In my previous post, I wrote about my skin care essentials – day and night. Now, let’s talk about cosmetics. What are your must-wear cosmetics items? I mean the stuffs that you won’t be caught dead in town without? My makeup essentials are : compact powder (worn over moisturiser, of course), tinted lip balm and eyeliner. There, my minimalistic make-up secrets are out! 😀
But it used to be more – lip balm, lipstick, concealer, foundation, face powder, blusher, eyeshadows, mascara, etc – the list is exhausting! Now, those are saved for very, very special occasions only – and only if very, very necessary.
Cosmetics can be a crutch that boosts our confidence when we feel less than good about our looks. When applied correctly, it could enhance our God-given beauty and transform our features. Honestly, I admire women who are confident enough to appear in public without a single cosmetic item on her face. I haven’t achieved that level of confidence yet – but am striving to get there.
And if I’m really in a terrible rush, my must-wear everywhere and every time is the tinted lip balm which I bought from Human Nature. I’m rather obsessed with Human Nature, aren’t I? I used to wear lipstick whenever I go out, but now I prefer the tinted lip balms. More subtle, simple, nourishing, natural-looking and convenient. And I even wear it at night! Sometimes, I also rub a bit of Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil on my lips before I sleep. Yes, the Beauty Oils multi-tasking abilities are simply astounding! 😀
I have suffered from dry, chapped and cracked lips since my teenage years. At one time, my lip condition became so serious that concerned teachers started showing me lip balms that could help alleviate my problems. Some also gave natural tips such as applying honey on my lips which I followed but stopped doing when I saw my lips becoming horrifyingly purplish-red. I was too prudish for even lip balms in those days – so I suffered cracked and sometimes bleeding lips. Even drinking lots of water didn’t help.
I learnt to use lipstick during my undergrad days and discovered that it helped to reduce the dryness but I wasn’t comfortable with the idea of ‘eating’ lipstick all the time. Really, how can we avoid eating the thing on our lips – a little bit at a time? Conventional lip balms actually made me nervous since petrolatum are usually in the ingredient list (The EWG gives it a rating of ‘4’ or moderate risk). I yearned for a lip moisturiser that is safe to eat.
Fortunately, I came across natural or organic lip balms about 5 years ago. I have used a certified organic lip balm from USA (with a very berry flavour) and a locally made natural chocolaty-minty lip balm. Both are great at reducing my dry lips issues. The minty chocolate natural lip balm is very nice but, unfortunately, it had the tendency to melt when the surrounding temperature becomes hot – made a mess in my handbag. And no tint, therefore I still needed to apply lipstick.
Then, I tried out Human Nature’s 100% Natural Tinted Lip Balm (Pink Orchid). I liked it instantly because it’s a sort of a 2-in-1 : a lip balm and a lipstick, too. So far, the lip balms that I always have in my handbag have never melted no matter how hot the day was. It also has a minty cool feel when applied and it keeps my lips pleasantly moisturised for a few hours. The light tint gives the appearance of natural lip colour and subtly smoothes the lines adorning my lips. I use Island Kiss and Pink Orchid from Human Nature. Between the two, my favourite is Pink Orchid because it helps to tone down my rather dark-coloured lips. The best thing about the lip balm is : no more chapped and dry lips. And very convenient because I can just skip using lipsticks, and re-apply at any time without fuss.
The ingredients of the tinted lip balms are :
Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, beeswax, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, caprylic/capric triglyceride (coconut oil derived), Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, Mentha piperita (peppermint) essential oil, Calendula officinalis (calendula) extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract, tocopherol, (+/-): zinc oxide (CI 77497), iron oxide (CI 77491), manganese violet (CI 77742), mica (CI 77019), titanium dioxide (CI 77891)
Now, that doesn’t mean I don’t have a lipstick in my bag. Every girl must have at least 1, right? But I’m just not dependent on one anymore. But if I do feel like splashing my lips with a bit more colour, my choice is Human Nature Mineral ColourCreme Lipstick. The ingredients of my Lucky In Love lipstick are :
Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, beeswax, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, dicaprylyl ether, hydrogenated castor oil, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, capryloyl glycerin, sebacic acid copolymer, diheptyl succinate, Passiflora edulis (passionfruit) seed oil, tocopherol, flavor (all-natural), manganese violet (CI 77742), iron oxide (CI 77491), mica (CI 77019), titanium dioxide (CI 77891)
The lip balms are only RM14.90 and the lipstick is RM42.90. I must admit that the lipstick is a tad expensive, but look at the ingredients – they are fabulous! As I’m very fond of repeating, the fact that they are so affordable even though they are almost entirely made of natural ingredients, is what astounds me about Human Nature products. And most importantly, they work just as well, if not better than most expensive brand.
For those who likes a glossy finish, Human Nature also have ColourShine Lip Gloss (RM39.90).
I love sharing about products that work well on me and I really hope that they will work even better on you, readers of this blog. As such, I’m pleased to announce that Human Nature (Down To Earth) is happy to present 3 lucky readers a chance to experience the goodness of its wonderful range of natural products through a Giveaway which we’ll be having soon.
So stay tuned for the details of the Giveaway which we will reveal in a few days’ time. Who knows, you might be one of the lucky winners! 😀