As discriminating as I am with ingredients, I have a perpetual soft spot for products housed in gorgeous containers. I’ve fell victim to the lure of beautiful packaging more times than I’d like to admit, having purchased beauty products solely for its outward appearance. Shallow? Yes. Ignorant? Blissfully! Now if only natural/green beauty companies would start realizing how desirable beautiful packaging is to the average makeup addict, I wouldn’t have to be so shallow and ignorant, now would I?! Imagine having the best of both worlds: acquiring a stunning compact that opens to reveal makeup that is good and nutritious for your skin. That is exactly what I found with 100% Pure Cocoa Pigmented Bronzer. Check it out, the ingredient list reads nearly like a chocolate fondue:
Cocoa Powder, Cocoa Butter, Powdered Pigments of Cacao, Apricot, Peach, Pomegranate, Blackberry, Raspberry, Coffee, Papaya, Tomato, Black Tea and Acai, Vitamin E (a-tocopherol), Lavender Flower Powder, Rosehip Oil, Avocado Butter, Mica (natural mineral shimmer), Vitamin A (a-palmitate), Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
Since reading about the antioxidant benefits of cacao, I’ve been looking for a skincare treatment that contains this delicious ingredient. Before discovering this bronzer, I attempted to make my own chocolate bronzer by further pulverizing cocoa powder in a blender (Where do I come up with this stuff?!). My homemade concoction didn’t work out too well. It just didn’t adhere to the skin smoothly and looked, yes, like I’ve smeared cocoa powder on my face. This bronzer, on the other hand, provided a soft kiss of color that glided on like velvet (I apply with their Cruelty-free Kabuki Brush that is made of baby-soft (and animal-free) hair). The powder itself is matte but there a miniscule amount of shimmer particles throughout the matte powder. All in all, this is a great bronzer with natural ingredients. To think I can reap the benefits of chocolate in this decadent bronzer makes the beautiful compact an extra perk. I would happily use this even if it wasn’t housed in such a gorgeous metallic maroon-chocolate mirrored compact. But since it does, I can skip that thought and proceed with the ogling. This is the only beautiful compact I own that travels well as it is extremely sturdy and well made. I would absolutely go gaga if they housed all of their powder and solid-cream products in this case!
Farmgirl Beauty Secret # 84: Avoid the ingredients Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide in bronzers and contour powders. This nifty bronzer also doubles as an excellent contour powder since it comes in subtle shades that are not orange-based and the 2 darkers shades are deep enough to contour with. Most importantly, it doesn’t contain Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide. These are great sunblocking mineral ingredients but they also give a white, opaque appearance to the skin, especially when there’s a camera flash involved (ever wonder why your foundation look whiter in photographs?). Anyone who has taken art class in school knows that dark colors recede while light colors highlight and bring forward. For this reason, having Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide in bronzers and contour powders is quite the contradiction, in my opinion. By avoiding these ingredients in bronzers and contour powders, you’ll find that you can bronze/contour with much less product. The sunkissed look you achieve will look more natural and less made up, especially in front of the camera.
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