Friday, May 3, 2024

What Is Zinc Oxide Sunscreen?

Considering sunscreen as your soulmate? Then you must know what is a Zinc Oxide sunscreen. Zinc Oxide sunscreen is highly preferred for sensitive skin. The ingredient is used in a broad-spectrum sunscreen for better protection of the skin. It forms a thin layer on the skin and keeps the harmful UV rays at bay.

Zinc Oxide sunscreen prevents premature ageing, and sunburn, and even reduces the possibility of skin cancer. It protects the skin from damage and keeps it healthy. Let’s take an in-depth look at what is a Zinc Oxide sunscreen with its ever-lasting and effective benefits.

What Is Zinc Oxide Sunscreen?

Zinc Oxide [ZnO] is a mineral sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. It forms a physical barrier on the skin and works wonders. The sunscreen is highly preferred for its effectiveness and suitability for sensitive skin. Sensitive skin often goes through irritation, Zinc Oxide sunscreen is a perfect choice to prevent irritation. This white powdery material is safe for marine life too.

When used in its nano form it is safe for marine life while going for a swim. Hence, it doesn’t break down or wash away in water. Fortunately, Zinc Oxide is produced synthetically and comes naturally in the form of zincite. This makes it the safest and most effective sunscreen ingredient. Zinc Oxide is quite rare and it’s not commercially available.

What Is A Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Made Of?

Zinc Oxide (ZnO) is in its natural form mineral zincite. Zinc Oxide in sunscreen is a white powdery ingredient and is derived from natural zinc. After that, it’s purified for use. Zinc is then finely grinded and the sizes are then reduced by a Zinc Oxide manufacturer for use in sunscreens and cosmetics. The sunscreen also doesn’t include any synthetic colourants.

Zinc Oxide sunscreen is known for its broad-spectrum protection from harmful rays. Instead of relying on chemical ingredients, Zinc Oxide the sunscreen opt for physical blocking mechanisms. This shields the skin from harmful rays. Unlike other chemical sunscreens, Zinc Oxide non-nano sunscreens do not absorb on the skin and minimise the risk of skin irritation. The presence of natural zinc makes it more effective and safe to use on a daily basis.

Who Can Use Zinc Oxide Sunscreen On Face?

Literally, everyone! Zinc Oxide sunscreen is one of the most effective ones and is suitable for all skin types making it unique. Whether you have oily skin or sensitive skin, Zinc Oxide is an ideal pick. Zinc Oxide sunscreen even helps with inflammation and reduces the irritation on the skin. It even has anti-microbial properties and is ideal for acne-prone skin.

Is Zinc Oxide Sunscreen In Nano Or Non-Nano Form Suitable For Skin?

The preference for Zinc Oxide in nano or non-nano form comes down to the suitability of an individual. However, there’s a slight difference between the two forms. Both have their effectiveness in working on the skin. Before picking a Zinc Oxide sunscreen, you can check for the size of the particles. Let's break it down for you!

1. Nano-Nano Zinc Oxide

In non-nano form, the particles are larger. This makes it sit on the surface of the skin. Using non-nano particles makes it much safer as it doesn’t absorb into the skin. This creates a protective barrier. Inhaling Zinc Oxide can be damaging to the lungs. Non-Nano Zinc Oxide also protects us from inhaling it. Though Zinc Oxide in its non-nano form is effective and safe, it tends to leave a white cast on the skin for some people.

2. Nano Zinc Oxide

Nanoparticles are much smaller in size. These particles are less than 100 nanometers. This makes it an elegant choice for cosmetics. If you want a transparent look then nano Zinc Oxide is perfect for you. In addition, it effectively absorbs ultraviolet light. Nanoparticles are not preferable for marine life. It washes out on water and causes coral bleaching.


Zinc Oxide sunscreens are an ideal choice if you do not prefer chemical sunscreen. It will not only protect your skin from harmful rays but also make it look young and healthy. Before going for a particular Zinc Oxide sunscreen, you can consult a dermatologist. There is another great ingredient Zinc Oxide that is suitable for sensitive skin. This is Titanium Dioxide.



