Springing for SPF: 100% Pure Pomegranate Antioxidant Hydration SPF 20 Review

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In anticipation of sunnier months, I’ve been searching for the perfect daily moisturizer with SPF. Since I greened my skincare routine, I hadn’t tried a natural option for a facial moisturizer with SPF and I was mixing my favorite facial cream (Pai’s Geranium and Thistle Day Cream) with a separate sunscreen. I’ve run out of the Pai moisturizer (though I’ll be buying more in the future since I love it) so I have been trying out new moisturizers in the hopes of finding another gem. Added SPF is a definitely a plus.

I’ve always enjoyed 100% Pure products for the brand’s transparency, use of all natural ingredients, affordable pricing, and availability. During the winter holiday season, I was able to pick up a few 100% Pure products for only $10 each from the brand’s Black Friday deals. I thought it’d be a great chance to try out one of their daily facial moisturizers with SPF, which is normally $26 for 1.6oz. I excitedly started using the Pomegranate Antioxidant Hydration moisturizer during a couple ski trips throughout the winter and the months that followed when the sun started to stay out longer. According to 100% Pure, this moisturizer has many key benefits for the skin:

  • 100% natural, 100% vegan, gluten free
  • moisturizing formula with SPF 20 to block UVA/UVB rays
  • antioxidants protect against environmental damage to the skin

I loved the fruity, berry smell of this moisturizer and packaging too; the squeezable tube and pump applicator makes this moisturizer easy to apply and simple to take on the go. However, the moisturizer’s texture was just not a winner for me. It is not smooth nor easy to blend over the face at all. In fact, the moisturizer’s texture is a bit weighty and chalky. I was shocked to find how white my skin was after I applied to my face. You have to rub this moisturizer in really good (though the thick texture makes it a bit difficult) and even after applying it over the skin, the white tint is still pretty apparent. In order to use this daily moisturizer, I found that adding a lightweight daytime facial oil (I used Gressa’s Purifying Oil) helped to soften the texture of the moisturizer, spread the cream more evenly over my face, and allow it to sink into to my skin.

It was hard for me to apply makeup over this moisturizer due to the non-budging texture. It could make a solid base for the face but I found it difficult to blend other face products over this moisturizer. I also felt the thick, white cast was visible through most of my makeup. For these reasons, I only liked to wear this cream with minimal face makeup on.

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Overall, the 100% Pure Pomegranate Antioxidant Hydration SPF 20 did keep skin moisturized, never made my skin feel too dry nor flakey, and kept my face feeling protected in harsh weather. I think the thicker texture was nice especially when I used this while I was outdoors in cold weather or when I knew I’d be doing something active such as outdoor sports. I didn’t enjoy this much as a regular, daily facial cream.

Super light weight, fast absorbing anti-aging facial moisturizer with SPF 20 to protect your skin against the sun’s harmful UVA (ultra violet aging) and UVB (ultra violet burning) rays. In addition to sun protection, concentrated with antioxidants to protect against environmental damage (free radicals) such as pollution, radiation, smoke, smog, car exhaust, etc. Truly, 100% Pure – this nourishing day time emulsion is not polluted with chemicals, fragrances, preservatives or any other toxins.

I really wanted to like this product but it just didn’t work well for my skin or my needs. I thought the ingredients were great and my face felt soft and moisturized after applying but I didn’t like the geisha-like white-cast nor the tough ability for this cream to blend. I don’t think I will be repurchasing this product. I also think a product should be effective to use on its own, and did not like having the extra step of adding a facial oil to it. So, onward and upward on the search for a better, green SPF moisturizer!

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You can purchase the 100% Pure Pomegranate Antioxidant Hydration SPF 20 moisturizer for $26 online at 100% Pure’s website. Read my reviews on other 100% Pure products: Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer, and Coffee Bean Eye Cream.

Have you tried this product or any of the 100% Pure SPF Moisturizers? What is your favorite daily SPF moisturizer? (I could use some tips!) I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Ingredients: Active Ingredients: 15% Titanium Dioxide 10% Zinc Oxide Inactive Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Juice)*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Beeswax, Extracts of Organic Camelia Sinensis Leaf (White Tea)*, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf (Rosemary), Origanum Vulgar Leaf (Oregano),Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf (Thyme),Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) and Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark (Cinnamon) * Certified Organic

 

*Product was purchased by me, all opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links.

 

 

Cup of Joe, For Your Baggy Eyes: 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream Review

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I’ve been trying to cut down my coffee intake mostly because the caffeinated after-effect makes me feel worse rather than better. But there’s something about the New York City 9 to 5 grind (and in any other city, really) where by the time Monday rolls around you definitely need a hot Cup of Joe to start your week. Same goes for my face lately, even though I’m still not at the age where wrinkles are visible nor where my dark circles are too enhanced, I also feel the need for a facial-boost to start my day.

