Coola Mineral LipLux

Coola Suncare Mineral LipLux Review and Swatches by iliketotalkblogIt doesn’t matter what day of the week it is, I always feel like I need something on my lips. And being that I live near the beach and the sun it always shining on us, I like to keep my lips protected when I can. Lately, I’ve been reaching for Coola Mineral LipLux and only wish I had more!

Coola’s line of luxury sun and skincare products are cruelty free, and made using organic ingredients whenever possible. Not only that, they try to use locally sourced and sustainable ingredients to stay as environmentally-friendly as possible while still producing some of the very best sun protection out there today.

The Coola Mineral LipLux line has six shades of slightly tinted lip protection that offer SPF 30 broad spectrum protection. Instead of using chemical sunscreens, these use physical sunscreens like Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide . The formula features over 70% organic ingredients and has the ability to soften and smooth the lips while fending off the harmful rays of the sun. I love a good lip product that’s packed with healthy butters and LipLux fits the bill with an ingredient list that includes organic Shea butter, organic Coconut oil, organic Cupuacu butter and organic Mongongo butter.

My daughter is at an age where she wants to do everything I do, so when mama puts on lip balm, little Zoe needs some too. Then we both smack our lips together to make sure it’s on, haha. It’s much cuter when she does it than when I do it. Because the color is very minimal, I don’t mind and like that we have this fun little thing we do together.

Nude Beach is the perfect “your lips but better” with a slight shade of soft pink. It imparts just enough color for me to feel put together with a little bit of foundation or tinted moisturizer and mascara. While the description on the website says this has a caramel flavor to it, I’d say it is very light and has a subtle sweetness to it.

Skinny Dip is a sheer nude – like, super sheer nude. I’d have to say after doing some googling that it must be the lightest color of the bunch and gives the lips a soft, healthy sheen. Skinny dip is said to have an Earl Gray Tea flavor which I also find to be very light and unobtrusive to those with super sensitive noses.

Coola Suncare Mineral LipLux review and swatches by iliketotalkblog

You do still need to reapply often as they aren’t like a long-lasting lipstick – but honestly who doesn’t mind swiping on a smoothing lip treatment several times a day. I’ll swipe all day long!

I definitely think that I might have to add a couple more colors to my collection since I enjoy them so much, like Summer Crush (a deep pink) and Tan line (a coral shade).

Each tube retails for $18 and can be purchased online directly from the Coola website or through ULTA. To find out more about how awesome the brand Coola is, you can visit their Facebook or Instagram page and drool over their products with me!

Klarity Skincare

Klarity Skincare review by iliketotalkblogIt was only in the recent couple months have been introduced to K beauty products — but I’ve now come across Klarity, a skincare brand hailing from Singapore that has a multi purpose product line to keep skin looking young, healthy and bright. It’s one of the first brands to be Halal certified, cruelty free and vegan.

I was given an opportunity to try a few of their products from their Diamond line and thought you might want to know about it. I was able to choose the Diamond Glow Eye Nano Treatment, Diamond Glow Overnight Masque, and Lasertox CC Miracle White Lotion which gave me an opportunity to try both A.M and P.M treatments and see how well they agreed with my skin.

Klarity Skincare review by iliketotalkblogThe Diamond Glow Eye Nano Treatment is the epitome of eye creams that both my husband and I like using. It feels like an extremely light cream and take a moment to absorb into the skin, but is perfection once you’ve let it set. While lightweight, it still manages to deeply moisturize the skin for 24 hours while giving a young healthy glow to the skin. Glowy under the eyes is just what I like so I used it morning and night and enjoyed patting it into the skin and watching it disappear. The formula is said to be enriched with diamond powder to help achieve that glowy look. This is a wonderfully soft and lightweight treatment that feels really nicely on, has a slight fragrance to it but it dissipates after the product has absorbed into the skin. I’ve only used it for two weeks and do enjoy it, but time will tell if this product is one I will grow to love more.