1. Does Zinc Oxide Cause Cancer?

Current research doesn’t show any sign of cancer due to the use of Zinc Oxide found in sunscreens and cosmetics.

2. Is Sunscreen With Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide Safe?

Yes! Sunscreens that include Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide as an ingredient are relatively safer than chemical sunscreens.

3. What Are The Disadvantages Of Using Zinc Oxide In Sunscreen?

One of the main disadvantages of using Zinc Oxide in sunscreen is that it might leave a white cast on the skin. But this depends upon the brand of the Zinc Oxide sunscreen used.

4. How Long Does Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Last?

Zinc Oxide sunscreen works immediately on the skin and it doesn’t expire. One should also reapply Zinc Oxide sunscreen every two hours for maximum protection.


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Monday, April 29, 2024

New! Vichy Capital Soleil Ultra-Hydrating UV Lotion SPF 60 Review

Vichy's Capitol Soleil Ulta-hydrating UV lotion for face and body with SPF 60 recently landed on my desk and I'm loving it! 🌞 

I grew up in the 70's, 80's, and 90's and was a sun worshipper. We would lay out in the sun and slathered ourselves in baby oil and often competed with friends on who could get the darkest! ugh, if I only knew then what I know now! Now if I expose my face to the sun, I can get pretty bad melasma which leaves my skin with dark patches all over and it's not a pretty sight. It's not all about beauty though, we need to be diligent about sun protection to prevent skin cancer, too. If I know I'm going to be out in the sun for some time, I will not only wear my sunscreen but also a hat.


I've been using this sunscreen for a few weeks now, and I'm impressed. I love that it's in a nice-sized squeeze bottle (200ml), and is good for both the face and the body. It contains hyaluronic acid and other skin-loving ingredients as well as broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. It's also water and sweat-resistant for up to 40 minutes.

The texture is lightweight, and it blends into my skin very easily. It doesn't leave any white cast whatsoever. I use it as the last step in my morning skincare routine. It smells like sunscreen, but there are no added fragrances, which I appreciate. Best of all, it is SPF 60, so I really feel protected from the damaging and aging UVA and UVB rays.

The formula is lightweight, so it blends quickly and easily with no white cast.

Info from Vichy:

VICHY SOLUTION : Introducing Capital Soleil ULTRA-HYDRATING UV LOTION SPF 60 enriched with Hyaluronic Acid. This high-broad spectrum lotion protects the skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays while providing long-lasting 24H hydration. Formulated with a 40-minute water and sweat resistance, this lightweight and hydrating formula has an invisible nude finish, leaving no white cast. It melts on the skin upon application and skin feels moisturized. Suitable for all skin types

This formula contains :

  • Mexoryl XL: Combination of Mexoryl® XL, Tinosorb S and other sunscreen filters to offer broad and balanced protection against UVA and UVB rays.
  • Hyaluronic Acid: Helps retain and replenish skin's moisture level.
The formula is:

  • Recognized by the Canadian Dermatology Association
  • Fragrance-Free,
  • Suitable for Sensitive Skin
  • Tested Under Dermatological control,
  • Hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic
  • Paraben-free

When applying your sunscreen, don't forget the skin on the back of your hands. The skin here is very delicate and prone to age spots. People's hands often give away their age as many of us (self-included) often forget to take care of the skin on our hands. A good rule of thumb is to apply your facial skincare to the backs of your hands.

I'm truly impressed by this product. Not only does it provide fabulous protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays, it also provides long-lasting hydration and helps to keep my skin looking more youthful. I don't really have the patience for sunscreens that don't blend easily and leave a white cast, which is another reason to love this product as it does neither of those things. The fact that this large size bottle can be used on both the face and body is another win for me!

You can learn more about this product here Capital Soleil Ultra-Hydrating UV Lotion SPF 60 - Vichy CA


This product was kindly gifted by Topbox and Vichy for testing and marketing purposes. All opinions are our own.

Sunday, April 21, 2024

New! Garnier All-in-1 Perfecting Care BB Cream Review

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Today, I want to share with you this exciting new skincare/makeup hybrid product that I recently started using. 

