Thursday Guest Post!

Thursday Guest Post: Emma from In Pursuit of the Perfect Petticoat

Hi guys! I’m Emma, a new baby blogger that is slightly obsessed with indie makeup. I post semi-frequently and regularly over at In Pursuit of the Perfect Petticoat. I was super excited to be invited to guest post over here about indie cosmetics.

Since it’s January I’m sure you’ve all heard about the Color of the Year- Marsala. As pretty as the Sephora/Pantone collection is, I find that I always like the indie version better. I’ve put together a quick round-up of some of my favorite marsala-esque shades and products from indie companies. Some of the products lean more red or orange, this was intentional in order to help produce a list most people can find at least one thing that would suit their coloring. Personally, I cannot wear orange-based marsala but the red/burgundy shades look delightful on me!

First up is eyeshadow. I’m slightly apprehensive of anything remotely red near my eyes, but it looks like Pantone wants to break me of that this year

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Left to right, top to bottom: Brazen Cosmetics “Free Spirit”, Detrivore “Apocalyptic”, Glamor Doll Eyes “Chilvarist”, Beauty for the Win “Starbucks Lovers”, Kiss My Sass “Sunburn”, Dreamworld Hermantica “Risky”, Femme Fatale “Blood Moon”, Shiro Cosmetics “Goron Ruby”, Shiro Cosmetics “What’s This Lever Do?”, Beauty for the Win “Amsterdam”, Shiro Cosmetics “Queensguard”, Shiro Cosmetics “Ziggy”

My favorites are definitely Starbucks Lovers and Blood Moon of the shadows, now if only I can get the courage up to wear them….

Next up is blush, a much more wearable approach to the marsala trend.

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Top to bottom, left to right: Parlo Cosmetics “Call Me Baby”, Beauty for the Win “Anne”, Silk Naturals “Galaxy”, Notoriously Morbid “Numerology”, Aromaleigh “Gaussa”, Baroque Cosmetics “I’d Hate Toulouse You”.

My favorite from this line up is definitely the Baroque shade- though I think the Aromaleigh shade provides an interesting shade.

 

 

 

This part is my favorite: lip products. I got into lipstick long before I learned the basics of eyeshadow beyond “skin tone on the lid for some shimmer” and marsala is just so wearable and approachable this way, even for those who normally shy away from red. I personally run towards red with my arms outstretched, so that last part was just a guess.

MarsalaLipsClockwise from the left: Silk Naturals “Script”, Performance Colors “Coco Loco”, Fyrinnae “Naughty or Nice”, Fierce Magenta “Brick”, Parlo Cosmetics “Token”, Limnit Lipsticks “Ms. President”.

From this set you can’t possibly expect me to pick favorites. My answer is “all of them”. Those Fierce Magenta and Silk Naturals shades will be mine, ASAP.

I’m sure I missed piles of beautiful marsala shades, so leave me a name or link in the comments so I can add more things to my ever growing wishlist! Check out my blog next week for a review and swatch post of my vaguely marsala-esque shades in my personal collection, indie and non-indie alike.

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Seaweed Powder

Review: InstaNatural Seaweed Powder, Moroccan Rose Water & Argan Oil Hair Treatment

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Official description
Seaweed Powder – InstaNatural’s Seaweed Kelp Powder is an excellent way to improve skin tone and texture while enjoying a luxurious spa treatment in the privacy and comfort of your own home. Our 100% natural and freshly harvested seaweed contains a high concentration of vitamins, minerals and iodine that remove impurities from your skin while relieving aches and pains. Most commonly it can be used for a body wrap treatment to reduce the appearance of cellulite and create a slimming effect. By absorbing excess water and detoxifying the skin, our Seaweed Powder will help to make your body appear more toned, tightened and firmer. When used as a facial mask or scrub, the seaweed will extract toxins and tackle acne and other blemishes, leaving you with a softer and clearer complexion.

Moroccan Rose Water – You cannot make your beauty regime simpler than this. Just add our Rose Water to your daily schedule to get numerous benefits.

InstaNatural’s Moroccan Rose Water is 100% pure and natural made from Rosa Damascena petals. There is no artificial fragrance or any added chemicals or preservatives. The rose water acts as a toner to naturally balance the skin’s pH, making it soft, smooth and radiant. Its unique properties soothe and calm skin irritations while cleansing and hydrating the skin naturally.

  • Suitable for all skin types: normal, oily, dry & sensitive
  • Removes dirt from skin to make it clean and clear
  • Keeps the skin hydrated to make it super soft and glowy
  • The calming properties soothes skin irritations
  • It can help make the hair soft and shiny
  • Can be used as a natural makeup remover
  • Gives a relaxing bath when mixed with water
  • Useful for Aromatherapy
  • NO Chemicals or Preservatives
  • NO Added Fragrance

Argan Oil Hair Treatment – InstaNatural’s Luxurious Argan Oil Hair Treatment & Elixir revitalizes weak, limp and lifeless hair. It quenches dryness to make your hair velvet smooth, tames frizziness and infuses instant long-lasting luminous shine. Our unique formula contains 100% buttery rich plant oils that penetrate the hair fiber and rehydrate the dry scales of hair cuticles to ensure vitality and strength. Panthenol strengthens the hair shafts by filling cracks and Shea butter thickens the hair to add volume.

