Solfingers Nail Polish Review and Photos

 Solfingers Nail Polish

Solfingers is the name of a cruelty free company in the United States which sent three nail polishes to review.

Cruelty Free Nail Polish

Solfingers Nail Polish are sold in bottles that contain 15 ml /0.5 fluid oz. All are free from formaldehyde, toluene, camphor and DBP.  The three colors that I have to share with you today are Venus Blush, Hera Shine, and Poseidon Blue.  At the time of this post, all of the Nail Polish are priced at $9.50, which is an excellent price for the quality, and the fact that it also includes free shipping (if you live in the US).

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Cruelty Free Cosmetics: China One Step Closer

Cruelty Free Cosmetics and China

China Just Took One Step Closer to Ending Animal Testing of Cosmetics

Exciting news just out – China has removed its legal requirement for animal testing for ‘ordinary’ cosmetics made and sold domestically. As many of you are aware, China is one of the few countries in the world where cosmetics animal testing is legally mandated. So this rule change is a really significant development. But it’s complicated too, so Wendy Higgins from Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty Free campaign helped me to understand. HSI has been working in China for more than a year to make this happen.   

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Latest Beauty Fads to Waste Your Money

Latest Beauty Fads to Waste Your Money

Latest Beauty Fads to Waste Your Money? Read the post by Dana Ramos, author The Skin Regime; Boot Camp for Beautiful and find out!

 Lastest Beauty Fads to Waste Your Money

There is a salon in New York City that will charge you $180 for the pleasure of having a “Bird Poop” facial.  I’m quite serious.   There is no proof that it does anything good for your skin (in fact–it sound quite unhealthy, even though the poop is “sanitized”).

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The sad truth is that since the dawn of vanity, people–mostly women–have sought increasingly expensive or ridiculous choices in the quest for either better-looking skin, or something that will slow or reverse aging skin.  And rather than reach for medically-proven ingredients and products (like those outlined in my book, The Skin Regime; Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin), people are seduced by marketing promises and luscious-looking jars and bottles, filled with whatever is touted as the “latest” or “newest” fad ingredient; even though that ingredient may be completely useless at worst, or minimally effective at best.

We’ve been through jars containing muds and chocolate; berries, fruits and oils; real or imagined new “chemicals;” hormones and strange “extracts;” collagen; “mysterious” discoveries from far-away lands; and on and on– none of which have been shown to make great improvements in your skin.

Here are a few of the latest  beauty fads that have not been proven to be effective, but companies are trying to get you to buy:

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Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics On the Go Beauty Set

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics On the Go Beauty Set!

I was very excited to receive Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics On-the-Go Beauty Set! This is not only because Youngblood Cosmetics is cruelty free, but also, I had not yet tried any of the six items included in the Set.  All of Youngblood Mineral products are free from talc, perfumes and chemical dyes, and are non-comodogenic (they won’t clog your pores).

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics


Available at the Youngblood Mineral website and New Beauty at Fred Segal for $25.50 USD, this set has deluxe size samples of six of Youngblood Mineral best sellers. As you can see in the photo below, you will also receive a beautiful ostrich print cosmetics bag, in which the products are enclosed. The Set is available for purchase in three colors: light, medium, and dark. I was provided with the Light shade, which was just right for my skin tone.


Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics

 Youngblood Mineral Primer:

Youngblood Mineral Primer is the first item in the Set. It is colorless and, as advertised, definitely helped in several ways. First, it smoothed out my skin so much that my pores were nearly impossible to see. Also, it made a very smooth surface on my skin before I applied my foundation. It is advertised as being lightweight and silky, and that is absolutely true. It does feel velvety. The formula just blended right in, and I think it’s great that it has minerals and vitamins for protecting my skin.

To use, I first applied a moisturizer, and let it soak in. Then, I pumped one drop of the Primer on my fingertips and rubbed them together to thoroughly mix the Primer. Then, I applied the Primer to my face. Youngblood Cosmetics writes that the Primer should be applied in circular motions. I learned what the exact amount was that I needed for my face–don’t overdo it! Just a tiny amount is needed. Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics

Youngblood Mineral Eye Impact Quick Recovery Eye Cream:

Youngblood Mineral Eye Impact Quick Recovery Eye Cream is the second product in the Set, and is advertised as being to, “instantly hydrate and de-puff to reduce the signs of fatigue around the delicate eye area.”  While I can’t write that it happened instantly, I definitely agree that on mornings where I was exhausted, it did reduce the puffiness, and my eye area looked more awake…less fatigued, unlike the rest of me!  I assume that can be attributed to the great ingredients that are in this anti aging eye cream. Menthol and caffeine would help to decrease the puffiness, and the moisturizers include algae, hyaluronic acid, and shea butter.

To use, apply the eye cream with very gentle pats around the eye area. I found that I needed a very small amount, and that wasn’t even a full pump. The eye cream can be used in the mornings, and in the evening, after cleansing your face. It feels cooling when you apply this eye cream.

