which indie beauty brands are on your wishlist or which brands should I check out?

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty

Dynamic Duo

Farmacy is one of my favorite skincare brands, if not my absolute favorite. I have a good variety of their products, but two that I find work so well together are the Skin Dew and Honey Drop.

I first start out by spraying my face with the Skin Dew and then moisturizing with the Honey Drop. Both products make my dry skin feel incredibly hydrated and moisturized without breaking me out. The Honey Drop is very light-weight and almost feels like a gel/cream hybrid. It doesn’t leave a thick, cream residue on my face with I like about it.

If you haven’t tried Farmacy’s products, I highly recommend them. The products are natural made with clean ingredients. You can get them at Sephora or on Farmacy’s website.

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Have you tried anything from Farmacy? Let me know in the comments below!

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty

Beauty ABC’s

I was sitting at my desk trying to think of something new and creative to write about and it came to me. How about I go through the alphabet and for every letter, name my favorite beauty/makeup product that starts with that letter. Hopefully I can make this into a tag, so if you want to do your own version, tag me!

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A – Aloe Calming Cream Cleanser by The Body Shop
B – Blemish Clearing Serum by Juice Beauty
C – Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter by The Body Shop
D – DIPBROW™ Pomade by AHB
E – Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil by Essence
F – Fast Base Stick Foundation by Makeup Revolution
G – Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor by Bare Minerals
H – Heaven’s Hue Highlighter by Stilla
I – Illuminator by Iconic London
J – Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette by Morphe
K – KUSH High Volume Mascara by Milk Makeup
L – Lip Slip by Sara Happ
M – Matte Revolution Lipstick by Charlotte Tilbury
N – Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer by Urban Decay
O – Ouai Fragrance Melrose Place
P – Photo Finish Primerizer by Smashbox
Q – Quick Fix Hydracharged Complexion Prep Priming Spray by Urban Decay
R – Rosarco™ Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Crème by Briogeo
S – Superhero Mascara by It Cosmetics
T – Tutti Frutti Fruit Cocktail Blush Duo from Too Faced
U – Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer by Marc Jacobs Beauty
V – Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil by Drunk Elephant
W – Wowder by Glossier
X – X-Treme Access Pocket Shadow Palette by J.Cat Beauty
Y – Your Skin But Better™ CC+Illumination™ Cream with SPF 50+ by It Cosmetics
Z – Z Palette

What are your beauty abc’s? Tag me!

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty

August Favorites

The Body Shop Banana Body Yogurt

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This has been my go-to body moisturizer for Summer especially in August. The consistency of this is so cool. It literally looks like yogurt. It’s a gel based lotion that goes on so smooth and dries almost instantly. Lotions that dry fast are a must for me. I hate the feeling of lotion on my skin especially when I need to get dressed after applying. This is so light-weight and sinks into your skin fast. The smell is incredible as well. It smells just like banana pudding and the smell lasts on your skin for hours. When I apply it at night, I can still smell it the next morning. Personally, I like that.

Colourpop Crème Lux Lipstick in the shade Lay Over

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I love the Colourpop Luxe Lips formula and Lay Over has been my staple nude for Summer. Since I am pretty tan, I gravitate towards darker nudes. The formula is very unique. It’s almost feels like a creamy powder and it lasts on my lips for a while. At first I wasn’t keen on the formula, but the more I wore it, the more I realized it’s actually very cool.

Juice Beauty Oil-Free Moisturizer

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This August I decided to revisit an oldie but a goodie. I discovered Juice Beauty about a year ago and this moisturizer was my holy grail. I hadn’t used it in a while because my acne had cleared up. My acne started coming back at the end of July into August so I decided to try this again. This moisturizer is apart of their blemish clearing range and it definitely works. A little goes a long way because it is a rather thick formula. I love that this hydrates my skin and also treats my acne. Definitely a great clean, organic skincare option for fighting acne.

Too Faced Tutti Frutti Fruit Cocktail Blush Duo in the shade Cherry Bomb
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I got this blush towards the end of August but it quickly became my favorite blush of all time. When Too Faced announced their Tutti Frutti collection, I was at first hesitant because Too Faced had been launching products left and right. I thought to myself, uhh another fruit collection. Their peach products were a huge hit but it seemed like people were getting tired of them. There was something about the Tutti Frutti collection that drew me in. I knew I had to try one of the blushes. I opted for the cherry blush because I thought it would transfer well into the autumn season. This blush is incredible. It gives your cheeks are beautiful cherry wine flush and the shimmer side acts as a highlighter that melts perfectly into the blush. I highly recommend these.

What products did you love in August?

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty

July Favorites

BECCA x Chrissy Teigen Endless Bronze & Glow
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This highlighter has quickly become my favorite highlighter ever. It includes three shades, two highlighters and a bronzer. I swirl my brush through the whole pan and it gives me the most incredible, warm glow. It looks wet on my skin and it doesn’t accentuate texture. Some people were concerned that the bronzer would mix with the highlight and look weird. I can tell you, it doesn’t do that at all. I don’t want to say the bronzer get’s lost on your face, but the product definitely shows up as a true highlight.

Farmacy Clean Bee Ultra Gentle Facial Cleanser

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Farmacy skincare is my favorite skincare line. After trying some of their products and loving them, I made it my mission to try more. I had been using my Juice Beauty face cleanser and I felt like my skin was building up an immunity to it. I don’t know if you ever notice that after you use a product for so long, it seems to stop working. That may just be me. The Clean Bee cleanser is so light and clean. Farmacy uses all natural ingredients so I know my skin isn’t going to get irritated. This leaves my face feeling refreshed and hydrated.

Colourpop Ultra Blotted Lip in the shades Ocean Ave and Vitamin Sea

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The Ultra Blotted Lip formula from Colourpop is my favorite lip formula ever. I hate the feeling of lipstick on my lips. I have always been a chapstick or lip balm kind of girl. However, I love putting some color on my lips. This formula is like nothing else. I would describe the finish as if you had a ice pop and it stained your lips. It’s not an actual lip stain, it’s still considered a liquid lipstick, but the formula is so light and velvety. You have to try it for yourself. These two knew shades are stunning! The red shade, Ocean Ave, makes my lips look so healthy and cherry stained. Vitamin Sea is a beautiful warm nude and also makes my lips look so healthy.

Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronzer Perfect Tan in the shade Tantric 102
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This bronzer is something special. It would say it’s like a smoothing powder and bronzer in one. It is expensive, but I definitely notice it looks different on my skin than my other bronzers. I got the darker shade because I currently have a tan. I wish Marc would release more shades because this shade is almost still too light for me.

What products did you love in July?

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty

“Natural” Beauty Products that are NOT Cruelty Free

We seem to think that “natural” beauty products go hand in hand with being cruelty free. However, there are many brands in the beauty industry that have tricked many of us. It is so important to always do your research and I’m here to help. Here’s some natural beauty brands who are not cruelty free.

Fresh
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Origins
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Boscia
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Are you surprised to see that these brands aren’t cruelty free? Let me know in the comments below.

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty