Spring Brights: ILIA Beauty Spring Collection Tinted Lip Conditioners Jump and Hold Me Now Review

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After a long, harsh Winter there’s nothing better to look forward to than the return of sunny days and (hopefully) warmer Spring months. I’m always excited when I can bring out my lighter and brighter lipstick colors! I couldn’t resist picking up both limited edition Tinted Lip Conditioner shades from ILIA Beauty’s Spring 2014 Collection, Jump and Hold Me Now. I bought both from one of my favorite online green beauty shop, Spirit Beauty Lounge.

Formulated with organic jojoba oil, candelilla wax, vitamin E, and grape seed extract, Jump and Hold Me Now have the same creamy, moisturizing formula as always that keeps lips conditioned and nourished. Though mostly sheer in color, they leave behind a glossy sheen and are buildable in color. Lip Conditioners also have a pleasant, sweet scent. To me, the texture is in-between a lipstick and a lip balm, and leaves behind a lasting stain on the lips. The sheer formula is also perfect for mixing colors together to create a unique tint and can be applied as a light blush on cheeks.  I prefer wearing these Lip Conditioners more often than lipsticks because of their creamy, balm-like texture and the ability to build up color intensity.

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Jump ($26) is a gorgeous, sheer fuschia described as a “bright pop of magenta, mixed with hints of electric, blue undertones.” Since I usually gravitate towards deeper, bolder lip colors mostly in the maroon, red, and mauve families, I was immediately drawn to Jump out of the two limited edition colors. As a lip conditioner, this sheer hue is definitely not as bold as it looks in the package but it can be built up easily. Jump is a sultry magenta that leans more to a red-pink color on my lips with a glossy finish. Although it was not as bright nor as true to purple as I expected, I still really love how Jump looks on the lips and think it would be a flattering color on most skintypes. Jump also looks lovely with less coats for a sheer, deep pink look.

Jump did leave behind a nice, deep stain and the color lasted as long as the usual wear for Tinted Lip Conditioners on my lips (up to about 5-6 hours before needing to reapply).If you’re a bit hesitant to go for a full-on bright, fuschia lip color (perhaps like, Neon Angel) then Jump may be a great option for you. It’s perfect for anyone who wants a more wearable purple with buildable color intensity that can be worn for many occasions or different times of day.

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Hold Me Now ($26) is “a soft pastel pink” inspired by ILIA’s popular multi-stick cream blush in Tenderly. This color is a sheer white-hued pink with a subtle sheen finish. Originally, I didn’t think I’d purchase Hold Me Now because it’s a color I normally would never wear, but I thought it’d be interesting to try it and to have in my collection. Hold Me Now applies very sheer and for those with darker lips like mine, you may need more than two coats for the color to show. Built up, Hold Me Now appeared as more of a soft, nude pink hue leaning more towards a nude, frosty lip than towards an opaque pink. Reminiscent of the pastel lip color trends from the 90s, the white-pink tint from Hold Me Now is a flattering lip color for paler skintones. This color is definitely not as opaque as Jump but I’ve learned to love a less intense look using this product.

For me, Hold Me Now was noticeably more dry in formula and more sheer in color than Jump. I felt that using a lip balm before applying Hold Me Now was necessary as I experienced that the product clung to dry spots on my lips and was prone to flaking. Overall, this color is definitely unique and evokes an innocent, feminine look while also leaving behind a sheerer stain on lips. (I think this lip color makes me look younger, in a good way!) Especially if you have a lighter skintone or cooler undertones, Hold Me Now or any pastel and whiter hued lip color, is a fun trend to try for Spring!

You can buy both of these Limited Edition Tinted Lip Conditioners online at ILIA Beauty , Spirit Beauty Lounge, or at Eco Diva Beauty (US & CA).

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I was initially disappointed with these limited edition colors from the ILIA Beauty Spring Collection but I’ve learned to love them and am glad I picked them up before they have sold out. I think both colors could also be great to wear on the cheeks as a blush. I was expecting Jump to be a brighter purple color and that Hold Me Now would have been a more opaque pink. Both however, are unique colors I hadn’t experienced before and are of the superior, creamy, moisturizing Tinted Lip Conditioner formula that I love.