I received Garnier's new All-in-1 Perfecting Care BB Cream in the shade Light/Medium from @topbox and @garniercan for testing purposes and I have to say, I've been loving it!

This product is perfect for my aging and dehydrated skin. It's very hydrating yet lightweight as it's enriched with Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera Extracts & Mineral Pigments For a Natural finish. It's easy to apply and blends beautifully. 

I find that my skin looks younger when I use this product, and it gives me a beautiful glow. It has medium coverage and isn't heavy or cakey. It evens out my skin tone, yet I can still see my skin through it, but my skin looks more perfected. It also gives my pale skin some colour, which makes me look healthier and more rested, even if I'm not. It has a thin consistency which spreads out easily, and I only need a small amount, especially since I apply it on top of my moisturizer. I definitely need to powder on top of it, which I would do anyway since I have quite an oily T-zone.

From Garnier:
"This daily All-in-1 Perfecting Care BB Cream gives you the benefits of a makeup foundation and a moisturizing cream. Our new blendable coverage lets skin breathe, leaving a natural finish. A light texture enriched with Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera Extracts and Mineral Pigments."

  • Evens skin complexion by 83.6%
  • Corrects the signs of fatigue by 74.5%
  • Gives a luminous complexion by 83.6%
  • 24H intense hydration

I put a little too much on here. Just a tiny amount blends into my skin very nicely

This is one of those products that I like to wear on a day-to-day basis. It's great for no-makeup-makeup days as it gives me much-needed colour and evens out my skin. Even if I'm not doing much, I like to wear this BB Cream because it makes me look better, and when I look better I feel better. I've never been one to wear heavy foundations as I find they can make me look older. Yet, products like Garnier's BB Cream do the complete opposite and make me appear more youthful, and that's something that I am always down for!

This product is suitable for all skin types. I haven't experienced any breakouts or irritation. It's actually quite soothing on my skin. It's currently available in limited shades and seems to vary from country to country. So far, I have found it in the shades light, light/medium, medium, and deep.  Garnier's website has a skin coach tool that can help you find the right products for your skin type using AI. Hopefully, you find one that works for your skin tone.

Garnier's BB Cream is affordably priced at $13USD (currently), and the 50ml bottle should last for quite a while as a little product goes a long way. 

This product was kindly gifted by Topbox and Garnier for testing and marketing purposes.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Juice Beauty PREBIOTIX 20% Vitamin C Serum Review

Finally, a vitamin C serum that doesn't make me breakout! If you're like me and vitamin c serums can make you breakout, you've gotta try @juicebeauty 's PREBIOTIX Freshly Squeezed Glow Vitamin C Serum with 20% Vitamin C! 🍊 

I've been using it daily for just over 2 weeks and I haven't experienced any pimples or irritation. I've also noticed that my skin is clearer and brighter  I have one age spot that popped up on my skin last year, and it has definitely lightened up quite a bit since I started using this serum, which makes me very happy! I use 2 pumps of this serum every morning to cover my face and neck and follow up with a moisturizer. I also use Retin-A .04% in the evening and have for years. 

About my skin: Aging, combo/dehydrated and can be reactive to overly stimulating products. 

From Juice Beauty:

For luminous skin that evokes a freshly squeezed glow! Our 20% active Vitamin C serum is antioxidant rich, helps smooth your complexion, and provides skin microbiome hydration for a balanced, healthy look. O Magazine Best in Class.

✅️ Evens complexion 
✅️ Visibly brightens 
✅️ Hydrates and helps balance skin

This product is formulated with 20% Vitamin C in its most powerful form for the skin: ascorbic acid. All serums containing this potent form of the best Vitamin C show a color change over time and since Juice Beauty does not use synthetic dyes to mask these color changes, customers might notice the serum turning more orange.

Vitamin C can break down and oxidize over time. Juice Beauty’s formulation keeps Vitamin C for skin as fresh as possible with our rich antioxidants, Vitamin E and ferulic acid and then we deliver it to our customers in an opaque, airless glass bottle for further protection.

Eco-values: With Certified Organic Ingredients to protect humans, animals and the planet.