Enter, 100% Pure’s Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream. Every morning and night I dab a little bit of this cream under my eyes, let it sink in and continue with my daily routines. At first sniff, the cream produces a wonderful coffee bean scent that immediately jolts my tired, puffy under-eyes awake and keeps my skin glowing and moisturized. For the scent-sensitive, the smell does fade quickly. I feel instantly wide-eyed after applying this cream and look more awake. Soothes my puffy under-eyes and keeps my eye area moisturized all day long. Oh, if only I’d discovered this gem of a product in college!

Besides from its dreamy scent, the Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream is concentrated with anti-aging vitamins, antioxidants and rosehip oil to nourish and maintain youthful, healthy skin. The cream is also 100% natural, 100% vegan and gluten free. Also, I bought the small .50oz tube size about 4 months ago and still seems like there’s an endless amount of product left! A little goes a long way.

100% Pure’s website describes this cream as:

“anti-inflammatory, caffeine rich green tea and coffee de-puffs and brightens dark circles”

Tips for applying: Dab the cream in small dots around your under-eyes. Use your ring finger to gently pat the cream into the skin. The area around your eye is a very sensitive spot on your face which is why it can be the most prone to wrinkles. Using the ring finger to apply eye cream is ideal as it will be easy to maneuver and will use less pressure and less amount of pull on your skin. Never tug or drag your finger around the eye area as this can easily cause more wrinkles.

Although I don’t have any wrinkles (yet) nor extremely dark eye circles, I’ve been using my 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream for daily, effective prevention. And also for that lovely, caffeinated feeling on my skin!

100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream is $10 for .50oz or $19 for 1oz. Purchase online here. I’ve also spotted 100% Pure products sold at select Duane Reade stores in NYC.

Do you use any eye creams? Have you tried 100% Pure’s Coffee Bean Eye Cream? Would love to hear about your experiences!

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Juice*, Organic Rose Hydrosol*, Organic Rosehip Oil*, Organic Green Coffee*, Vitamin E (tocopherol), Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate), Extracts of: Coffee Cherry, Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Goldenseal, Vanilla Absolute, Candelilla Wax   *Certified Organic

I purchased this product myself and these are my honest opinions.

100% Pure Tinted Moisturizer Review

I’ve never been much of a foundation girl and besides from occasional acne breakouts, I’ve been blessed with clear skin. Even from the time I started wearing makeup in high school, I never wore foundation as it always felt too heavy on my skin and seemed to make my skin worse rather than better. I liked the lighter consistency of tinted moisturizers and that they helped improve my skin without totally hiding my natural features. I’ve dabbled with quite a number of tinted moisturizers over the years and I’m happy to say I’ve finally found an amazing, organic tinted moisturizer, the Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer from 100% Pure.

I was searching for the perfect tinted moisturizer that would even out my skin-tone, provide me with some sun protection, was lightweight and was healthy for my skin. I first checked out the 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented TInted Moisturizer at a nearby Duane Reade in NYC within their prestige cosmetics section, the LOOK Boutique (within select Duane Reades but there’s also a freestanding LOOK Boutique on Wall Street).  I have a difficult time matching my skintone but thankfully at Duane Reade I was able to find a good match before ordering online.

There are 7 colors to choose from on the 100% Pure website and I found my perfect match to be White Peach, the 2nd lightest color in the line. I’m also able to use the Golden Peach color for when my skin is tan but it’s a bit too orange-toned for my regular skintone . Keep in mind, because the ingredients are based on the use of peach pigments, there does seem to be an orange-peachy tint to the colors (at least in the lighter tones).

100% Pure says this tinted moisturizer is medium coverage but I would say it is actually light to medium coverage. If you have blemishes or spots you want to cover, you’ll probably want to use a concealer or a foundation on top of this tinted moisturizer. I have various sun-spots and light freckles in areas under my eyes that are still visible even after putting one layer of this tinted moisturizer on. However, I do find the tinted moisturizer does cover up my redness well. I love how lightweight it feels and I sometimes forget I have it on my face!

Top to bottom: White Peach, Golden Peach

Top to bottom: White Peach, Golden Peach

The Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer is lightweight, moisturizing and is a good match for my skin tone. The smell is pleasant and fruity yet the scent doesn’t last long after application. My favorite part about the Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer is that it’s made up of antioxidants that nourish and protect your skin. I enjoy wearing this everyday and though it’s light coverage, it gives me a nice “my skin but better” overall-finished look. I never feel like I’m wearing make-up when I have this tinted moisturizer on rather, I feel like I’m feeding my skin and making it healthier especially because I know the ingredients are healthy for my face.