  • Nourishes and hydrates dry, damaged and brittle hair
  • Increases softness, shine and manageability
  • Strengthens and protects against heat and other external aggressors
  • Great to use before blowing out or curling your hair
  • Can be used to style hair and tame frizziness

Where to buy
Seaweed Powder
From Amazon – You get a 24 ounce tub for $50.00 USD. It’s currently on sale for $21.95 USD.
From InstaNatural – You get a 24 ounce tub for $24.95 USD.

Moroccan Rose Water
From Amazon – You get a 4 fluid ounce bottle for $24.99 USD. It’s currently on sale for $13.97 USD.
From InstaNatural – You get a 4 fluid ounce bottle for $13.97 USD.

Argan Oil Hair Treatment
From Amazon – You get a 4 fluid ounce bottle for $69.95 USD. It’s currently on sale for $17.99 USD.
From InstaNatural – You get a 4 fluid ounce bottle for $17.99 USD.

Directions
Seaweed Powder – Tips:

If the seaweed powder solution is too dry or clumpy, add more water and/or olive oil and mix well as needed.

If the seaweed powder solution is too runny, add more seaweed powder and mix well as needed.

If the seaweed powder solution is too messy, try using a strong, re-sealable storage bag to mix the ingredients together. Simply throw in the required ingredients and kneed until you reach the right consistency.

Moroccan Rose Water

  • Cleansing: Soak a cotton ball in InstaNatural Pure Moroccan Rose Water and wipe your face and neck to remove dirt/grime.
  • Toning: Apply a few drops of rose water with a cotton ball on a clean and dry face. Use upward strokes while applying the rose water. This maintains the pH level of skin and tightens the pores.
  • Moisturizing: Apply rose water directly on your face and neck to hydrate it deeply. You can splash few drops of rose water on skin or use a cotton ball for this. You can also mix InstaNatural’s Rose Water with your face masks to get better results.
  • Hair Care: Mix a few drops of rose water with your shampoo to get shiny and soft hair. You can also mix some drops to the water used for final rinse while washing your hair.
  • Relaxing Bath: Mix a few drops of rose water to the water while bathing. The aroma of rose water has a calming and relaxing effect. It can help to reduce stress.

Other uses:

  • Aftershave: Splash a few drops of rose water to calm and soothe your skin after shaving
  • Sunburn: Apply a few drops of rose water gently on the affected area to soothe sunburns
  • Eyes: Pour a few drops of Rose water on a cotton ball, tightly close your eyes and wipe the area on and around the eyes. This cools the eyes and gives a relaxing effect.

Argan Oil Hair Treatment – Apply this product at any time for a ten-minute, two-hour or overnight hair repair treatment (apply as much as needed). Shampoo after treatment. Rub a drop of it between your palms and smooth or scrunch into hair as a styling aid and healing elixir.

Packaging
The Seaweed Powder comes in a big white tub with a screw on lid. When you first open it there is a seal. It has a green and white label on it with product information, company information and some recipes for use. The Moroccan Rose Water comes in a 4 ounce glass amber bottle with a black screw on cap. It has a red and white label with product and company information. The Argan Oil Hair Treatment comes in a 4 ounce glass amber bottle with a black pump top. It has a green and white label with product and company information.

Scent and formula
The Seaweed Powder is green in color and a very fine powder. It smells fishy like seaweed. The Moroccan Rose Water is clear and watery and has a strong smell of roses. The scent lingers long after absorbing into the skin but is faint. The Argan Oil Hair Treatment is clear and feels oily. The scent is somewhat nutty and disappears once applied to the hair.

Ingredients
Seaweed Powder – Certified Organic, 100% Natural & Kosher Certified Seaweed Powder (Ascophyllum nodosum). Country of Origin: Canada

Moroccan Rose Water – 100% Pure Rose Water (Rosa Damascena).

Argan Oil Hair Treatment – Argan Oil, Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Organic Argan Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Shea Butter.

I have more goodies from InstaNatural to share with you! The Seaweed powder has a few different uses. The tub actually has some recipes on the label, for a cellulite scrub, a facial mask, facial scrub and a seaweed body wrap! I have tried using it as a facial mask and I’ve been using it as a facial scrub! I have also actually used it as a bath soak a couple of times when I was having a particularly rough time with my muscles. I’ve noticed that after I use it as a mask or scrub my skin feels super smooth and supple. It’s kind of like it plumps up. The couple of times I used it in the bath for muscle pain it did seem to help some combined with the hot water.