Have you tried ILIA’s Jump or Hold Me Now? Which color would you choose? What are you favorite natural or organic lip products? Read my review of my other favorite Tinted Lip Conditioner, Arabian Knights here.

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Ingredients Jump: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Sesamum Indicum (Seasame) Seed Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Tocopheryl Acetate (Natural Vitamin E), Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Seed Extract, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dixoide, Iron Oxide (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491), Red 7 CI15850, Red 28 CI45410, Yellow 5 CI19140. *Certified Organic Ingredients. Ingrédients Certifiés Biologiques.

Hold Me Now: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Sesamum Indicum (Seasame) Seed Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Tocopheryl Acetate (Natural Vitamin E), Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Seed Extract, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dixoide, Iron Oxide (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491), Red 7 CI15850, Red 28 CI45410, Yellow 5 CI19140. *Certified Organic Ingredients. Ingrédients Certifiés Biologiques.

 

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Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil Review

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My friends at Juice Beauty kindly sent me a pre-launch sample of their new Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil ($32, 4oz) which was recently released online. I’ve been trying it out in the meantime and want to share my thoughts:

Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular skincare line features many great organic products specifically geared towards treating anti-aging and anti-wrinkle benefits. Who wouldn’t want organic products that effectively treat and prevent aging?

Along with fruit acids as normal ingredients in Juice Beauty products, the Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil is a “deep cleansing oil formulated with grapeseed, may chang, ho wood and sunflower oils. A proprietary blend of fruit stem cells and Vitamin C are infused into an organic, resveratrol-rich grapeseed base”. Juice Beauty’s own blend of fruit stem cells includes apple buds, grape buds & lemon bark. You can use this Cleansing Oil as a regular facial cleanser or as a makeup remover, especially for eye makeup removal.

I found the texture of the Cleansing Oil to be a bit on the greasy, watery side though it did feel ultra-moisturizing when applied on my face. My skin really drinks it in! The scent is not surprisingly, citrus-based and fruity. I enjoyed using the Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil on a cotton pad to remove heavy eye makeup. It cleared everything away without leaving my eyes dry or irritated. I will say, this does leave the skin a bit oilier than other cleansing oils I have tried.

As a facial cleanser, this thick, yellow-tinted oil is soothing, gentle and perfect for everyday use. It cleanses and nourishes my skin while leaving it super smooth and supple. Due to it’s greasy texture, I preferred using this Cleansing Oil in the evening for a deep, moisturizing cleanse or for removing my makeup.

Due to it’s deep cleansing, moisturizing nature I would recommend this to anyone whose skin is a bit on the dry side or for those with mature skin. This Cleansing Oil will moisturize, cleanse and treat your skin without irritation or dryness and meanwhile helps to nourish your skin.

Juice Beauty products never include any: Parabens, petroleum, pesticides, propylene or butylene glycols, phthalates, sulfates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, GMO, silicones, artificial dyes or fragrances.

Check out Juice Beauty’s informative page on why cleansing oils are more beneficial and effective for cleansing skin here.

I introduced my mom to Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Moisturizer  (as well as their eye cream) which is another lovely product from the line perfect for all skintypes but specially great for dry or mature skin. I love that all Juice Beauty products include organic ingredients that really feed and treat the skin and produce visible results. Juice Beauty products are also affordable and accessible online and in most Ulta stores.

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 Ingredients: (Juice Beauty proprietary blend of fruit stem cells: apple buds, grape buds & lemon bark.) Helianthus annuus (organic sunflower seed oil)*, caprylic/capric triglyceride, polysorbate 80, vitis vinifera (organic grapeseed oil)*, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (Vitamin C), tocopherol (Vitamin E), organic juices of pyrus malus (organic apple juice)*, citrus medica limonum (organic lemon juice)*, malus domestica (apple buds), vitis vinifera (grape buds) & citrus limonum (lemon bark), litsea cubeba (may chang) and cinnamomum camphora (ho wood) pure essential oils.  * = Certified organic ingredient 

Have you tried any products from Juice Beauty? What do you use as a regular cleansing product? What are your thoughts on cleansing oils?

