April Favorites

Happy first weekend of May! Spring is in full motion and summer is around the corner. I am so excited for hiking trails, beach walks, camping, picnics, and bbq on the back deck. I admit that summer is not my favorite season but it is a close second. I love the warm weather and all the exploring we can manage to squeeze in our busy schedules and the nice weather. Today, I decided to start a new series of post to share with you my journey to a simple conscious living and all the cool things I discover and love along the way. Some might be products, some might be clothes and some might be lifestyle items. I started testing new and natural products recommended by the ladies in the Socially Conscious Woman Facebook group (they are the best). So, for the first time, here are some of the things I loved and tried throughout April.

Disclaimer: I know that some are not ethical or natural items. I started the transition recently, therefore, I am still in between but doing my best to move towards a more conscious living. I want to use and finish what I have on hand and slowly replace with ethical and natural alternatives. I believe in a balanced life so I might keep some things I love but if you have alternatives for any of the below or suggestions I would love to read you.

Products

For the first post, I only have a few products I tested over April or used and loved for a while. It took a few weeks for me to write because I wanted to test the products fully and do some research. My skincare routine consists of a cleanser, toner, serum/treatment, moisturizer, sunscreen, and oil.

Beauty Counter – Nourishing Day Cream 

About the brand:
Their mission is “to get safer products into the hands of everyone” as they try to refrain from harmful chemicals normally included in beauty products (they have a list of some they do not use). Their ingredients list for their products is available on the label and on their website.

Review:
I changed my moisturizer early April for this product and my skin responded really well. I normally see results on my skin after a month of use (which is why I test product for at least a month). My skin is not as dehydrated and it helped with my acne scars on my chin. It is almost no scent and the texture between a cream and gel on the skin. I used it both morning and night but I would like to try their night cream in combination with the day cream.

Score: 4/5

Bare Minerals – Tinted moisturizer – Hydrating Gel Cream

About the brand:
Is known as the first traditional mineral powder line of cosmetics (so I have heard, but I am not sure). Their products are not tested on animals, dermatologist tested, and ingredients mostly come from minerals (hence the name I believe).

Review:
I love the mousse/gel texture because it is easy to apply with or without brushes. It provides a sheer coverage, just enough to cover some imperfections. I find it perfect for a “no-makeup” day with SPF and hydration. It does not have a smell and can hold most of the day.

Score: 4/5

La Roche Posay – Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel

About the brand:
Their mission is “a better life for sensitive skin”. This is a well-known brand for skin conditions. Often recommended by dermatologist and dermatologist tested this brand is gentle on the skin and uses Thermal Water from France as the key ingredient in their product.

Review:
I have been using this cleanser for a while and love it: little scent, gentle on my skin and helps with breakouts. My skin responds really well everytime I come back to this product when I breakout.

Score: 5/5

FAB – Skin Lab Resurfacing Liquid 10% AHA

About the brand:
Their mission is ” a rescue mission to help your skin look and feel its absolute best. We want to make every day a good skin day for you.”.  Just like Beauty Counter, FAB has a list of ingredients they do not use (1,300 according to their website).

Review:
This mix contains 4 Alpha-Hydroxy Acids and really help to smooth, and even rough patches of my skin. I also notice my acne scars on my chin slowly disappeared. I am not a fan of the smell but my skin feels hydrated and responds well.

Score: 3.5/5

Pixi – Glow Tonic

About the brand:
Their mission is “simply to bring out the natural beauty in all women – to make women look like themselves, only better”. It is not tested on animals and contains botanical ingredients (aloe vera and ginseng in this particular one).

Review:
I love the light smell of this product. It penetrates quickly into the skin. It contains 5% Glycolic Acid, which I notice help exfoliate and smooth my skin.

Score: 4/5

Marc Anthony – Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Oil Treatment

About the brand:
I admit not to know much about this brand and was unable to find more information. I love their oil but will not repurchase since I cannot obtain more information about their company or their products.

Review:
I love oils, especially for my hair. The ends tend to be dry with the coloring. This also helps with frizz and split ends.

Score: 2/5 – Please offer some alternative if you know any.

Kiehl’s – Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

About the brand:
This is a well-known brand for skincare. They have been on the market for decades and keep innovating. They include botanic and natural ingredients to their products.

Review:
During the harsh winter months, I reached for this product to make sure my eyes would get the moisture they needed. I was surprised how hydrated my eyes looked and fine lines were gone. The smell is also great. The texture is more like a gel/water.

Score: 5/5

Burt Bees – Anti-Blemish Pore Refining Scrub

About the brand:
This is a fairly new brand on the market. They just launched their makeup line. They claim their product is natural (99% natural). They also participated in a campaign to help raise awareness to the decline of colonizing bees.

Review:
I like this gentle exfoliator when I get breakouts. It is gentle on the skin and has a very gentle smell. You can use multiple times a week if needed.

Score 4/5

Purlisse – Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask + Exfoliant

About the brand:
I discovered this brand with the Ipsy subscription I have. This was created in the USA and is described as “a culmination of Asian wisdom and modern philosophy.”

Review:
I was happily surprised by this product. It was gentle yet powerful on my skin. It tightened, purified and soothed my skin in one application. I used it as a mask and my skin loved it.

Score: 5/5

Homemade

Other than these products, I also use coconut oil as makeup remover some days to give some moisture to my skin and gently remove impurities. I also apply on the ends of my hair as a mask before washing them once a week. It helps to nourish them and I notice less split ends and frizz. Be advised that it is tricky to use since this is very oily. I suggest using on your hair before you wash them and not to use conditioner.

To conclude, I have found an alternative to my moisturizer but I recognize that some products mentioned above might not be ethical (information is sometimes hard to access). Therefore, it is always possible to do better and be better. This will be a new line of articles so make sure to subscribe to the blog or follow me on Instagram. I would also love to read your story, what are your favorite products, what you use and what you would recommend. If you liked the article, please let me know with a “like”. I wish you a fabulous week and look forward to reading you.

The information found in this article about the brands can be found directly on the brand’s websites. It also represents my opinion of these products. Each product was purchased by me and this post is not sponsored. Links are not affiliates links and only brings you to the companies website for more information. 

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