I’ve been using the Moroccan Rose Water daily. It’s been part of my skincare routine for the last few weeks and I really like it. I’ve known about the benefits of rose water for a long time. I’ve always just made my own toner out of rose water and aloe vera juice, but it doesn’t compare to this rose water. The scent is absolutely amazing. It has a strong rose scent which lingers after you use it for a little while. It’s not overpowering though. The rose water is really soothing and my skin feels softer after using it. It also gives my skin a pretty glow. I also use less serums and moisturizer when I use this in my skin routine!

The Argan Oil Hair Treatment has been great. I mix some with my shampoo when I wash my hair so it doesn’t get so stripped. I also use a pump on my hair after I towel dry it to keep it from being so frizzy and dry. I use this on my daughters hair daily as well. I’ve tried straight argan oil on her hair and this and I prefer to use this. I brush her hair with a natural bore brush which makes her hair fly all over the place. This smooths her hair out and gets rid of the flyaways without making it oily or gross. It’s very moisturizing, but not oily at all. It has been really nice for my hair and my daughters as well!

InstaNatural makes organic and natural skincare and hair products! They have a money back guarantee no matter where you buy your product and you can get a refund with no questions asked.

InstaNatural Seaweed Powder, Moroccan Rose Water & Argan Oil Hair Treatment
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Summary

Seaweed Powder Pros
Nourishing
Skin smoothing
Skin Plumping

Cons
None

Moroccan Rose Water Pros
Moisturizing
Soothing
Makes skin glow

Cons
None

Argan Oil Hair Treatment Pros
Moisturizing
Anti frizz

Cons
None

Final Thoughts
All of these products work well. Especially the Moroccan Rose Water!

Buy or not
Yes!

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Review of Valentia Skin Care Organic Rosehip Oil

Review: Valentia Skin Care Organic Rosehip Oil

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Official description
Rosehips were a remedy used by Egyptians, Mayans and Native Americans for their healing properties. Rich in vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, rosehip oil is known to correct dark spots and hydrate skin dry, itchy skin, while reducing scars and fine lines.

Fatty Acids – Oleic acid or omega-9 is incorporated in moisturizers to keep your skin soft and hydrated. Essential fatty acids – linoleic (omega-6) and linolenic (omega-3) are important components of cell membranes. They allow nutrients to enter the cells and wastes to exit. The lack of essential fatty acids can cause your skin to suffer from dryness and premature aging.

Vitamin C – This powerful antioxidant protects our skin from free radicals developed due to excess exposure to the sun and environmental pollution that leads to wrinkles. Vitamin C boosts the production of collagen and rejuvenates your skin by restoring its elasticity giving it a youthful and healthy looking glow. It also plays an important role in improving the health of your hair and nails. Vitamin C promotes hair growth and nourishes your nails to prevent breakage.

Vitamin A – The naturally occurring vitamin A in Rosehip Oil helps combat wrinkles, sun damage, minor discoloration, hyper-pigmentation and uneven skin tone. Additionally, this potent vitamin works wonders on treating all kinds of scar tissue and burns. Although vitamin A and vitamin C offer similar skin care benefits, the combination of both on your skin leads to “complexion perfection”.

Revitalize and hydrate your skin with this 100 Natural Anti-Aging Facial Treatment

The various components of our Rosehip Oil bring about a unique combination that is great for the skin. Its antioxidants are effective in reducing and slowing the signs of aging.

  • REDUCES FINE LINES & WRINKLES – powerful Vitamin C and Lycopene antioxidants promote healthy cell development, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and protecting the skin from free radicals which lead to premature aging.
  • REDUCES SCARS & BURNS – the presence of high levels of essential fatty acids, which cannot be naturally reproduced by our bodies, work to heal and speed up cell regeneration to reduce the appearance of scars and burns. Naturally occurring vitamin A in Rosehip Oil helps heal and improve scar tissue left behind by acne, dermatitis and psoriasis scarring.
  • REHYDRATES SKIN – essential fatty acids work to lock in moisture, hydrate the skin and keep it soft and supple. Get ready to improve your complexion and face the elements.
  • EVENS SKIN TONE – repair skin discoloration and damage caused by environmental stresses such as UV damage from overexposure to the sun. Hyper-pigmentation and age spots are dramatically reduced with continued use.
  • STRENGTHENS NAILS & HAIR – replenish dry, brittle and damaged hair with density, instant shine and smoothness. Nourish your nails and cuticles to prevent hangnails and breakage.

Where to buy
From Amazon – You get a 1.18 fluid ounce bottle for $24.44 USD. It’s currently on sale for $13.99 USD.

Directions
Apply 3-4 drops onto the face or body and massage gently. Can be used alone or in combination with other moisturizers to deeply hydrate the skin. For optimum results use each evening.

Packaging
The Rosehip Oil comes in a glass amber bottle with a dropper. The dropper lid is black and the dropper itself is clear glass. The label is white with gold and black accents. It has the company logo, product and company information on it.

Scent and formula
It’s a standard oil consistency. The color is a clear, bright amber and it smells light and almost nutty. The scent disappears when it’s absorbed into the skin.

Ingredients
100% Organic Rosa Canina(Rosehip) Seed oil.

I have been using Valentia Skin Care’s Organic Rosehip Oil on my face for a few weeks now and I’ve come to really like it. I’ve tried their Even Glow Serum in the past and really loved it, so I had high hopes for their Rosehip Oil as well! Rosehip Oil is supposed to help with a lot of stuff including but not limited to improving fine lines and wrinkles, reducing the appearance of scars and burns, reduces sun damage, re-hydrating skin and evening skin tone and it also helps strengthen your hair and nails. I’ve been using this on my face in the evening, just a couple of drops! It moisturizes really well but doesn’t leave my skin oily and it doesn’t clog my pores, I haven’t had any issues with increasing white heads with this. It helps even my skin tone and my skin just looks plump and smooth after I use it. I don’t have any wrinkles or fine lines, so I’m not sure how it works on them. It has however lightened some of the scars on my jawline from the cystic acne I’ve been getting this past year, which is a relief for me. I definitely recommend this, it works wonderfully.

Valencia Skin Care Organic Rosehip Oil
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Summary

Pros
Moisturizing
Non-oily
Evens skin tone
Reduces scars

Cons
None

Final thoughts
This is a wonderful product that does what it says and is well worth the price. Moisturizing and healing!

Buy or not
Yes, definitely.

4.7
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Review of Foxbrim 100% Pure Organic Argan Oil

Review: Foxbrim 100% Pure Organic Argan Oil

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Official description
Our 100% Pure Organic Argan Oil is an exceptional moisturizer rich with Vitamin E and essential fatty acids. We absolutely love this natural oil. A few drops is enough to revitalize your skin, face, hair and nails. Lightweight and fast absorbing, find out for yourself why this natural oil is “liquid gold”.

Where to buy
From Amazon – You get a 2 ounce bottle for $49.97 USD. It’s currently on sale for $13.49 USD.

Directions
For supple skin, dispense 1-3 drops of argan oil onto palms and rub hands together. Reapply on a daily basis, or as needed.
For soft, silky hair cleanse with natural shampoo. Apply 1-3 drops into scalp, or damaged hair. For ultimate conditioning, leave oil in for atleast 30 minutes.
For a radiant glow wash face and apply 1-3 drops, massaging in circular motions. Let oil abosrb 3-5 minutes and apply makeup as usual.
For stronger nails, apply 1-3 drops directly on to cuticles and fingertips.

Packaging
The Argan Oil is bottled in an amber glass bottle with a dropper lid. The dropper has a black lid and a clear glass dropper. The label is red and white with the fox logo and product and company information.

Scent and formula
Okay the scent is weird. It’s hard to describe, it’s a weird fruity smell that smells old. When I lived in California we lived in Yuba City where there is a Sunsweet plant. It smells like the air around the plant after they’ve been processing plums for prunes. It’s weird. It’s a normal oil consistency and has a clear brown color.

Ingredients
Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan Oil) Kernel Oil.

I have been using Foxbrim‘s Argan Oil for a few weeks now and I’m really liking it! What is Argan Oil good for? A whole bunch of things! You can use it for your hair for one. It’s a natural conditioner and can help with the frizzies, split ends and shine. You can also use it on your nails to strengthen your nails and soften your cuticles, it’s also good for dry, cracked hands. You can use it on on you skin to make it supple and soft, it’s especially good on dry skin, like on your elbows. Also it can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks! You can also use it on your face, it’s supposed be good for inflamed skin and last but not least another use is using it as a pre-shave oil!

I didn’t use this on my face, since my face is fickle with straight oils. I did however use this for other things! The cold weather wreaks havoc on my skin, especially my hands and cuticles. I started using this on my cuticles and hands and it worked wonders. My cuticles are no longer dry, inflamed and ragged and well just a plain mess and my hands are soft again. I also like using a few drops in the bathtub, it keeps my body moisturized after and the oil absorbs really well. I’ve also used this off and on in my hair after shampooing as a leave in conditioner, I’ve also used it on my daughters hair. I use a boar brush on her hair when sends her hair flying all over the place. Just a drop smoothes her hair down and gets rid of the flyaways. My hair is wavy to slightly curly and is super dry and frizzy so using this as a leave it keeps it fairly smooth and it doesn’t look or feel so dry. My daughter has curly hair and when I use this on her hair after it’s towel dried it helps her curls stay smooth and curly. I also use a few drops with a heavy duty moisturizer on my feet and it helps the moisturizer absorb a lot better. This is a fantastic Argan Oil. I like that it’s organic and has no fillers or junk in it. It’s on sale right now so the price is fantastic. Foxbrim also has other organic skincare products and they have a money back guarantee with no questions asked!

Foxbrim 100% Pure Organic Argan Oil
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Summary

Pros
Moisturizing
Inflammation reducing
Smoothes hair
Organic

Cons
Expensive

Final Thoughts
This has been really moisturizing and has repaired my cuticles! I love it.