Sustainable Packaging: Sustainable recyclable glass bottle. 100% FSC box.


Although this serum comes with a heavier price tag than some other vitamin C serums, it may be worth it to you if a natural product is important to you. And, most importantly, a product that delivers results. After seeing how much my age spot has faded over the last couple of weeks, there is no denying that this product really works!


This product was kindly gifted for testing purposes

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

How to Continue Your Chiropractic Results at Home

If you've been dedicatedly showing up to your chiropractor's office, feeling the hard-won results and relief in your body, and have been thinking: 'How can I keep this momentum going at home?', then this article is for you.

With a bit of knowledge and the right technique, you can prolong the benefits of your in-office adjustments. Here are some of the best tips on continuing your chiropractic results at home, ranging from posture tweaks to mindfulness practices!

Beginning Chiropractic Aftercare

After every adjustment, your body needs a little time to understand and get used to the newly achieved alignment. You might feel sensitive, exhausted or even experience a slight discomfort. It is entirely normal!

It's essential not to disrupt the treatment by using muscles that are still tender. A phased return to normal activity allows weakened muscles to strengthen as they adjust to their new positions.

Sustaining Spinal Alignment

Spinal health significantly impacts overall wellbeing. Remaining attentive to spinal alignment while sitting, standing, or moving proves vital. Visualizing a string suspended from one's head to the ceiling while stationary or mobile provides an excellent mental image of proper upright posture - greatly benefiting spinal alignment.

Apps and wearable posture trainers now enable people to monitor spinal positioning throughout the day and provide helpful alerts when slouching occurs. Setting reminders to pause and reset posture throughout lengthy tasks bolsters mindfulness. Even gentle stretches and neck rolls alleviate tension from hunching.

An integrative approach to chiropractic care means supplementing adjustments with complementary wellness techniques like massage, acupuncture, or yoga. These modalities work together to quicken recovery and cultivate robust health.

Maintaining Posture Awareness

Consciousness of one's posture throughout the day strongly influences how long chiropractic results endure. Remaining observant of the body's positioning - whether relaxed on the couch or hunched over a work desk - proves insightful. Brief posture checks enable course corrections of slouching while tools like ergonomic chairs or standing desks offer neck and shoulder support.

Practicing mindfulness meditation enhances self-awareness which translates into improved posture mindfulness even while engrossed in challenging cognitive or physical tasks. This modern device-driven world often compromises posture but conscious corrections mitigate cramping and misalignments.

Importance of Regular Movement

Frequent physical activity crucially maintains wellbeing. Movement lubricates joints, energizes blood flow, enhances flexibility, and strengthens muscles – all contributing to a thriving spine! The spine necessitates movement to uphold its supple function. Small additions like walking or stretching into one’s routine keep it nimble.

Any gentle activity works wonders on spinal health though doctors specifically recommend exercises benefiting core strength, flexibility, and balance like Pilates, swimming, or yoga. Thorough warm-ups and cool-downs bookend workouts helping to keep yourself in shape and prevent injury. Those with limited mobility can perform seated exercises.

Strengthening Exercises

Depending on one's unique needs, chiropractors may recommend targeted strengthening exercises, often focused on the core muscles surrounding the spine to bolster postural support. Consistency remains key when strengthening yet never forcing discomfort. Carefully listening to the body’s responses to these workouts prevents injury.

While core exercises prove foundational, full-body functional movements mimic everyday life in safely building usable strength. Low-weight, high-repetition training suffices over straining with heavy loads. Stretching tense muscles after fortifying them brings the body back into balance.

Ergonomics and Workspace Setup

The environments where one spends considerable time critically affect spinal health. Ergonomically optimized workspace setups that configure equipment like chairs, desks, and screens to match individuals’ proportions assist in maintaining good posture throughout the workday. Investing in ergonomic tools like supportive chairs or keyboards eases neck and shoulder burdens. Even small upgrades generate immense impact over time.

Proper office setup clearly benefits employees but companies implement ergonomic equipment and flexible work-from-home policies also report increased productivity and morale while reducing turnover and absenteeism costs. Schools uniquely position themselves to nurture healthy posture and movement habits in children that will serve them lifelong.