The only con I can come up with is that some people will argue that a separate eye cream is not necessary. However, as there are ingredients that perk up the eye area, if your facial moisturizer doesn’t have this, you should check it out.

 Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics

Youngblood Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint:

Youngblood Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint is the third product in the Set. This Youngblood Mineral product has many purposes. The formula is developed to provide light coverage to your face. It is lightweight and will provide you with sheer coverage. The ingredients of Seve Marine, Kiwi Extract, and Vitamin E are beneficial because they will help leave your skin smooth.

As soon as I put this on my face, it felt very moisturizing, and left it even toned. As you choose your Kit color (light, medium, or dark) I had just the right amount for a nice healthy looking glow. 

It’s easy to use the Youngblood Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint. Make sure you have applied a moisturizer first, and then simply apply a small amount to your face and blend. Remember, this is a tint, and therefore, provides sheer coverage.

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Youngblood Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint Illuminating:

Youngblood Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint Illuminating is the fourth product. The difference between this and product  described above is that this is Illuminating. It will luminize your face with a golden sheen. The only aspect that you may not want is, of course, the sheen. It’s good to try it, and this deluxe size is a great way to do it.

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics

Youngblood Mineral Illuminating Tint Body:

Youngblood Mineral Illuminating Tint Body is the fifth product in the Beauty Set. It’s a very rich, extremely moisturizing lotion that is tinted, and is formulated to produce a glow on your body. This be used on your décolleté, shoulders, arms and legs. The fragrance is not overpowering, and is from the shea butter and coconut oil. I needed two pumps, and simply smoothed it on for coverage. Keep adding product until you have the coverage you desire. It will make your skin feel very smooth!

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Youngblood Mineral Liquid Mineral Foundation:

Youngblood Mineral Liquid Mineral Foundation is the sixth, and final product, in the Set. The sample I received is the shade ‘Sand,’ because the Set I received was Light. However, while the Set is available in 3 shades (light, medium, and dark), if you purchase the Foundation separately, it is available in nine shades. The shade in the Set may not be a perfect match for you, but don’t let that turn you away from trying it with an appropriate shade.

One squeeze from the tube is all I needed. You can use a brush, your fingers, or a sponge. No matter what method I used, I loved the finish, and while I’m not sure the color was the perfect one for me, (I would want to also try the shades of pebble and shell), it did give me an excellent chance to see, and feel, the Foundation on my face.

Youngblood Mineral CosmeticsFinal Thoughts on the Youngblood Mineral On the Go Beauty Set:

I agree with Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Founder and President, Pauline Youngblood, that “With a retail value of $33.50, the On-the-Go Beauty Set is a very pretty, reasonably-priced gift you might want to give to yourself, too!” This is a great way to to sample deluxe size products that you haven’t yet tried from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, or even to have an extra, on the go size of these super products.

Ingredients of Youngblood Mineral On the Go Beauty Set:

Mineral Primer: Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Smithsonite Extract, Rhodochrosite Extract, Malachite Extract, Hematite Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol. PAO 12M

Eye Impact Quick Recovery Eye Cream: Water (Aqua, Eau), Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Steareth-20, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Algae Extract, Niacinamide, Fraxinus Excelsior Bark Extract, Silanetriol, Potassium Citrate, Silica, Dimethicone, Hyaluronic Acid, Menthyl Lactate, Caffeine, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Allantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). PAO 6M

Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint/Illuminating: Water (Aqua, Eau), Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone, Hexyl Laurate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone, Crosspolymer, Stearyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Algae Extract, Sodium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Menthyl Lactate, Allantoin, EDTA, Hyaluronic Acid, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Smithsonite Extract, Rhodochrosite Extract, Malachite Extract, Hematite Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). PAO 18M

Liquid Mineral Foundation: Water (Aqua, Eau), Cyclomethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Glycerin, Reduced Salt Deep Sea Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Polyoxyethylene, Methylpolysiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone, Squalane, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Natto Gum, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Magnolia Biondii Bark Extract, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Propolis Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Thujopsis Dolabrata Branch Extract, Allantoin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Natural Fragrant Essential Oils: Lemon, Orange, Ylang-Ylang). May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499). PAO 12M

Mineral Illuminating Tint BODY: Water (Aqua, Eau), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Argan Oil, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Triethanolamine. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499). PAO 12M

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Mont Bleu Beauty Products with Swarovski Crystals

Mont Bleu

Beauty products are obviously of interest to me. A beauty product with Swarovski Crystals…extra interesting, and gorgeous! Two of the three beauty products that were sent to me have them as an added decorative touch to the products. The Swarovski Crystals have a very unique light reflecting quality to them due to the unique amount of edges. Mont Bleu is a company whose glass nail files I have previously reviewed, and they have sent three beauty products for me to share with you today: a compact mirror, tweezers and a glass foot file.

Mont Bleu is based in Prague, Czech Republic, and they produce and decorate, their products with crystals from CRYSTALLIZED™ Swarovski Elements. Check out the Mont Bleu online shop.

This is the amazing photo that Mont Bleu uses on Twitter (they spell it Mont Blue there).

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