Buy or not
Yes I would purchase this.

4.3
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Indie Interview: Sixteen92

Yes it is that time again! I am starting up Indie Interview once again! I shall be asking indie owners serious and silly questions to find out more about them! For our first installment we have Claire from Sixteen92. Maker of awesome smelleries!

Where are you from?
I’m a Texas girl — born and raised in Dallas :)

What made you decide to start making perfume?
There are a few ways I could answer this question, really. In the most general sense, I had been searching for a fulfilling creative outlet that gave me something to *make* with my hands. I am in the creative industry by career, but as an interactive and digital art director it is rare that I have the opportunity to create something tangible, something wearable, something truly personal. I wanted something I could put my whole heart into; fragrance has always been something I connected with on a very personal level, and from my very earliest experiments I knew this was something I needed to explore further.

Why Sixteen92 and how did you come up with the branding?
I’ve always been fascinated with history and lore, and particularly have not shied away from some of the darker periods in early American history. So while the name Sixteen92 is obviously a cultural reference to the 1692 Salem witch trials, I wanted to blend some of these historical references with a modern design aesthetic when working on the brand. Perfumery is an ancient and timeless art that has grown and evolved over the centuries, taking bits and pieces of character from every era. As perfumers we are inspired by Alchemy (the old), guided by Science (the modern), and invigorated by Magic (the creative).

Vial labelHow do you choose the names and quotes for your scents?
Usually I’ll have an idea of a story I’d like to tell with a scent before I begin blending; other times, it’s a little more difficult! There have been a few cases where a finished blend has really surprised me by being nothing like what I’d planned, and I think that’s part of the beauty of perfumery — there is an element of control (and science) involved, but still the blends sometimes seem to want to tell their own stories and go in their own directions ;)

How long does it generally take you to make a batch of a scent?
From initial concept to completion of a production batch may be hours, days, weeks, or, in a few cases, many months. For most concepts, I have a few versions brewing simultaneously, and will narrow down slowly over the course of a week or two until I’ve found the blend that comes closest to what I was trying to achieve. Many blends (and some entire concepts) never quite get there, and there are a few that I’ve been working on for months. Once I have an approved formula and am ready to brew a production batch, though, it goes pretty quickly. I can mix a production batch in under an hour, but they do like a bit of a “rest” before they’re ready to be bottled.

Where do you make your perfumes and other products?
I have taken over about half of the first floor of my house, much to my husband’s displeasure. Goals for 2015 include moving into a dedicated production facility.

What sizes do you offer for your perfumes, lotions and shower gels?
Perfumes are available in 2mL sample vials and 1.5 dram (5.5-6mL) bottles; most general catalogue scents are also available in 10mL roll-on bottles. Lotions are available in 1oz mini and 4oz full size jars. Shower gels are available in 2oz mini and 8oz full size bottles.

Will we see any new products from you in the future?
I hope so! I am currently working with a candlemaker to hopefully translate some of my scents into candles and possibly other room fragrance options. I do not have a timeline for this yet as I am still in the planning stages, but it’s something I’m definitely working on :)
Oooo candles in your scents would be so amazing, room fragrance too!

Is making awesome smelly things your only job?
It is not. I currently own two businesses (the other being a line of screen printed infant and toddler clothing called Mod & Mini) and I work full-time in the advertising industry.
You sound like a busy lady!

What should new customers expect when purchasing from you?
Between my general catalogue and seasonal releases I try to present a fairly broad range of scents, so hopefully everyone should be able to find something that they love! I also put a lot of care into my packaging, and try to make the entire purchase experience as aesthetically pleasing (and great-smelling ;) ) as possible.

LOLITA!What would you recommend for new customers to try?
When trying any new fragrance brand I always recommend starting with samples, as they give you the opportunity to try several different scents to see what works best for you. I recently introduced a Best Sellers sample pack that includes 6 of my most popular fragrances; I think it offers a little something for everyone :)

What would you say is your signature scent from your line?
I certainly have best-sellers (hello, Lolita!), and I also have my personal favorites, but I’m not so sure I would classify any single fragrance as a “signature;” that might be best left up to the wearer ;)

Which scent best represents your company and style?
I would probably say Salem. Not necessarily for the obvious 1692 references, but because I think it represents my overall approach to fragrance design — a bit conceptual, atmospheric and slightly weird, but still wearable.
Salem is one of your scents I really want to try. It sounds amazing!

What are some scents that smell awful on their own?
Haha! There are a few. Civet comes to mind. Yikes. But it’s gorgeous blended at very small (<1%) dilutions with heady florals. Many of the aroma chemicals (Floralozone, Rose Oxide, some of the Aldehydes) are so strong undiluted that they will hurt your nose, and Birch Tar out of dilution smells like barbecue sauce.
I’m kind of curious about Rose Oxide now.