Other yummy ingredients include white tea, acai oil, pomegranate oil, peach and apricot pigments and Vitamin E. It also has natural sun protection from the titanium dioxide and zinc oxide ingredients. Since it is a tinted moisturizer, my face looks more dewy than matte after use so I’d recommend using a finishing powder or mineral foundation if you want to avoid this or have more oily skin. Personally, I have dry skin and do like the glow and dewiness that’s produced but I’m not sure if I’d wear this for evening events or if I am expecting to be photographed.

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Wearing 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer in White Peach, eyeshadows from Red Apple Lipstick, Lip2Cheek in Smile from RMS

I like that 100% Pure’s mission is to offer products that are 100% free of synthetic chemicals, fragrances, chemical preservatives, harsh detergents, artificial colors and other unhealthy toxins. In addition, their products are vegan (no animal testing nor use of animals in products) and the brand is very transparent in aspects of ingredient labeling and product descriptions. Also, being about to find their products in select Duane Reade drugstores is also a plus!

In addition, the customer service at 100% Pure is phenomenal. I initially received a damaged bottle of the tinted moisturizer: the pump was broken and product was spilled all over the bottle and packaging when I opened it. I sent the company an email with a picture of it and the next morning, a member of the online sales team sent me a response and an invoice with shipment tracking for a brand new bottle, free of charge. Probably the best online customer service I’ve experienced in a long time! 🙂

Have you tried the Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer or any other products from 100% Pure? 

Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinited Moisturizer Ingredients:Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Pigments of Peach, Apricot, Carrot, Pomegranate, Cocoa Bean, Goji Berry and Tomato, White Tea, Cucumber Juice, Aloe Juice, Acai Oil and Pomegranate Oil, Vitamin E (a-tocopherol), Vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate), Rice Starch, Candelilla Wax, Extracts of Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Grapefruit Seed, Japanese Honeysuckle, Goldenseal and Cinnamon

This post was not sponsored. All products were purchased by me.

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Pure Forever, a new luxury skincare line from 100% Pure

Note: This is not a sponsored blog entry of any sort, I was not influenced or paid by 100% Pure. I am just expressing my love and excitement for a brand I like! 🙂Image

A favorite natural beauty brand of mine, 100% Pure, has recently announced a new skincare line called, Pure Forever. This new line adds to the brand’s already-awesome arsenal of cosmetics and skincare products made from organic and naturally-derived ingredients. The mission of 100% Pure is to offer products that are “truly 100% pure-no synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, harsh detergents or any other unhealthy toxins.” The brand is also committed to being a vegan, cruelty-free brand that does not test on animals.

The Pure Forever line is marketed as the brand’s new luxury skincare products featuring a interesting lineup of facial scrubs, moisturizers, serums, eye creams and cleansers similar to the regular 100% Pure products however, with new ingredients, luxe packaging and higher price points. The Pure Forever line was unveiled last week on 100% Pure’s Facebook page: “We developed this line of luxury skincare products for purists without limits. These highly potent formulas are all natural, 100% vegan, and gluten free. Launching exclusively on our website & in 100% Pure retail stores only.”

Currently featured Pure Forever products from 100% Pure

Currently featured Pure Forever products from 100% Pure

Claiming to be highly potent, the new Pure Forever products definitely make me curious to try while the new ingredients and chic-er packaging surely has me itching to purchase something. With products such as “Matcha Green Tea Cleansing Foam”, “Vegetable Detoxing Facial Mask”, “Mushroom & Peptides Firming + Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream”, and “Pomegranate Moisturizer”, they almost seem to delicious to be true! With an increase of organic/natural luxury skincare and cosmetics that may not deliver in terms of benefits ( many only seem “luxurious” in packaging and pricing with no real benefits), I’m curious to see if 100% Pure delivers something different to the organic/natural stage.

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The prices for Pure Forever products are a bit higher than their normal product line, starting at $32-$45 for facial cleansers/scrubs,  $45-$55 for eye creams, $48 for moisturizers, $65 for the anti-aging serum, and $58 for a night repair balm. Considering there are many high-end organic skincare lines out there, I think there are more expensive and often times less-effective products than 100% Pure products.

I’m excited to try a few of these new products and to see if the Pure Forever products truly are a potent, effective luxury skincare line. Unless you live near a free-standing 100% Pure Retail store, you can only snag some of these online. Check out the Pure Forever line at https://www.100percentpure.com/pure-forever-s/659.htm or browse the full 100% Pure product offerings: http://www.100percentpure.com/

Have you tried any of the new Pure Forever products? Which ones are you interested in trying? Do you have any favorite 100% Pure products?