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MyChelle Clear Skin Serum Review

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During the summer I did a VISIA complexion analysis at Whole Foods where I learned the status of my skin and added more exfoliation and oil-control to my daily skincare routine. One of the products recommended to improve my complexion was the MyChelle Dermaceuticals Clear Skin Serum ($33, 1oz). Used regularly, this potent serum minimizes oily-blemish prone skin, clears pores, and aids in skin repair. Initially I purchased this serum because the Whole Foods esthetician incorrectly noted I could use this alone as an acne spot treatment (you can’t, really) but I’m glad I picked this up because it is a great product for maintaining clear, balanced skin.

“Powerful bioactives deeply calm, balance oil and keep pores purified…minimizes surface shine while improving the clarity of oily and blemish-prone skin. Retinol resurfaces skin and clears pore-block debris while Montmorillonite clay detoxifies and absorbs excess oil. Totarol, a botanically-derived antibacterial, and B Vitamins assist in the growth of repair of skin tissues.”

I really like MyChelle products because the brand is affordable, accessible (sold at Whole Foods), participates in eco-friendly operations and gives back to the community. They approach skincare by using natural, nontoxic ingredients that provide effective results without sacrificing the health of your skin. MyChelle products are also organized into a clear numbering system so you can easily understand each product, its usage  and its order within your skincare regime. The Clear Skin Serum is a Step 3 product.

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Also, how cute is this packaging?     “Seeded in science and rooted in nature”

My results

MyChelle recommends using 2 pumps of this serum daily after regular facial cleansing. I usually apply this serum at night right after cleansing my face and before applying my night cream or facial oil. I have found this serum works great during the day too, with my daily moisturizer and even underneath makeup.

“For clear, smooth, well-balanced skin, apply two pumps after cleansing. Follow with mist, nourishing cream and sun protection.”

Like I said, I had a preconceived notion that this serum would also work as an acne spot treatment which it does not. I can’t say it completely removes all my blemishes or acne. However, it does keeps the texture of my skin amazingly smooth, balanced and leaves my pores squeaky clean. The pores around my nose and cheeks are the usual dirt collectors and I was shocked at how effective the Clean Skin Serum was at completely banishing those little nasty blackheads.This serum doesn’t take long to produce noticeable results, the formula penetrates quickly and calms skin. I have been using this serum for a couple months now and I’ve noticed how it has also healed and maintained my skin overtime. I feel that this serum really does treat and nourish my skin.

I have a strong aversion to specific scents (too earthy or herby and I can’t stand it) and have a very sensitive nose. I love the scent of the MyChelle Clean Skin Serum and it is very botanically-scented. You can specially smell the Ylang Ylang flower oil and Lavender oil among the other lovely herbal ingredients in this Serum. To my nose, the scent does linger but I find it pleasant and not irritating but definitely noticeable. The ingredients are effective in combining organic, naturally-derived and bioactive ingredients that have many skin benefits such as Retinol (Vitamin A), Montmorillonite (clay minerals) Witch Hazel water, Willow Bark extract, Tea Tree Leaf oil and Aloe. 

Overall, the MyChelle Clean Skin Serum has earned a permanent spot in my skincare regime. This serum never fails at regularly maintaining the texture of my skin, clearing pores and assisting in calming redness or blemishes. I can’t wait to try other MyChelle products like the Pumpkin Peel and Fruit Enzyme Mist.

Ingredients: Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Aqua (Water), Alcohol Denatured (Grains), Glycerin (Vegetable)*, Polysorbate 20 (Plant), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Montmorillonite (Clay Minerals), Yogurt Extract (Milk), Retinol, Fructooligosaccharides (D-Beta) (NutraFlora®), Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil*, Totarol, Panthenol (D) (B5), Niacinamide (B3), Pyridoxine HCI (B6), Biotin (D) (B7), Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Juice, Collinsonia Canadensis (Stone Root) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder (Aloe Leaf)*, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Limonene (Citrus), Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Phytic Acid (Rice), Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum (Fermented Sugar)  *NOP Certified Organic

Have you tried the Clean Skin Serum or any other MyChelle Products? What are your methods for maintaining clear skin and clean pores?

*The product featured in this post was purchased by me and all opinions in this review are based on my personal experience. I am never paid to give my honest opinion on products or brands.