What are your favorite scents to work with?
I try to keep a pretty varied list of favorites, in an effort to remain as objective as possible with new blends. But the scents I am personally drawn to are the Fall and Winter types — the atmospheric, resinous, incense and smoky scents. I find those are often easier for me to blend because they are the scents that I personally wear most often. But, on the other hand, I think it might be more fun blending some of the floral/green Spring or Summer types because those are a bit more challenging for me. I’ve found some unexpected favorite notes while working with heavy florals and aquatics, despite these not being my personal choices for everyday wear. In fact, a few of my personal favorites from my own collections are some of the sweeter, more floral scents. I think I feel more connected to them because I spent so much energy working on them :)

What is your favorite scent from another indie company?
I have a few! BPAL Snake Oil, Aklemia Vamp, Solstice Scents Covered Bridge and Conjure, and 1000 Flowers Reglisse Noir (are they indie? Maybe more niche. Oh well).

Some non-indie favorites include several from Tokyo Milk (Bullet Proof and La Vie La Mort in particular), Comme des Garçons Avignon and Synthetic:Dry Clean, Fresh Cannabis Santal, Prada Eau de Parfum, and my weird guilty pleasure that nobody is allowed to laugh at me for, Britney Spears Curious (i’msosorry).

Now random questions!

What’s your favorite book?
I wish I had more time to read! There are a lot of books on my reading list. For classics, I would have to say Wuthering Heights. I’ve actually been working on a Wuthering Heights collection forever; maybe one day soon it’ll be ready ;)

Do you have any pets?
I have two very opinionated dogs — a Boston Terrier named Maddie and a Siberian Husky named Bruce Wayne. My older daughter has a Bearded Dragon named Steve.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I don’t have much of that, to be honest. If I did, I suppose it would be spent on photography, which is something I enjoy but haven’t had much time for lately.

Do you have any hobbies?
I like cars (driving them, working on them, etc). If I had more time (see above re no free time!), I would love to get a cool old muscle car to restore.

Would you rather be a bat or a crow? And why?
Despite my strongly held belief that both of these animals are badass and awesome, I would have to choose bat by process of elimination, due to the fact that all crows are simply waiting for the first available opportunity to peck my eyes out. True facts.

Thanks so much for answering my questions Claire, I really appreciate it! I learned a lot. =d If you want to get a hold of Claire or try any of her products you can find Sixteen92 on Facebook and Instagram as well as on Etsy!

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Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer & Age-Defying Retinol Serum

Review: InstaNatural Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer & Age-Defying Retinol Serum

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Official description
Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer – InstaNatural’s Retinol Moisturizer contains a robust formula of handpicked ingredients designed to transform older, damaged skin into a healthier and youthful appearance. Retinol is a powerful antioxidant derived from Vitamin A, one of the strongest and most trusted ingredients for anti-aging skin care. Once absorbed, Retinol is converted into Retinoic Acid, which starts working to help restore skin and diminish the appearance of sun damage and signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, hyperpigmentation, rough texture, and more.

Vitamin C – another powerful antioxidant – works synergistically to aid in this process of battling early signs of aging, as well as repairing existing damage to promote healthier skin.

Simultaneously, Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter and Green Tea deliver premium nourishment and hydration to keep your skin moisturized. This intensive moisturizing cream is the perfect addition to your regimen to restore and renew firmness, elasticity and thickness of the skin for a flawless and radiant complexion.

Age-Defying Retinol Serum – InstaNatural’s Age-Defying Retinol Serum contains a proprietary blend of antioxidants and nutrients that nourishes your skin to help it look younger and healthier. Retinol (Vitamin A) protects against free-radical damage and is highly effective in reversing the appearance of sun damage and signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation and more. Vitamin C works in tandem to aid in repairing damaged skin, while Hyaluronic Acid traps moisture to prevent further loss so you can enjoy a more youthful appearance with firmer, plumper skin.

Where to buy
Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer
From Amazon – You get a 3.4 ounce pump bottle for $49.95 USD, however it’s on sale for $24.75 USD.
From InstaNatural – You get a 3.4 ounce pump bottle for $24.75 USD.

Age-Defying Retinol Serum
From Amazon – You get a 1 ounce bottle for $49.95 USD, it’s on sale for $23.75 USD.
From InstaNatural – You get a 1 ounce bottle for $23.75 USD.

Directions
Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer – Distribute a small amount of cream on face and neck with your fingertips in a circular and upward motion. Let the cream absorb completely into the skin. Can be worn under make up. For sensitive skin, use only at night. Can be used morning & night if you have normal to oily skin. If used during the day, follow up with a sunscreen, as Retinol may make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

Age-Defying Retinol Serum – Wash and pat skin dry. Use toner first (if applicable). Apply a small amount of serum to your hands to distribute to the face and neck. Allow to dry. Can be worn under make up. For sensitive skin, use only at night. Can be used morning & night if you have normal to oily skin. If used during the day, follow up with a sunscreen, as Retinol may make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

Packaging
The Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer comes in a white pump bottle with a white snap on lid. The label is red with white accents. It has the product and company information on it. The Age-Defying Retinol Serum comes in a glass amber bottle with a dropper. The dropper has a black lid and bulb and the dropper itself is clear glass. The label is black and white and has company and product information on it.