Nutrition and Hydration Importance

Proper nutrition and hydration prove vital to prolonging chiropractic benefits. Healthy eating is one easy way to integrate wellness into your daily life. Balanced diets supply the nutrients necessary for growth and repair while adequate water intake preserves spinal disc and joint health. The recommended daily intake stands at 8-10 glasses to enable optimal bodily functioning.

Anti-inflammatory diets rich in omega fatty acids, leafy greens, and antioxidant-packed fruits and vegetables provide raw materials to heal irritated tissues and reinforce connective structures. Staying properly fueled with nutrient-dense whole foods also powers one through strength and flexibility training critical to spinal health.

Mindfulness and Stress Management

Chronic stress often translates into bodily tension, tightening muscles, and disrupting spinal alignment. Thus, incorporating stress relief techniques like mindfulness meditation retains chiropractic results by calming the nervous system. Even brief daily breathing exercises or meditations drastically decrease anxiety.

Mindfulness directly targets the thought patterns and emotional triggers catalyzing stressful states through non-judgmental awareness cultivated through regular practice. Over time anxious rumination reduces, allowing once tense muscles now poised for misalignment to release.

Sleeping Habits Improvement

Sleeping positions affect conditions such as spinal health. Yet they often go overlooked. Side and back positions better support the spine’s natural curves, especially with contoured pillows elevating the head and knees. Improving sleep ergonomics prevents musculoskeletal pain exacerbation.

Those struggling with discomfort at night may benefit from strategically bolstering pressure points with supportive pillows in side or back sleeping. Stomach sleeping twists the neck and low back excessively over long periods. Establishing cooling, relaxing nighttime routines primes the nervous system for restorative sleep critical to recovery.

Mobility and Flexibility Practices

Upholding joint mobility and flexibility constitutes a key factor in continuing chiropractic benefits at home. Otherwise, rigid, tense muscles emerge, restricting range of motion and causing discomfort. Consistent flexibility exercises via yoga, Pilates, or stretching sustain elasticity. Frequent short sessions prove more valuable than occasional lengthy ones when cultivating lasting flexibility.

Daily movement sessions first actively warm up tissues through light activity then move them through full range of motion to maintain that mobility. Assisting stiff areas with props like yoga blocks or straps helps them regain flexibility at their own pace without causing injury. Cross-training flexibility methods consistently challenge tissues.

Self-Myofascial Release Techniques

Self-myofascial release stretches tight, knotted muscles through movements like foam rolling or massage balls allowing them to regain optimal length and movement following chiropractic adjustments. This self-massage treatment enhances body mechanics and posture when regularly performed.

Myofascial release may produce some discomfort when pressing into tender trigger points but pain should never linger after. It releases bonded muscle fibers improving circulation and lymphatic flow disturbed by scar tissue accumulation over time. Practiced gently, it sustains positive outcomes.

Continuing Routine Check-ups

Continuing routine chiropractic check-ups can aid in maintaining the benefits garnered from initial treatments. Regular check-ins allow for any necessary adjustments or corrections to keep your spine as healthy as possible.

A continual care plan will enable your chiropractor to monitor your progress and make changes if necessary to maintain alignment and promote optimal spinal health.

Closing Thoughts

Maintaining good chiropractic results at home involves holistic consideration of various aspects such as mindful posture awareness, engaging in regular movement, strength training, optimizing workspace ergonomics, staying hydrated, balanced diet intake, stress management practices, and improved sleeping habits along with departmental exercises focused on mobility and flexibility.

Additionally, knowing the role of heat and cold therapy to supplement your chiropractic treatment can prove advantageous. Remember, everyone's body and situation is unique; so always listen to your body, respect its limits, and consult your chiropractor before trying new approaches.



Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The Rise of Eco-Friendly Beauty: A Green Revolution

The growing echo for sustainable practices has birthed a profound revolution within many industries, and beauty is no exception.

The rise of eco-friendly beauty epitomizes the green revolution, transforming not only how products are formulated but also how we perceive beauty.