The Diamond Glow Overnight Masque is also a very lightweight cream that readily absorbs into the skin. I found that this one did well over two out of the three serums I usually use. I think too many layers of “stuff” was interfering with how the product should sit on my skin. Once I lessened other things it felt quite nice and unnoticeable which feels nicer. This overnight masque improves hydration levels while improving collagen production. It did feel that it helped keep my skin hydrated and looking nice in the morning. I love how “thin” the cream felt so that it could absorb quickly. The face masque also had a scent to it that I really enjoyed, but can’t quite put my finger on it.

Lastly, was the daytime product, Klarity LaserTox CC Miracle White Lotion SPF30PA/++. This 11-in-1 formula claims to protect the skin from photo-aging, but can also adjust the tone of your skin by one level immediately after application. I managed to wear this underneath several types of foundations in the past couple weeks and found that it wore well underneath. I usually allowed the lotion to “set” for a few minutes before putting on makeup also. I like that it has a SPF30 level because a lot of makeup that says it has some SPF to it, usually isn’t enough in the first place. I found this also very lightweight, it applied comfortably,  and worked well with my other skincare products without any problems.

Klarity Skincare review by iliketotalkblogOverall, I enjoyed the eye cream product the most. I loved how hydrated my under eye area appeared and looked almost illuminated for a while. I have a hard time remembering to use an eye cream, but I remembered to keep using this one.   I think I need more time using the LaserTox product to really give a thorough review. I do know I like it so far.

To find out more about Klarity, you can visit their website and give them a visit on Facebook or Instagram.

 

Get Clean With Plaine Products

Plaine Products review by iliketotalkblogEnvironmentally safe, cruelty free products

Have you ever taken a look around your bathroom and realized how many products you had that were housed in plastic? The creators of Plaine Products did, and set out to change the way people live by creating a line of natural bath products using sustainable packaging. Environmentally friendly products that are not only cruelty-free and vegan, but made to be effective and biodegradable so it stays safe for the environment.

I was sent their body wash, shampoo and conditioner to try. I was happy to hear that not only was it color-safe for my newly colored hair, but also kid safe since my daughter takes baths at the same time and would be around any products that I use.

The formulas are made with a base of organic aloe vera juice that contains vitamins and 8-essential amino acids to keep hair and skin looking and feeling it’s best. All of the products are naturally scented with rosemary, mint and vanilla which blossoms in the shower. I wasn’t sure what that combo would smell like but overall it smells quite minty and I love it. The scent even lingers well after the shower which I enjoy.

Plaine Products review by iliketotalkblog

What’s really cool about the brand is the fact that the bottles are actually aluminum refillable/reusable bottles. The bottles are large and will last for quite a while and are sturdy so they can take a beating if they fall over in the shower — just watch your foot, haha. Aluminum was chosen because it’s easy to make reusable by sterilization and strong enough for multiple uses. It’s also a material that can be completely recycled without a loss of quality and less energy needed to make that happen!

So what happens when you finally finish up your bottles? You can ship them back in the eco-friendly packaging they sent you the bottles in (remember to rinse them out and replace the original caps the bottles came with) and Plaine Products will take care of the rest!

Plaine Products review by iliketotalkblogHow long will the bottles last you? I did mention earlier that the bottles are pretty large. I’d say they were on the large economy size you’d normally see with big, cheap bottles of shampoo or body wash, but just made with aluminum. The company says they should last you anywhere from two to four months. They also have travel size aluminum bottles which is helpful and will fit in a toiletry bag much better!

I was really surprised by the quality of the shampoo, conditioner and body wash. I was a bit nervous that the quality would be all in the packaging and not in the actual product but there was a lot of attention to detail put into every aspect of the brand. The shampoo suds very well, smells great and doesn’t strip my hair. The conditioner leaves my color processed hair feeling silky and rinses away easily and the body wash produces a nice lather that leaves my skin feeling moisturized. The pumps on the bottles work well, the packaging that the products were ship in are sturdy and the products look nice over all!

To find out more about Plaine Products you can visit their website or give them a follow on Facebook or Instagram.