Scent and formula
So neither formula has much of a scent. The moisturizer really doesn’t smell like anything to me and the serum has a very, very faint fresh smell. You can’t smell anything at all once absorbed. The moisturizer is thick and creamy and white in color. The serum is very watery and is clear but a little cloudy.

Ingredients
Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer – 2.5% Retinol, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Green Tea, Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Sunflower Oil, Retinol, Palm Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Organic Jojoba Oil, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Shea Butter, Wildcrafted Green Tea, Wildcrafted Propolis, Vitamin E (d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate), Vitamin B5 (Panthenol), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid.

Age-Defying Retinol Serum – 2.5 Retinol, 20% Vitamin C, 10% Hyaluronic Acid, Fruit & Plant Acids, Sandalwood Distillate (Santalum Album), Organic Aloe Vera, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Witch Hazel, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Retinol, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Jojoba Esters, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil, Caprylyl Capryl Glucoside, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Salicylic Acid/Willow Bark (Wildcrafted Salix Lucida), Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Gotu Kola, Green Tea (Wildcrafted Camellia Sinensis), Propolis (Wildcrafted Resina Propoli), Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), Horsetail (Wildcrafted Equisetum Arvense), Dandelion (Wildcrafted Taraxacum Officinale), Wild Geranium (Wildcrafted Geranium Maculatum), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.


I apologize for the quality of the photos. t.t These were taken with my moms tablet.

I have from InstaNatural this Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer and Age-Defying Retinol Serum! Retinol has been around for a long time, it’s supposed to reverse the signs of aging and promote healthy skin! I used the moisturizer for a little while but had to stop using it. It was too oily for me and my skin was starting to break out in white heads. It’s supposed to help with wrinkles, sun damage, hyper pigmentation, rough texture and more, but I can’t tell you how it works with those! I have continued use of the serum however! I like the serum very much, it absorbs very quickly and doesn’t feel sticky. I’ve noticed that the dark circles under my eyes appear much better and my skin looks more balanced and clear when I use it. I don’t have any wrinkles or sun spots so I can’t tell you how it works with those, but overall I am pleased with it.

These products are made in the USA and are Cruelty Free. As always InstaNatural provides organic skincare and hair products. They provide a money back guarantee on all of their products no matter where you buy them. You can request a refund without any questions asked!

InstaNatural Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer & Age-Defying Retinol Serum
  • Moisturizer Packaging
  • Moisturizer Efficacy
  • Moisturizer Texture
  • Moisturizer Application
  • Moisturizer Ingredients
  • Moisturizer Price
  • Serum Packaging
  • Serum Efficacy
  • Serum Texture
  • Serum Application
  • Serum Ingredients
  • Serum Price

Summary

Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer Pros
Moisturizing

Cons
Too oily

Age-Defying Retinol Serum Pros
Improves under eye circles
Improves skin tone
Improves skin texture

Cons
None

Final thoughts
White the moisturizer didn't work out for me I really liked the serum.

Buy or not
If I were in the market for a retinol serum again I would likely buy it. I would not purchase the moisturizer.

3.9
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Dead Sea Mud Mask

Review: InstaNatural Dead Sea Mud Mask & Argan Oil Hair Mask

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Official description
Dead Sea Mud Mask – InstaNatural’s Dead Sea Mud Mask is an all-natural detoxifier and purifier that comes from the renowned and sacred Dead Sea. More than a million visitors each year flock to this extraordinary body of water in the Mediterranean, which contains many minerals beneficial to the skin, such as magnesium, sodium, bromine, potassium and calcium. Once applied, this mud mask treatment starts working to absorb excess oil, dirt and toxins from the skin. It is great to expunge acne, pimples and blackheads. It also helps to restore an even skin tone for a smoother complexion. When used as a body treatment, the mud mask can soothe and relieve muscles aches and pains. Whether used on the face or the body, our Dead Sea Mud Mask is a superb in-home spa treatment that will reveal more vibrant, refined, healthier skin.

Argan Oil Hair Mask – InstaNatural’s Argan Oil Hair Mask is a deep conditioning treatment designed to transform dry and damaged strands into soft, shiny, healthy hair. Its restorative ingredients – such as Argan Oil, Japanese Green Tea, Amino Acid Complex, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil & Vitamin B5 – work together to penetrate hair deep down and deliver ultimate nourishment and hydration to enhance texture and shine. This intensive blend full of organic ingredients also serves to strengthen hair to defend against heat damage and other external aggressors.