This article sheds light on various facets of this evolution, delving into why these advancements are critical and how you can join this movement towards a more mindful and respectful relationship with our planet.

Exploring the Green in Beauty

"Sustainable", "organic", "natural"- these eco buzzwords now grace beauty shelves across the world. But what truly defines an eco-friendly beauty product? Several factors determine if a product is genuinely 'green'.

This includes sourcing and formulating with organic, vegan, biodegradable ingredients that cause negligible harm to ecosystems upon disposal. Additionally, brands that prioritize minimalistic packaging or use recycled, recyclable materials offer another dimension to sustainable beauty.

Green cosmetics not only contribute less towards polluting natural resources but also often abstain from harsh chemicals commonly associated with traditional cosmetics. Notably, however, certification for eco-beauty varies worldwide - it's crucial for consumers to delve beyond superficial branding claims.

Brighter Complexions and a Brighter Future

Why should you opt for green beauty products? Beyond avoiding skin irritants present in many conventional products, choosing eco-friendly cosmetics means indirectly advocating for reduced pollution and carbon footprints. Industrial processes involved in creating makeup and skincare inherently require energy consumption.

Thus contributing to greenhouse emissions. By supporting brands conscious about their manufacturing processes - such as relying on renewable energy sources or offsetting carbon emissions - we as consumers can demand better environmental practices within the industry.

From Tube to Landfills: A Hard-hitting Reality

Conventional beauty products don't just potentially harm us during their use - they continue to wield a deleterious impact long after. Discarded conventional makeup packaging often finds its way into landfills or oceans, contributing to plastic pollution and subsequently reaching various wildlife forms.

Certain sunscreens, when washed off in the sea, can hurt coral reefs. Complex sanitary products take years to decompose. Sustainable counterparts, on the other hand, often come in biodegradable or recyclable packaging and contain materials that won't harm ecosystems upon washing off or disposal.

Brands Reimagining Beauty

Several pioneering brands are redefining how we envision beauty by placing environmental consciousness at the forefront of their missions. Brands such as RMS Beauty, Love Beauty and Planet, etc., provide products that stem from ethical sourcing practices, recyclable materials, and bio-safe ingredients. They're demonstrating that caring for both your skin and the planet is indeed possible.

Separating the Green from the Greenwashed

Unfortunately, 'greenwashing'—a deceptive marketing strategy where brands claim to be environmentally friendly without wholly embodying sustainable practices—pervades the beauty industry. Scrutinizing ingredient lists, understanding labels such as cruelty-free vs vegan vs organic, checking for credible eco-certificates.

All this helps distinguish genuinely green brands from those merely donning the green mask. In an age where information is accessible and transparency highly valued, equipping ourselves with such knowledge becomes crucial in becoming mindful consumers.

Demystifying Eco-Certifications

Numerous eco-labels and certifications adorn cosmetic packaging, often leading to confusion among consumers. Some of the reliable ones include EcoCert, USDA Organic and Rainforest Alliance.

These certifications consider factors like responsible sourcing of ingredients, manufacturing practices, packaging, and disposal, thereby providing assurance to consumers about the product's green claims. However, regulations can differ from region to region - it's essential to understand what each certification implies in your country.

Sustainable Beauty and Your Wallet

There's a general conception that eco-friendly products are more expensive than their mainstream counterparts. While in some cases this might be true due to higher quality ingredients or sustainable production methods, being mindful about beauty purchases doesn’t necessarily mean breaking the bank.

Many affordable brands cater to eco-conscious consumers while maintaining competitive pricing. Furthermore, adopting a minimalist beauty routine or opting for refillable products can also contribute towards financial savings in the long run.

Holistic Approaches To Sustainability

Sustainability isn’t confined just to formulations and packaging - it extends to every aspect of a brand’s operations like energy usage, waste management, employee welfare etc.

Brands championing this holistic view are amplifying their positive impact on the environment manifold. For instance, Lush Cosmetics follows ethical buying practices to source raw materials while ensuring fair pay for farmers where they source from.

A Glimpse Beyond The Vanity Mirror

It's noteworthy that environmental care isn't relegated to just our grooming rituals; it reverberates into numerous industries around us - from food we consume to fuel we use for transportation or power generation which is safely stored in equipment like chemical diesel storage tanks (link). Considering these larger connections enhances our understanding of how individual actions play a part in a wider 'green revolution.'

Becoming A Part of The Green Beauty Movement

Transforming your beauty routine to align with the green revolution can seem challenging initially, but each step, no matter how small, significantly amplifies cumulative efforts towards a greener planet.

You could begin by reducing water usage, opting for solid bars over liquid soaps/shampoos or minimizing single-use applicators. Supporting brands that follow conscious practices or recycling empty bottles also contribute towards this positive change.


The rise of eco-friendly beauty marks an important stride towards acknowledging and rectifying the environmental footprint of our daily routines. Progression in this field is about more than simply creating gentler skincare - it's a dedication to achieving an equilibrium with the environment we coexist with, echoed in many other industries.

Fostering conscious consumerism lays the cornerstone for a sustainable future where beauty complements environmental guardianship rather than undermines it. After all, real beauty must indeed be more than skin deep.


Sunday, January 28, 2024

Sephora Birthday Gift 2024 | Kosas Lip and Brow Set In Unbuttoned with Swatches

Every year, Sephora offers a selection of deluxe samples that you can get for free during your birthday month! You can select one item per year and you must be a Beauty Insider which is free to sign up.

I shared my pick this year of the Kosas Set on my Insta and wanted to share here, too. 

This year, there are four choices:
  • Kosas Lip and Brow set
  • Moroccan oil Hair set
  • Youth To The People skincare set
  • 250 points
  • Charlotte Tilbury set for VIB and up
I found it a tough choice this year. I would have chosen the Charlotte Tilbury gift but you have to be a Sephora VIB or above, which I am not. And, since I already have the Moroccan Oil hair oil and I didn't have high hopes for their shampoo and conditioner, and the fact that I already have so much skincare, I decided on the Kosas Set. I looked for swatches online of the Kosas Lip Oil in Unbuttoned but could not find one, so I figured I'd put it "out there" for others to see.


Lip & Brow Birthday Set

- Wet Lip Oil Plumping Treatment Gloss in shade Unbuttoned (Soft Warm Blush): A hybrid lip treatment and gloss packed with hyaluronic acid and peptides to hydrate and visibly plump, without the sting, in a bestselling, soft, warm blush shade. 0.06 oz / 2 mL

- Air Brow Clear + Clean Lifting Treatment Eyebrow Gel with Lamination Effect: A clear brow gel boosted by hair-care actives that lifts and sets brows in place while supporting fuller, healthier-looking brows. 0.06 oz / 1.77 g

Kosas Lip Oil in Unbuttoned and Kosas Air Brow in clear

The Kosas Lip Oil is what I was most interested in. The shade Unbuttoned is described as a Warm Blush Shade. I find it more peachy and would describe it as a warm nude shade.

The Lip Oil comes with a typical doe foot applicator in a tube typical for a lipgloss. I found it very easy to apply and the colour is quite sheer but adds a hint of colour to my pale lips. It's not sticky nor too oily, so it doesn't slip around on my lips. It adds a hint of colour plus hydration to my lips for a healthy and youthful look. The nude shade goes with any look and should suit many skin tones, although will probably look clear on more pigmented and darker lips. The lasting time is average, but even after the colour wears off, my lips still feel more hydrated than before the application.

The clear Brow Gel works well to groom my wild brows and hold them in place. It dries down but doesn't flake off. It claims to have a lamination effect which I have not noticed. In general, I prefer a tinted brow gel but clear ones are great to have on hand for no makeup days as I still like my brows to appear groomed.

Keep scrolling to see the other birthday gift offerings from Sephora for 2024.

All in all, I am happy with my choice this year of the Kosas Lip and Brow Set.

Note that offerings in the USA may be different than the ones here in Canada.

You can get the free Birthday gift on but you must spend a minimum of $25 to get it online. If you pick up your free gift in a Sephora store, no purchase is necessary.

#sephora #sephoragift

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