28 July 2014

New Finds: Earthpaste, Suki, Lauren Brooke & NCLA

Today I want to talk about a few things I've been loving lately.  All of these are new-to-me finds that I haven't used for very long, but first impressions are good and I didn't want to wait any longer to share them!

Earthpaste - Lemon Twist & Spearmint
It's crazy to think I've been using Earthpaste for close to two years now!  In a lot of ways, I still feel like this glycerin-free toothpaste is a relatively new discovery.  Alas, it does explain why, after many, many tubes, my eyes were starting to wander.  Sadly, even two years in, glycerin-free toothpaste options are pretty scarce, so I was happy to discover two new-to-me flavor offerings from Earthpaste.  The lemon - "for kids of all ages" - is great if you're looking for something sweet and different from standard toothpaste flavors.  It's zesty and refreshing, but without any mint or menthol, that cool, tingly feeling isn't there.  Spearmint is way on the other end of the spectrum.  It's unsweetened and extra strong - perfect for anyone who may have complained the original Earthpaste flavors weren't minty enough. I wouldn't mind if they sweetened it a tiny bit, but I'll go with it for all the spearminty goodness this small tube is packing. 

Suki Concentrated Balancing Toner
As much of a skincare junkie as I am, I'm still not completely sold on toners.  I know all the theoretical benefits, but for every great toner I've used, I think I've tried at least two others that either did nothing for me or actually irritated my skin. One that I would recommend, however, is Suki's Concentrated Balancing Toner (renamed the Concentrated Clarifying Toner).  I have the mini, trial size and I've only been using it for about a week and a half, but I've already noticed a difference in the appearance of the pores on my nose.  Overall, my skin seems a little more even too, although I could be imagining that part.  My skin really doesn't fit the combo-to-oily recommendation for Suki's balancing products, but I get on better with products in this range than ones in their Nourishing line.  Go figure...

 Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Finishing Powder
Whether I'm wearing a powder foundation (most days) or a liquid or cream one, I always like to use a finishing powder on top.  A good one can really make a difference, and Lauren Brooke's, which I happily received in a Facebook giveaway, checks all my boxes.   It sets your makeup, and also blurs small lines and imperfections, giving your skin a slightly airbrushed finish.  It also helps to control oil and shine throughout the day and can even be reapplied several times without looking cakey or overdone. 

NCLA Nail Lacquer in Let's Stay Forever
I usually gravitate towards dark colors and the occasional bright, so Let's Stay Forever, the pastel blue polish from June's Petit Vour box, definitely fell outside my usual nail polish color palette.  And, truth be told, application is not the best.  One coat is streaky and uneven and two is a very white, milky blue, but after three coats, you hit that sweet spot.  There's no denying that it's a pale color, but once fully opaque, the polish also has a slight, almost neon brightness that's pretty stunning, and totally worth the extra effort.  I recently switched this color out on my toes in favor of Petit Vour's July offering (LVX Lolli), but I think I'll be going back to Let's Stay Forever pretty soon. 

Have you discovered any fantastic products recently?

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  1. I found the NCLA polish very difficult to apply when I first tested it! I may give it a try again. I was gonna get Earthpaste but then I decided to go with EcoholicBeauty's recommendation of Jason's. It's my first time trying natural toothpastes and I'm still getting used to the fact that it doesn't foam up and my teeth don't feel as clean?

    1. I haven't tried the Jason's, but my impression is that Earthpaste takes things one step even further away from conventional toothpaste. I never really used conventional (my parents were mostly natural too!), so for me, it wasn't a big deal, but Earthpaste has zero foam and is pretty different from most toothpastes. That said, it does leave my teeth feeling smoother and a lot cleaner in that way than any other natural toothpaste I've used. Might be worth a try!

  2. Ooh I bought the Suki toner at the Field Trip Tour but I haven't opened it yet as I have 3 toners that I'm using up first....can't wait to try it out now! The minty toothpaste sounds great, wonder if I can get it in the UK! x

    1. Oooo nice, I bet you'll enjoy it :) My mini hasn't lasted very long - it's just about done now - so I think I need to pick up the larger bottle soon too! I don't know if you can get Earthpaste in the UK. All the other flavors are available on iherb, but the Spearmint isn't on there yet :(

  3. I was using Toms and have been using Earthpaste for a few weeks. I won't go as far as to say I hate it, but man does it feel like I am brushing my teeth with nothing. Like really. It feels like I need to use twice the product too. And it doesn't even feel like my mouth is clean after.

    1. I guess it's not for everyone! The Spearmint definitely leaves your mouth feeling fresher than the other flavors, but it does have the same consistency as the rest, so if you don't like them, you probably wouldn't like that one either. I do think there are lots of other good, natural toothpastes out there, as long as you aren't bothered by glycerin :)


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