  • Deeply conditions, strengthens and restores hair
  • Provides superior hydration and nourishment
  • Can be used daily as a standard conditioner
  • Turns hair from lifeless and damaged to luxurious and voluminous
  • Increases shine, softness and manageability

Where to buy
Dead Sea Mud Mask
From Amazon – You get a 16 ounce jar for $50.00 USD however it’s currently on sale for for $24.97 USD.
From InstaNatural – You get a 16 ounce jar for $25.77 USD.

Argan Oil Hair Mask
From Amazon – You get an 8 ounce jar for $49.95 USD however it’s on sale for $17.95.
From InstaNatural – You get an 8 ounce jar for $17.95 USD.

Directions
Dead Sea Mud Mask Apply a thin layer of mud mask to clean skin. If applying on the face, avoid the eye and lip areas. Leave mask on for 10-15 minutes until dry. Use warm water and circulation motions to gently remove the mud mask from the skin. Pat dry with a clean cloth. Do not use Dead Sea Mud Mask more than once a week.

Argan Oil Hair Mask – Apply hair mask to clean towel-dried damp hair. Use your hands and fingers to evenly distribute a generous amount beginning at the scalp and working towards the ends. Leave treatment in for 5 to 15 minutes and then rinse. Use once or twice a week.

Packaging
Both products come in a white jar. The Dead Sea Mud Mask has a green and blue label with white details. It has the product and company information on it. The Argan Oil Hair Mask has a red label with white details and also has the product and company information. The Dead Sea Mud Mask had a seal inside when I opened it but the Argan Oil Hair Mask did not. The Argan Oil Hair Mask came shrink wrapped however.

Scent and Formula
The Dead Sea Mud Mask has a faint mud smell, it gets stronger when it’s dried. It’s somewhat think looking but it goes on think. It’s a dark green almost black in the tub, but when you apply it it’s very thin. The Argan Oil Hair Mask has a unique smell. It smells like a liniment we used to put on our horses when I was little. The smell is herbal for sure, but I can’t tell you what it smells like. It doesn’t smell bad though. It’s a thick creamy formula that is a dark cream color.

Ingredients
Dead Sea Mud Mask – Pure Dead Sea Mud, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Organic Calendula Oil, Hickory Bark Extract.

Argan Oil Hair Mask – Argan Oil, Amino Acid Complex, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Vitamin B5, Deionized Aqua (Water), Organic Aloe, Organic Argan Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Behentrimonium Chloride, Algae Extract, Japanese Green Tea (Camellia Oleifera) Leaf Extract, Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, L’Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Pyrrolidonecarboxylic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Palmitoyl Triepeptide-3, Sweet Orange EO, Vanilla Absolute, Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Organic Seseame Seed Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Olive Fruit Oil, Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Organic Linseed Seed Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Starflower Seed Oil, Polysorbate-60, Capryl Hydroxamic Acid, Amodimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Palm Oil (Isopropyl Palmitate), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Organic Gotu Kol, Wildcrafted Horsetail (Equisetum Arvense), Wildcrafted Dandelion, Wild Geranium , Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Colloidal Oatmeal, Citric Acid (Naturally Derived)

I have been using these for awhile and I quite like the Argan Oil Hair Mask. The Dead Sea Mud Mask works well but it tends to dry my face out a lot after I use it, then I have to use extra skincare stuff to get the moisture back in. It does cleanse my face well. I notice that my skin looks a little better after I use it despite being dry. It just looks clearer. The smell is minimal and while it gets tight when it dries, I’ve noticed it’s not as bad as other mud masks I’ve tried.

The Argan Oil Hair Mask is my favorite! The smell reminds me of my childhood when we had horses, but it’s so good with my hair. I use it as a weekly hair mask and also as conditioner when I shampoo my hair. My hair is dead, like super dry, frizzy, bleached, dead. This makes it silky smooth after use, especially after the weekly mask use. It’s quite amazing and I love it. My hair also loves it. I need to get some more of this! Both of these products are from InstaNatural which is an all natural company who sells organic skincare and haircare products! InstaNatural offers a lifetime guarantee on their products no matter where you buy them. If you are unhappy with your product for whatever reason you can contact them for a refund without any questions asked. That’s pretty awesome.

InstaNatural Dead Sea Mud Mask & Argan Oil Hair Mask
  • Argan Packaging
  • Argan Efficacy
  • Argan Texture
  • Argan Application
  • Argan Ingredients
  • Argan Price
  • Mud Packaging
  • Mud Efficacy
  • Mud Texture
  • Mud Application
  • Mud Ingredients
  • Mud Price

Summary

Dead Sea Mud Mask Pros
Great ingredients
Cleans skin
Skin looks better
Available online

Cons
Very drying

Argain Oil Hair Mask Pros
Makes hair silky and tangle free
Great ingredients
Available online

Cons
None

Final thoughts
I love the Argan Oil Hair Mask, it makes my hair amazingly silky and soft. I really recommend it. The Dead Sea Mud Mask is good, but it dries my skin out too much.

Buy or Not?
The Argan Oil Hair Mask I will definitely buy again, the Dead Sea Mud Mask, probably not.

4.5
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