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

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

Sephora Summer Wish List

Farmacy Bright On Massage-Activated Vitamin C Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy™
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Farmacy has become my favorite skincare brand, so when I found out they were releasing a new mask, I knew I had to get it. This Vitamin C mask detoxes your face removing impurities. Plus, it changes colors which is pretty fun.

Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer
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Now that it’s Summer, I want to get into using more cream products. I have heard amazing things about this product and I think it’s a perfect way to start. You get a ton of product in this stick and it’s creamy and easy to blend.

Milk Makeup Kush High Volume Mascara
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Another product from Milk I have to try is the new Kush mascara. This mascara made quite the buzz on social media because of well, it’s name. The mascara is formulated with cannabis oil which allows for the creamy, nourishing formula.

Becca Be a Light Face Palette
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Becca makes some of my favorite face products. I use their First Light Primer almost everyday along with their bronzer and highlighter. When I saw this new palette release, I was very intrigued. The product looks so beautiful and I like how you can get your entire face done in one palette. This palette contains a brightening powder, blur powder, blush and contour that you can also use as a bronzer.

Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation
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I usually never try foundations labeled as “matte” but this one has caught my eye. This foundation didn’t create too much of a buzz when it released with the Too Faced Peaches n’ Cream collection. For some reason, now it’s becoming popular and a lot of beauty influencers are talking and raving about it. I’m interested to see what a “comfort matte” is. I wonder if it will be more hydrating than a regular matte foundation.

Any products on your wishlist? Let me know in the comments below.

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty

Skincare Gems

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It’s always been important for me to use natural, cruelty-free skincare products. I have recently found some hidden gems that have changed my skin. Here’s what I have been loving…

Farmacy Skin Dew Hydrating Essence Mist & Setting Spray
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I recently discovered Farmacy while trying to find a cruelty-free cleansing balm. I first tried their Green Clean cleansing balm which is now a staple in my collection. My friend recommended this skin mist to me so I actually bought the travel box set which included it. This mist smells amazing and fresh, just like limes. I love to spray this on my face after washing my face and then go in with the next product I will talk about. It really hydrates and gives my skin a healthy dewy, glow. Since it is an essences, it will make your other skincare products works even better.

Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy™
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At first I was hesitant to try a firming product because I only use products for acne and dry skin. The first time I tried this overnight, I woke up in the morning and immediately noticed that the two lines across my forehead were almost completely gone. I could not believe I had seen such a drastic difference over one night. I love to put this on after I spray the skin dew on my face.

Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy™

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This mask is so cool. Well actually, it’s hot. It’s a warming gel mask, so as you rub it onto your face, it warms up and turns white. After washing it off, my face felt so clean and soft. I then followed up with the firming balm and essence for the perfect skincare cocktail.

Lips 101 Ointment Strawberry Multi-Balm

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Lanolips makes my favorite lip balms. I recently discovered this brand last year at Ulta. The packaging intrigued me so I decided to pick one up. The strawberry one is so nice. You can put it on thick and use it overnight as a lip mask, or you can put it on lightly as an everyday lip balm. I also get very dry around my mouth, so I put some balm on the dry patches overnight and it’s so much better in the morning.

Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Touch Hand Cream

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Coming out of the winter season, my hands are still dry. My least favorite hand creams are ones that stay wet, thick or sticky on your hands. A lot of people love the Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Cream but a body cream wasn’t what I needed. I specifically needed a hand cream and I am so glad I got this. It smells just as good as the Bum Bum cream but this goes on your skin so light and it dries instantly. However, it doesn’t feel like it did nothing for your skin. It really feels like it sinks right into your skin.

What are your skincare gems?

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty

Let’s Talk About Sweat

Going cruelty-free was one of the most rewarding decisions I have ever made. It’s been easy finding cruelty-free makeup and skincare, but what has been difficult, is finding deodorant. If you go to Walmart or your local drugstore, the majority of deodorant brands like Dove, Speed Stick, Mitchum, Secret and Soft & Dri, all test on animals.

It has taken some extra time and research, but I have found some cruelty-free deodorants at the drug store that actually work better than the non cruelty-free brands.

Schmidts Deodorant Bergamot + Lime Deodorant Stick
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This is a new find and has quickly become my all time favorite deodorant. It smells incredible without being overpowering. I am a stress sweater and this keeps me dry and odorless all day, especially at work when the pressure is on.

Tom’s of Maine Naturally Dry Deodorant, Natural Powder

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This goes on dry which I love. I was never a fan of wet deodorants because that seems to defeat the purpose. The smell is nice floral scent that doesn’t smell like baby powder which I hate. This is definitely my second favorite!

CVS Cool Moisturizing Antiperspirant & Deodorant, Cucumber & Green Tea Scent

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Before I went cruelty-free, I used to love the Dove cucumber deodorant. When I found out that CVS had a cruelty-free dupe, I had to try it. The CVS one is just as good as the Dove, if not better. The smell is identical and so is the effectiveness. CVS also does dupes for the Dove body washes. So why not get the more affordable and cruelty-free option?

Ban Invisible Solid Antiperspirant Deodorant Sweet Simplicity

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I tried Ban a while ago when I was in college and I didn’t even know it was cruelty-free. I remember loving it, especially the fresh, fruity smell!

Which cruelty-free deodorant do you love or which one do you want to try?

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty